Category Archives: Organic

Book Review – The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

This was one of the first books I read off of my summer reading list, and it was a fast favorite! Kristin Kimball, Harvard grad and journalist from Manhattan, NYC, falls in love with farming (and farmer Mark) and shares her love story in this charming, autobiographical novel. (The e-book subtitle is “On Farming, Food and Love.”)

Kristin describes her journey from a high-speed city with its high-stress jobs, high heels and high-priced designer clothes to an Upstate New York, ground roots, self-sustaining, organic farm; from being a vegetarian to learning to eat every last piece of the cow they slaughtered themselves. Humorous, romantic, and inspirational.

She goes season by season, sharing the hilarious moments of starting Essex Farm from scratch, the agonizing memories of the morning cow-milking ritual, cold nights, delicious home-grown meals, and planning a wedding and feeding everyone from the animals and produce you’ve raised with your own sweat and tears.

In fact, I loved this book so much, I gave it to my mother to leave on their farm in Tennessee.

Published by Scribner in 2011. 304 pages.

Who Says Eating Healthy Costs More?!

I’m not sure why I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s more often! Probably because it’s a little bit out of the way to get there, but it’s still not that far out of the way. Can you believe I only spent $52.03 on all this, without using one coupon?! And it’s all either organic or at least all-natural and unprocessed! My plan is to shop at Trader Joe’s once a week through the end of the year and see if I can keep our budget to about $50 per week.

Here’s what’s I picked up yesterday (as seen in the picture above):

  • Flour Tortillas
  • Applegate Roast Beef Slices
  • Applegate Herbed Turkey Slices
  • Swiss Cheese Slices
  • Large container of Grape Tomatoes
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 bags of Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Sliced White Mushrooms
  • 1.5 lbs. Ground Turkey
  • Shredded Cheese Blend
  • Red Onions
  • Bananas
  • 3 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
  • Feta Cheese
  • Bok Choy
  • Orange Juice

I also picked up condiments for $1 each at Earthfare (stock-up sale) and got free chips and salsa with my $5 purchase!

And here’s how I plan to use it:

  • Breakfasts:
    • Orange Juice
    • Hard Boiled or Scrambled Eggs (a friend picked up 3 dozen Eggland’s Best Eggs during a buy-one-get-one-free sale, plus coupons for me last week for $1.20 total!)
    • Cereal and Milk (already had on hand)
    • Sweet Potato Hash with Edamame
    • Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar (already had on hand)
  • Lunches:
    • Roast Beef or Turkey Wraps with Swiss Cheese and Lettuce
    • Salad with Feta, Black Olives (on hand), Roasted Beets (on hand), Carrots, and Tomatoes
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (on hand –  make homemade bread)
  • Dinners:
    • Enchiladas with Ground Turkey and Shredded Cheese (top with sour cream and red onion)
    • Baked Potatoes and Broccoli with Cheese
    • Grilled Chicken and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
    • Stir-Fry with Carrots, Bok Choy, Onion, and Mushrooms and Rice
    • Breakfast for Dinner
    • Turkey Burgers and Potato Wedges
    • Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic and Cheddar, served over Quinoa
  • Snacks:
    • Bananas
    • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
    • Carrot Cupcakes
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Chips and Salsa

 

Memorial Day Feast…Good Enough for Any Special Occasion

We had company this weekend, so I planned this special dinner, but it never worked out to make it (it’s fairly heavy and takes about 4 hours to make). So, when our friends (and mentors) from church texted me on Sunday night, I asked if they had anything planned for Memorial Day. We ended up having a delicious dinner and played a game of Dominion while eating dessert and sipping coffee. What a fun night! Here’s the menu:

They brought a salad and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream and we made the following dishes, along with coffee and iced tea:

I forgot to take a picture the night of, but here’s a picture of the leftovers with some steamed broccoli and fruit salad:

Bryan told me I could make this dish anytime I want (actually he told me about six times over the next three days). That’s a definite win… (*scurries to write down recipe*). And we had plenty of leftovers for several meals. So rich and delicious!

Note: It did take a while to make, but most of that time is inactive time, so you can do something else while it simmers away on the stove for three hours. When the ribs have 30 minutes left, start your risotto recipe and finish it  while your sauce reduces (you may want to add a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce after it’s reduced for a while; put 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch in a small ball and stir in 1/4 c. of the hot broth until it’s smooth, then add the cornstarch mixture back into the sauce pot). While your sauce is reducing, start the carrot dish (takes about 15 minutes total).

Bon Appetit!

Memorial Day Weekend Basket and Weekly Meal Plan!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ Summer Squash (yellow squash and zucchini), Parisi Farms’ Cucumbers, Parisi Farms’ Baby Potatoes (red and white), Parisi Farms’ Cabbage, Watsonia Farms’ Peaches, Cameo Apples, Strawberries, Sunnyridge Florida Blueberries, Baby Spring Lettuce Mix, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, and Yellow Jumbo Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan via PepperPlate.com:

Recipes for This Week’s Meal Plan:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Hope it’s a good holiday, remembering those who have served our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom! Have fun sharing these gorgeous fruits and vegetables with your friends and family as you celebrate! I know I will!

Spring Produce Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Baby Spinach, Broccoli, Star Ruby (red) Grapefruit, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Curly Parsley, Cameo Apples, Peaches, Hurricane Creek’s Bibb Lettuce, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Parisi Onion Mix, and Parisi Beets with Greens. Some baskets also included Kiwi.

This Week’s Menu Plan (via PepperPlate.com):
 Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of Irish inspired feasting, recognizing the patron saint of Ireland for bringing Christianity to Ireland. There is wearing of green and talking of leprechauns and eating of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage.

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included traditional Irish ingredients, like Local Green Cabbage and Red Potatoes, Jumbo Carrots and Yellow Onions, along with some other seasonal goodies, including Parisi Farms Turnip Greens, Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Bananas, Valencia Oranges, Braeburn Apples, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, and Boston Butter Lettuce.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan that aren’t on the M&H Blog‘s Recipes Archive Page:

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Carrots, Garnet Yams, Leeks, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, D’Anjou Pears, Honey Tangerines, Brussels Sprouts, Parisi Farms Collard Greens, Red Bell Peppers, and (Boston) Butter Lettuce.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Other Recipes from Meal Plan are available on the Recipes Archive page at Milk and Honey Organics’ blog.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Golden Nugget Mandarins, Golden Delicious Apples, Ruby (pink) Grapefruit, Limes, Parisi Green Onions, Green Leaf Lettuce, Parisi Cabbage, Hass Avocados, Parisi Broccoli, Red Potatoes, and Grape Tomatoes.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

I used PepperPlate.com once again to create the meal plan. All recipes can be found on the Milk and Honey Organics’ Blog Recipe Archives page.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket (from Milk and Honey Organics) Included: Honeycrisp Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Ruby Grapefruit, Tangelos, Red Onions, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Local Collards, Baby Spinach, Russet Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, and Hurricane Creek Tomatoes (and for Fruit Baskets Only: Starfruit).

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Bon Appetit!

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included: Kale and Sweet Onions (with Tops) from Parisi Farms, Limes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Plum Tomatoes, Blueberries, Romaine Lettuce, Bananas, Hamlin Oranges, Cauliflower, Hass Avocados, and Arkansas Black Apples.

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

 Recipes from this week’s meal plan:

Bon Appetit!

~Melissa