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The thing is it's not an either/or proposition. There's a lot of land that just isn't suitable for growing vegetables and grain. Where I live the land is mostly too rocky and hilly and the growing season to short to grow vegetables on a large scale. But it's great for grazing animals. We have local farmers raising cows, sheep, and goats. They are producing excellent quality, sustainable meat and dairy on land that otherwise would not be used for food production.

Every Wheel of Comté Cheese Starts Here: The Cows of Jura, France Comté Cheese Tour
7/30/14 02:13 PM

I freeze most of the chard and kale I get in my CSA in the summer. I just blanch it, chop it up, and put it in a ziplock bag. Then you can pull it out in the winter and sauté it, put it in soup, whatever. Frozen green from the summer get us through most of the winter.

This Week's Colorful CSA Box: Eggplants, Carrots and Yellow Tomatoes Keeping Up With My CSA Box: Week 7
7/30/14 12:39 PM

They probably just weren't cooked long enough. As long as they were properly water bath canned, they should be perfectly safe and shelf-stable.

Why Did My Fruit Jams Separate After Canning? Good Questions
6/23/14 01:10 PM

The whole point of pickles is that they keep. They should be just fine in the fridge for quite a while.

What is the Best Way to Preserve Pickled Watermelon? Good Questions
6/18/14 09:54 AM

Also, the Cupcaker is the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

5 Trends We Spotted at the 2014 Home + Housewares Show International Home + Housewares Show 2014
3/25/14 04:27 PM

I did too! That photo really threw me off for a second there!

5 Trends We Spotted at the 2014 Home + Housewares Show International Home + Housewares Show 2014
3/25/14 04:25 PM

What exactly is the point of these stands? My pour-over cone sits very nicely directly on top of my mug. These are just plain silly.

5 Luxurious Stands for Pour Over Coffee (Plus Some Pour Over Basics) Coffee Gear
3/7/14 05:41 PM

Mini wheats were definitely the favorite in my house growing up (the original full size ones, NOT the bite size ones!)

Now I pretty much always eat oatmeal of homemade granola, but once a year or so I get a random craving for cereal, usually cornflakes or chex. I'll go through a box or 2 and then I'm done for a while.

What's Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal? (And I Don't Mean Oatmeal.)
3/5/14 11:18 AM

How are lunchables, dunkaroos, and slimfast "recipes"?

10 Recipes That Defined the 1990s Recipes of the Decade
2/27/14 11:06 AM

in a post about gluten-free cooking, why would you include links to two recipes that call for wheat flour?

My Favorite Way to Cook With Gluten-Free Buckwheat: Crepes, Bliny, and Pancakes Gluten-Free Cooking
2/5/14 04:27 PM

I have to agree with Alysialouise. They're full of crap you're better off not eating anyway. I hate to waste food too, but there are times when it's really ok to just throw something away.

Any Genius Ideas for Cooking with Pecan Pie-Flavored Pringles Chips? Good Questions
1/27/14 04:29 PM

I just made whole wheat pita the other day from the recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. They were super easy to make and so good. And they really did turn out with a good pocket!

7 Ideas for Quick Vegetarian Pita Lunches
1/24/14 06:15 PM

Coffee with cold milk may stay hot longer than black coffee, but adding hot milk definitely keeps it hotter than cold milk. It really does make a huge difference.

If your house is chilly in the morning like mine is, heating up your mug with hot water while you wait for your coffee to be ready also makes big difference. I can't stand lukewarm coffee!

Three Small Changes That Are Helping Me Feel Happier in My Kitchen
1/24/14 03:38 PM

RubyMae,, fill a couple of empty milk jugs or other containers with water and put them in your freezer to fill up some of the empty space. Once they are frozen your freezer will run much more efficiently.

18 Daily Habits That Make Life in the Kitchen Better Kitchen Habits of Good Cooks
1/17/14 03:23 PM

I am a recent convert to the weekly meal plan and it is seriously life changing. We waste less food, make fewer trips to the store, and spend less money on groceries.

The next thing I need to do is make a habit of trying more new recipes. I have lots of great cookbooks that I hardly ever open and lots of recipes bookmarked from blogs that I never actually make because I just tend to make variations on a handful of meals that I don't really need to follow a recipe for.

18 Daily Habits That Make Life in the Kitchen Better Kitchen Habits of Good Cooks
1/17/14 02:43 PM

Another vote for tamales! Last year we spent all day the day after Christmas making tamales and decided to make it an annual tradition.

What's a Fun, Challenging Group Cooking Project to Try on Christmas? Good Questions
12/21/13 09:44 AM

I really can't think of a less appealing cookie than one covered in black icing.

Two for One! Turn Your Cookies Into Holiday Cards
12/19/13 11:25 AM

If your milk is going bad in less than a week, your fridge probably isn't cold enough. (or you need to start buying your milk at a different store.) It should keep for at least 2 weeks, if your fridge is the right temperature.

I'm Tired of Wasting Milk! What's the Best Way to Have Milk for My Coffee? Good Questions
11/18/13 04:12 PM

pasta carbonara

Help! What Can I Do With Too Much Bacon? Good Questions
11/13/13 09:46 AM

This recipe is definitely not safe for water bath canning! It's not acidic enough.

What I'll Be Preserving: Serbian Ajvar
8/14/13 08:46 PM