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Jeweled Rice or Wedding Rice

By Jan Buhrman

Middle Eastern/West Asian cooking, specifically the Iranian culinary style, is unique to Iran but has naturally been influenced by neighboring regions at various stages throughout its history. Due to the fact that Iran was formerly known as Persia, cuisine from the region is alternately referred to as Iranian or Persian. When I serve this...

Quick Pickled Peppers.

By Jan Buhrman

We pickle a lot of vegetables in our kitchen. We have a policy that nothing goes to waste and that means when there is abundance, we get to pickling.It is a very tasty way to preserve food when it is at it’s peak and enjoy a few days or weeks later.We pickle everything and...

Mayonnaise: Spreading Truth

By Jan Buhrman

Last week, we were butchering the pigs and the BEST part of butchering the pig is taking whatever piece of meat you want, cooking it up right there and eating it! There is nothing like fresh meat taken right off of a primal cut. So, last week it was lunch time – there were...

No Poison Served…

By Jan Buhrman

I was in my son’s high school this week and I noticed a person drinking a diet soda. I became irritated that we allow this in schools. I remember my days when I was a school teacher and teachers smoked in the school lunch room and all around the school grounds. In only 15...

PLU – meaning behind the numbers

By Jan Buhrman

80% of all processed foods in the US are genetically modified. The FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. How is one to know while they are shopping how the food is grown? Do you wonder if the tomato you’re eating has been crossbred with frog genes to render the tomato...

Crop Subsidies = dinner?

By Jan Buhrman

Imagine if we had to live only on the foods that our government subsidizes for the crops from the Food and Farm Bill? The “subsidy garden” reflects the $11 billion per year spent on BIG AG. The subsidy garden consists of: corn wheat rice cotton soybeans tobacco sorghum canola sunflower Which would you prefer...

Who Owns Organic?

By Jan Buhrman

Dr. Phil Howard, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State, is responsible for the creation and updating of the organic food business chart. He teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program. The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically...

Shrimp…

By Jan Buhrman

I have been ordering Maine wild shrimp this past month. They truly are delicious delicacies that pop in your mouth.  Whichever way I cook them (sautéed, or in a soup), I cook them until they are ‘just cooked’ and then serve them.  Very similar to cooking scallops, I pull them off  the heat before...

Bee My Honey

By Jan Buhrman

I am reading about bees. Since 2006, 30-90% of honey bees have left their hives, never to return. Pesticides are one of the culprits that have been fingered.  A group of beekeepers has called on the EPA to remove Poncho, a commonly used pesticide, from store shelves.  The group claims that Poncho may be...

Farmers and a Slaughter Facility Brought Together by Michael Pollan: Food Systems Being Rebuilt in Healthy Human Ways

By Jan Buhrman

When I enter Lorentz Meats in Cannon Falls MN, I am greeted with a sign that reads: “We cannot live harmlessly at our own expense; we depend on other creatures and survive by their deaths. To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of Creation. The point is, when we...

Headfirst into the Raw Milky Way

By Jan Buhrman

The Massachuessetts Department of Agriculture and Resources (MDAR) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) say they support our small dairy farms, but what do they really support? It certainly appears that the MDAR and NOFA are working together. Some excerpts (with important facts) of my letter to NOFA: NOFA stated: “The fact that...

Synthetic Sex Hormones in Canned Foods? Not Sexy.

By Jan Buhrman

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make the polycarbonate plastic we find everywhere – from sports equipment to DVD’s, CD’s, reusable drink and food containers (which we are avoiding too, right?). It is also used in the lining of canned foods sold off of store shelves every day. In addition, BPA is used as...

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