Category Archives: Celebrities Going Green

AVOID GMOs – Dr. Perlmutter Adds His Voice

Merry Christmas….and here’s my gift to you.
DON’T BUY GMO foods or use RoundUp

Okay, this may not seem like an appropriate post during the holidays but what greater gift can you give yourself, your family than good health?

Growing organic veggies is easy.

Grow your own food; you’ll know where’s it’s been.

If you want to eat healthier and don’t want to grow it yourself, if you want to support local farmers and growers and walk a bit softly on the earth we call home, perhaps 2016 is the year you get started.

One of the easiest ways to begin your quest for health is to READ and decide to buy or not buy based on what the product is, what it contains and who made it.

It’s common knowledge that one of the easiest things to do is cut out GMO products – cut them out, get rid of processed foods, start buying and eating organic.

Now Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Brain Maker and Brain Game, adds his voice to those warning about GMOs but his information is a bit more frightening than any I have read before (and I have read an awful lot about this topic).

Dr. Perlmutter shares the most recent and perhaps most damning research that shows that GMOs are the tip of a very unhealthy iceberg called glyphosate.  You all know glyphosate more commonly as RoundUp.

Here’s the quote that makes me want to rant, and rave and cry…don’t buy RoundUp or any of its derivatives.  Don’t eat GMO food. “Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles.”

Don’t believe Dr. Perlmutter?  Read the research yourself.

Try making this your New Year’s resolution: leave the weeds alone!  Or eat them. Or pull them. Or burn them. Or pour pretzel salt and white vinegar on them.  But for your sake, your family’s sake, the planet’s sake, don’t spray them with RoundUp or any of it’s relatives.

What you spray ends up in the water table, your food, your neighbor’s kids, you.  Please, stop.  Please.

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Holiday Entertaining: Recipe for Lasagna with Cabbage

My Italian born husband loves this lasagna and so do I.

Adapted from Crescent Dragonwagon‘s cookbook – The Passionate Vegetarian,Pumpkin and Bean Lasagna is rich, flavorful and, once you have the fillings assembled, easy to make.

Another plus is this lasagna is diabetic friendly!  I only use 15 (fifteen) lasagna noodles in a five pound casserole.  So my husband can enjoy exceptional flavor and not worry about his blood sugar.

Give it a try on a cool, rainy day and you may never go back to the old fashioned way of making lasagna again.

FYI – as I mentioned, this is a 5 pound lasagna — a BIG lasagna using a pan that is about 5 inches deep, 15 inches long and 12 inches wide.  After guests have had their fill, I cut whatever I have left into serving sizes and freeze it for another rainy day.

The ingredients are listed in order and, like most lasagnas, you assemble the fillings before you start to put the dish together.

Cabbage, Pumpkin & Bean Lasagna

Carmelized Garlic – 20 cloves of garlic, halved and pan fried until just golden.

Bean & Butternut Filling – 2 pounds of pumpkin (or butternut) cut into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces and pan fried under low heat until soft.  2 cups cooked kidney beans, drained. Mash the pumpkin or squash slightly and mix in the kidney beans

Cabbage – Cabbage sliced in ½ inch thick ribbons  NOTE:  I use the cabbage to take the place of most of the lasagna noodles.

Cheese Filling – 1 pound ricotta cheese, 3 raw eggs, 2 ounces cream cheese and 1 cup milk. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.

Spices – Nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste.

3 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese

Whole wheat lasagna noodles – uncooked.  If using cabbage in place of noodles you will only need about 15 noodles.

Tomato or Spaghetti Sauce – I use 2 quarts in my lasagna.

Once you have all the layers ready, start assembling your lasagna the way you always do.  Cover with aluminum foil then bake at 350 degrees for about 75 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 20 to 30 minutes to let top brown a bit and release some moisture.

Let sit for about 15 minutes before you cut and serve it.

I like this dish because I can serve it and actually sit down to dinner with my guests.  Hope you like it, too.
Happy holidays to everyone!

Sustainable Living Advocates Offer Information & Hope

If you have ever felt alone in your quest to grow your own food, shrink your carbon footprint, learn new ways to help yourself, your family and your community be healthy and happy, watch this free series of videos from Nathan Crane.

Crane traveled with his wife and daughter, met with an eclectic group of people who aren’t just talking about sustainability; they are living it.  There are, “…49 Concerned Citizens, Environmentally Conscious Educators, International Authors, Green Business Owners, School Teachers, Hip-Hop Artists, and Politicians…” who participated in this 12 part series.

These are my people. They make me smile. The give me hope.  They let me know that I am not alone; you are not alone.  We are out there and each of us is making a difference.

Watch and hear their thoughts and feelings about our current state and get ideas for how each of us can make changes.  Small changes can become big, very quickly as those of you who are fighting Monsanto know.

I don’t know what will happen to this series after its web debut – each episode is only available for 24 hours after posting so watch and learn, be heartened, be part of the change that might help save the planet.

Source: Watch The Search for Sustainability Documentary Series FREE! — The Self Reliance Summit

How to Grow Figs, with Lee Reich from A Way To Garden

Two of my favorite gardening resources got together to discuss how to grow figs and the outcome is an information-packed  article coupled with a podcast!

Lee Reich, whose books include Grow Fruit Naturally: A Hands-On Guide to Luscious, Homegrown Fruit, The Pruning Book: Completely Revised and Updated and Weedless Gardening, shares his secrets for growing figs with Margaret Roach — a gardening expert in her own right.

FYI – in case you’re thinking it’s too cold where you live to grow figs, read on.  Both of these gardeners live in Zone 5 and still grow figs.  And the topic of growing figs is one of my favorite.

I have two fig trees in my Southeastern PA zone 6 – one is the Celeste the other was a cutting from a tree brought to America in 1910(?) by a friend’s great grandfather.

Both did beautifully for years, providing so many figs that I gave them away, diced and froze them and made fig jam!

But in the last 2 years, the very cold winters have really hurt them. I am back to just getting stems with leaves growing up from the roots in the ground that survived.   I hope to get figs again next year or the year after because this is a superb fruit.

One of my favorite ways to eat them is right off the tree! But if I manage to get a few in the house, I chill them, cut them in half, place a small round of goat cheese on each half and drizzle balsamic vinegar mixed with honey on each half. Heaven!

I hope you enjoy Margaret Roach’s interview with Lee Reich and give figs a try!

Taking Care of Peaches from Tasty Landscape

Snow Peach ready for picking.

Dr. Osborne is an expert on growing trees, especially, fruit trees.

Wish I had known Dr. Osborne (no, not Dr. Oz but Dr. Thomas Osborne) back when I tried raising peach trees! I might actually still have them.

Dr. Osborne, MD, whose medical specialty is Radiology, loves plants, loves gardening and loves sharing what he knows about growing, caring for and harvesting food.

He is especially knowledgeable when it comes to trees and fruit trees in particular. (Check out his article on pruning – well-written and easy to follow!)

If you’ve tried to grow fruit, you know it is fraught with problems from pests to fungus to bacteria.  So, cruise over to his blog, settle in with a good cup of coffee or tea and read all about growing and caring for peach trees.

Tropic Snow Peach Tree Care – TastyLandscapeTastyLandscape.

Lee Reich’s Annual Plant Sale is ON!

Lee Reich is having a plant sale!

If you’ve read my book – Grow So Easy; Organic Gardening for the Rest of Us or enjoy my blog, you know who Lee Reich is.  He lives on his “farmden” (farm/garden) in New Paltz, New York, teaches everything from drip irrigation to pruning to organic gardening and is one of my favorite gardening resources.

Reich’s books – Grow Fruit Naturally and The Pruning Book – occupy pride of place on my gardening bookshelves.  And now, you have a chance to meet Reich and even buy some of his homegrown, organic plants!

Reich is holding his annual Plant & Garden Sale on May 30th and is offering organically grown plants including:

  1. Hardy passionfruit
  2. Dwarf banana
  3. Hardy kiwi fruits
  4. Seedless grapes
  5. Two crop figs
  6. White alpine strawberries
  7. Nanking cherries

…and a whole lot more.!  Reich will also have to some tools and books and other garden stuff!  Here are the details.

SALE: Saturday, May 30th, from 10am-2pm (please, no earlybirds)
387 Springtown Rd., New Paltz, NY

For information or updated plant list: 845-255-0417

And, coming up, on June 20th, Drip Irrigation workshop.  Drip irrigation for: greater yields, saving water, less plant disease, easy automation.  Cost: $57
For registration and more information –  http://www.leereich.com/workshops

Margaret Roach Holds Open House

If you live anywhere near Margaret Roach’s New York home, you should sign up for her open house in May.

Roach, who has written three books including ” A Way to Garden, I Shall Have Some Peace There and Backyard Parables, was also the leading garden writer for 25 years at Martha Stewart Living.

She hosts  a public-radio show and, on rare occasions, opens her 2.3 acre spread in the Hudson Valley to experts and visitors for a day of delightful learning and sharing of all things gardening.

But what’s really wonderful about this accomplished woman is how very human she is, how real and how willing she is to share mistakes, secrets and her special gardening friends.

Her open houses fill up fast so visit her site and sign up if you can go.  Then share what you see, learn and love about visiting with this extraordinary author, gardener and fellow human being.