Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding

I cannot tell you how much I love bread pudding. For me, the traditional version brings together some of my favorite, comforting elements: bready carbs, light sweetness, heady creaminess. I love it when you get a bite that’s slightly crunchy, slightly caramelized, and entirely scrumptious. The only things that could make it better are: chocolate, booze […]

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Which Way Do We Go?!: Expat Prep

People keep asking us what we are doing so I will try to catch us up! After our last farm stay in Louisiana, we wandered back towards California in order to be home for the holidays. We spent a wonderful couple of holiday months in LA with family and friends and lots and lots of […]

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How Can I Write About Sustainability When the World is Imploding?

I have been trying to figure out what to write next for quite some time. I like sharing our travel stories and information we’ve learned about farming, sustainability, permaculture and food. No, actually, I love it – especially when readers respond with wonder, advice and gratitude. It makes me hopeful; like we are actually doing […]

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Gettin’ Cozy With Thermal Mass

Greenhouses help to extend the growing season on farms across the United States and around the world. However, controlling the interior climate is key as plants have a hard time withstanding extreme temperature shifts. This means many farmers spend significant amounts of resources on energy to heat and cool. At Millsap Farms, greenhouses are critical and Curtis […]

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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

I’ve decided that this summer, since we have a house with a spacious kitchen and no social life, I’m going to try at least two new recipes per week. Last week it was chicken souvlaki. This is not something I’d order in a restaurant, I just liked the idea of grilled meat and yogurt sauce. (And […]

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Campfire Kids

In October, we found ourselves at Keachi Acres, the homestead of Mary and Tom Nesbitt, about 45 minutes south of Shreveport, LA. I had thought, after reading their farm profile on WWOOF, that Tom and Mary might be hippies, that they’d have long hair and loads of tie-dye. Although they did drop out of “mainstream […]

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Enjoy the Journey Already

By the time we arrived at Yellow Bird Farm near Woodbury, TN we felt like seasoned WWOOFers. Farm rhythms had seeped into our lives (even though we never acquired the habit of waking early to feed and water the animals – which I now regret.) I finally felt confident that I knew a lot about […]

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Recipe: Kitchari Comfort Food

All of a sudden kitchari appeared. We had never heard of it before and then it was everywhere. A staple, Ayurvedic comfort food, kitchari, also called khichdi, is used to ease the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract. Lucky for us it came into our world just as we were about to embark on a […]

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Farming or Vacation?

Well, hell…I am so far behind on my blog posts about our farm visits (and it doesn’t help that I keep taking time to research and write my article, Where Our Food Comes From) but I’ll try and get us caught up while still giving each farm visit its fair shake. Mid-July, we left upstate New […]

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Recipe: Ms. Kray Kray’s Pecan Pie

I know I shouldn’t be doing this. Even though I cut the sugar quotient down quite a bit, we Americans already eat waaaaay too much sugar. And, I’m pretty sure dessert does not need the extra pub. The thing is… this pie is so f’ing amazing – it is, quite literally, a stunner. I made […]

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Where Does Our Food Come From: Part II

IN THE BEGINNING The Bible claims that Cain killed Abel because he was jealous of God’s favor with his brother’s blood sacrifice. Cain, a farmer, made an offering of grain, while Abel, a shepherd, sacrificed a lamb. Why God preferred one gift over the other is uncertain, but, if we consider this story to be […]

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Farm Management 101

We spent the last two weeks of September at Millsap Farms, an idyllic patchwork of fields and greenhouses about 20 minutes north of downtown Springfield, MO. Curtis and Sarah Millsap run the farm with help from their nine children plus various interns, CSA members, WWOOFers and farmhands. (Yes, I said nine, all of whom are […]

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