Archive for June, 2010

Organic Raspberry Bars

I’ve always loved Linzer torte cookies, the buttery, fruit-filled cookies, I had as a kid and these bars are very similar, and even easier to make.  I used organic raspberry preserves but you could use any flavor that you like. 

To toast the nuts, put them on a baking sheet in a 350° oven for 5 minutes. Check if they’re fragrant and lightly toasted, if not give them 2 more minutes. I chopped them in a small coffee grinder but you can knife/food processor chop them as well. They smell wonderful once they’re toasted.

I used a combination of evaporated cane juice and sucanat and I also used half organic whole-wheat flour and half organic unbleached flour. I will try this again with sprouted flour, but as I’ve not made the recipe before I decided to try it out this way first. They were wonderful!

Yields about 48 bars and they freeze well too.

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Organic New York Cheesecake

This is the first time I’ve ever made cheesecake. I had to try a NY style recipe as that’s where I’m from, and this was a true New York Cheesecake. Delicious and organic too! The original recipe I used did not mention a water bath so I didn’t use one. The cheesecake cracked but was still delicious. It’s even better after being in the refrigerator overnight.  To make a water bath you can put a tray of hot water on the shelf under the cheesecake. I will try that next time.

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Ready In: 7 Hours 30 Minutes

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Buying and Saving Seeds

I’ve been buying organic and heirloom seeds for a number of years now. I’ve also been learning to save seeds. As Monsanto continues to be allowed to patent seeds and life it makes it even more important to save seeds.

This year I had joined the Seed Savers Exchange as I read good thing about them in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable and Miracle book.  I will not join them ever again.  I read a letter from their original founder telling about the people who took over Seed Savers and threw him out of his own non-profit. They are putting every seed in their holding into a seed bank that supplies Monsanto and Syngenta. Basically they’re giving away all the seeds that the members have contributed in good faith to the corporations who are trying to own seeds for profit.

You can read about it here: http://beginningfarmers.org/seed-savers-exchange-the-new-real-story-including-intrigue-deception-the-doomsday-vault-excerpt-of-a-letter-from-its-founder/

So I wanted to share links from some places I’ve used and found that have organic and heirloom seeds.  All of these I’ve either used personally, or had recommendations from other who have used them.

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GMO’s in the News

GMO’s in the news

I’ll be happy when the only articles about GMO’s are about how we USED to grow them, and they’ve been outlawed for safety concerns. Mom

UK: Food Standards Agency on Hot Seat over GMOs

by Suzanne Schreck | Jun 08, 2010

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