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How to Start Rosemary from a Cutting

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs.

Its culinary uses are endless, its scent is relaxing, and it’s a pretty plant to boot. It’s also incredibly easy to grow and can take a beating and come back for more year after year. With an enormous new permaculture garden underway, I knew I wanted rosemary to play a big role. Rather than start a bunch of rosemary plants from seed or buy them, I opted to start my own rosemary plants from cuttings.

Rooting Rosemary Cuttings

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Michael Joins the Cooking School at Irwin Street

vegan-curry-300x300Many of you have followed me for years, both for gardening and food content. When I started including more recipes a couple of years ago, the reaction was – and continues to be – favorable. Likewise, the response to my first Food Camp cookbook has been overwhelmingly positive. Now I have even more good news to share.

I have joined a fantastic team of chefs at The Cooking School at Irwin Street in Atlanta. Beginning next month I will teach classes to small groups with plenty of focused attention.

My first class is called Vegan Food for Skeptics, and there are currently four available dates for this particular class where we will make a delicious soup, salad, and entrée with more protein than the average adult needs for the entire day! The menu for this class includes:

  • Coconut Tomato Soup
  • Arugula Couscous Salad
  • Winter Curry with Brown Rice

For more information, class schedule, and to reserve your space, click here.

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Smooth as Silk Roasted Corn Chowder

Roasted Corn Chowder

You might not be thinking about soups and stews in the heat of the summer, but when fresh corn is at its peak, I just can’t help myself. My Roasted Corn Chowder is rich and creamy, and no one would believe that it is completely vegan! You won’t miss the butter or heavy cream – in fact, you will think you taste them and yet there is none in this recipe.

Give it a shot and don’t tell your guests that it is vegan. No one will ever know.

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Now that the summer tomato harvest is beginning for most of us, it seemed only right that we delve headlong into an easy, tasty tomato recipe. One of my favorite ways to prepare the little bulbs of sweetness known as cherry tomatoes is to roast them, so that’s what we’re going to explore today.

There is no doubt that when it comes to produce, tomatoes are at the top of my list of favorites. You can prepare them any way imaginable: slice them for a sandwich, coat and fry them when they’re green, chop them for salsa, slow cook and puree them for sauce… the delectable list goes on and on.

The best part about this particular recipe for Roasted Cherry Tomatoes is that if you can turn on the oven, you can make this amazing magic happen in less than half an hour.Roasted Cherry Tomatoes [click to continue…]

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My Earth Garden: The Next Chapter

Late last year I took a big step toward realizing a lifelong dream.

Anyone who knows me knows that my beliefs and lifestyle have always veered a bit left of center. One of those beliefs that I haven’t spoken much about until now focuses on the concept of the retirement plan and all that such a plan entails. It will probably come as no big surprise that my ideas about a plan for retirement are far different from what is generally accepted. Those ideas are what lead me to the next chapter in my life.

My Earth Garden Homestead Site

 

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6 Things You Need to Know

6 Things You Need to Know

 

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Homemade Baked Ziti

If you don’t love pasta, I don’t know what is wrong with you. What I do know is that my homemade baked ziti will probably cure you of whatever it is.

Homemade Baked Ziti

 

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Introducing Food Camp: My new digital cookbook

Food Camp Kitchen Survival Skills Level 1 is the first in my new series of cookbooks available now on Amazon.com.

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Food Camp is survival training for the kitchen impaired; a how-to guide that will teach you to prepare the basic dishes we all love and to do them well. Start your training with basic breakfast foods like eggs and smoothies, then move on to your choice of several soups and salads for lunch. The dinner menu has plenty to choose from for even the most picky eaters, like burgers, fries, macaroni & cheese and even chicken nuggets. Did we mention dessert? Let’s just say your sweet tooth with not be disappointed.

Download yours now!

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Homemade Gel Ice Pack

I’ve seen this mentioned a few times but I could never track down the original source.  There were images all over social media explaining how to make a homemade ice pack but I wanted to give this homemade gel ice pack thing a try, especially since I am training to run a 10K in a few weeks.  Turns out, it works perfectly!

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EDIT: A word of caution about the alcohol. Don’t use scented alcohol because the odor will seep into the freezer (and refrigerator), even if you double bag it! Learn from my mistakes, people. You don’t want wintergreen scented soy milk. It just isn’t right.

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Should I Buy in Bulk?

We hear it all the time: “Buy in bulk and save big!”  Is it really true though?  The answer may surprise you.

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