Pantry Profile: Chives {Allium schoenoprasum}

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With its bright green stalks and vibrant, lavender-pink and spiky blossoms, chives are a lovely ornamental plant and herb garden staple. Found fresh in the yard in summer and dried in cupboards in the cooler months of fall and winter, chives hold surprising medicinal and nutritional benefits. A member of the Amaryllidaceae family {Amaryllis}, which includes familiar alliums garlic and onions, chives have a mild and pleasant onion-garlic flavor.

Chives have played a role in medicine and protection for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Romans used chives to relieve sore throats, lower blood pressure, and increase urination, while Traditional Chinese Medicine turned to it for coughs, colds, and congestion. In the Middle Ages, it was a popular remedy for melancholy.

A traditional Romani custom was to use chives in fortune telling and to hang them in the home to ward off disease and evil influences. Planting chives in the…

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Home Gardening | The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

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Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are a few tips to get you started on your gardening journey.

Depending on your access to gardening space (tiny apartment or sprawling country farmhouse), free time, and available resources (how much money do you want to spend on this new gardening hobby anyway), you may want to start small or dig up your whole front yard and join the Food Not Lawns movement. All gardeners are welcome to the gardening club. As a start, I’m a big fan of growing sprouts in the kitchen as well as a…

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Idaho Dave’s Oven Fries

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We know a guy named Dave from Idaho who knows his way around a potato! His oven fries are pretty killer.

Russet potatoes
High heat oil (such as corn oil)

Preheat oven to 425. Cover a baking sheet with foil.

Carefully cut potatoes into fry sizes, being careful to make them all roughly the same size.

Rinse potatoes in a colander. Shake off excess water. Leaving potatoes in the colander, coat potatoes with oil, tossing to make sure they are completely coated.

Bake for 18-23 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

Leave potatoes in the oven. Turn oven to broil at 475. Check potatoes every two minutes to ensure they do not burn. When potatoes are sufficiently browned and crisped, remove from oven. About 8 minutes.

Salt liberally.


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“No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees

Not mowing in May results in more flowers and nectar all summer long for struggling pollinators. Wildlife organization urges us to leave lawnmowers locked up until June. April showers bring May flowers, and if you like food, you should leave those flowers alone. Not mowing in May results in a […]

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Bill Gates Donates $15 Million to Campaign Pushing GMOs on Small Farmers Around the World

The Gates Foundation is funding a campaign to “end world hunger” by promoting GMO technology. The organization has hired 400 “science ambassadors” to influence agricultural policy in 35 countries. In the last four years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated a total of $15 million to two global […]

Source: Bill Gates Donates $15 Million to Campaign Pushing GMOs on Small Farmers Around the World

Current Events | Florida Farmers are Selling Directly to Consumers to Avoid Produce Dumps

Farms that normally serve restaurants, amusement parks and cruise lines are transforming into community supported agriculture Last month, Florida farmers let countless tons of produce rot in their fields after the restaurants, theme parks and cruise lines they normally serve this time of year were suddenly closed due to nationwide […]

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La’au Lapa’au | Green Tea

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Green Tea, Camellia sinensis Foster Purchased 2008

Green Tea

Botanical name Camellia sinensis (L.),

Family Theaceae.

Also Known As: Tea Plant, Tea Shrub

TCM Name: Lu Cha

Meridians: Spleen, Kidney, Heart, Liver

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Bodily Fluids/Quenches Thirst. Clears Heat/Dissolves Phlegm/Promotes Urination: headaches, dizziness, heat stroke. Enhances alertness/Boosts Mental Clarity: meditation, focus, sleepiness, refreshes the mind.

Origins: Camellia sinensis (or tea plant) is used to make most traditional caffeinated teas, including black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and green tea. This plant originated near the southwest region of China as an evergreen forest shrub. The leaves are glossy green with serrated edges and are similar in both shape and size to a bay leaf. As the story goes, tea plant was first stumbled upon by accident in 2737 B.C.E. The emperor at the time was boiling water in his garden when a leaf from the overhanging…

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Home Gardening | How to Grow Lemons At Home And Never Buy Them Again (Video) 

In general, people who eat fruits as part of an overall healthy diet have a lower risk of chronic diseases. Fruits are rich in numerous nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Citrus fruits are the favorites of many. Their taste is usually a combination of sweet, sour, and bitter, which makes them a fantastic […]

Source: How to Grow Lemons At Home And Never Buy Them Again (Video) – Healthy Food House

Day 48: Locking it Down with CPM (social distancing)

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At CPM we are loving social distancing! Maybe we’re a little crazy, but hear us out:

Social distancing is our favorite. We would like people to stand 6 feet away in perpetuity. We do not mind waiting outside Costco for a few minutes, because once you get inside, it’s not overly crowded. There is no long checkout line. No one asks you if you want a credit card, solar panels or DirecTV. People don’t bring their entire family. There is no social hour by the books. There aren’t hordes of people blocking aisles waiting for a tiny piece of frozen pizza (there is also no wanton waste associated with handing out millions of samples every day).

Ever stood in a line when a person behind you is clearly sick but stands 12 inches away? Or someone came to work sick and coughed all over your workstation, and then you got…

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La’au Lapa’au | Moringa

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Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera

Common Name: Ben oil, Benzoil tree, Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Moringa, Mulaka, Sajna, Saragva, Shajmah, Shevga, Sujana, Sundan

Family: Moringaceae

Ayurvedic/ TCM: Shigru

Habitat: The moringa tree, also known as “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” “horseradish tree,” “mother’s best friend,” “miracle tree,” “the never die,” and “ben oil tree,” is a deciduous species, native to southern Asia and Africa, although nowadays it thrives in both dry and humid tropical and subtropical forests of many countries around the world. The moringa tree prefers elevations below 1,970 feet (600 m), but it can grow up to 3,940 feet (1,200 m) in tropical areas.

Plant Biology: The moringa tree is really a woody, perennial shrub that can be 16-32.8 feet (5-10 m) tall, with a trunk diameter of about 18 inches (45 cm). The bark is usually pale, grey-white, and usually smooth. The pale green moringa…

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Day 34 – Locking it Down with CPM

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I started writing this Lockdown blog on March 14, three days before my county announced Shelter in Place orders. I have not seen a single roll of toilet paper in stores since then. Keeping in mind that I am following orders, I only go out for essential business or essential work, I only visit stores about every 8-9 days, and I am the only one in my household who visits stores… no toilet paper for 34 days. Not one single package or roll.

I am left wondering what happened to all the toilet paper that goes to high rise buildings in San Francisco, or bathrooms of restaurants which are all “closed for cleaning”. If millions of people are no longer pooping on company time, it means they’re buying more for their home, leaving grocery shelves empty for longer. So, why can’t all that toilet paper which was destined for now-empty…

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Foodstyles | Coconut Lime Bread (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Now is the perfect time to start cooking if you haven’t already. Learning some easy but delicious recipes is one of the wisest time-killing activities you can do now, while we spend almost the entire time at home. Of course, if you don’t eat it all by yourself! Cooking will also bring some order at […]

Source: Coconut Lime Bread (Gluten & Dairy Free) – Healthy Food House

Current Events | Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

TYPICAL AMERICAN LOGIC … while we have a nation of people clammoring to buy up store-bought “foods”, or lined up for miles to get to food banks, and worse yet continue to witness children starving both here and across the globe, American farmers have been “ordered” to destroy fresh food and kill livestock (already tortured as a daily practice) because corporate profit margins aren’t meeting their YTD margins?? I bet the people running every aspect of this horrific commercial chain of commerce are observing today’s Holy Day in one hypocritical form or another. Sorry, but that’s a shambolic response to the current state of human affairs …

Home | How To Build Your Own Self Watering Garden

With more people living in  urban landscapes now than ever before, and healthy organic food being on the top of everyone’s mind, having your own veggie garden has never been more important. Growing your own food remains one of the best activities your health, the beauty of your outdoor space, and the joy of your family

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Foodstyles | Peeps S’mores

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If you love Peeps, and you love crème brulee, you are going to love these s’mores.  The sugar on the outside of the Peep caramelizes into a gorgeous crust when put over the fire.  It’s a good reason to stockpile Peeps for camping season!

All you need for this recipe are the usual ingredients – graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow (in this case Cotton Candy flavored Peeps) and a fire!


Eat Well!


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La’au Lapa’au | Oregon Lavender Association April 2020 Newsletter

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The Oregon Lavender Association 
invites you to enjoy lavender 
all year round!
Announcements and Events
April 2020
We hope that this newsletter finds you well.  Spring reminds us that even after the darkest winter, life is persistent and resilient, as are we.  We hope that the ideas in here will offer a respite from the more stressful events in our lives and provide some ideas to keep you healthy and hopeful.
OLA Quarterly Members Meeting:
Rescheduled to Saturday, May 16, 2020 (if appropriate)
More details to come
Essential Oil Showcase at the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival, 
July 11-12, 2020 in Newberg, Oregon
Mark your calendars! All About Lavender and the Chehalem Cultural Center will host the 2020 Essential Oil Showcase focused on lavender in its many forms. The event provides recognition for small-scale essential oil distillers and growers of the lavender used in distillation and increases public awareness…

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Foodstyles | Day 22 – Locking it Down with CPM

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Happy April 75th! Or is it the 99th? How’s everyone doing? Holding it together? Having Zoom meetings while your dog barks at the mail carrier? My dog barks at the mail truck when it stops at every single house on our street. Every house. Every time. Six days a week.

I’ve never appreciated rotten deck boards before last week. It’s a gross wet rotten pain in the ass job, trying to remove 4-inch nails and stripped screws filled with paint. I was happy to leave the house and remove those boards last week. Now the residents of those buildings can walk their dogs over and over again (and they will) without falling through the decks. One day last week I almost hit 10,000 steps! But that work order is complete and we don’t need to talk about how many steps I’m clocking now.

Traffic was amazing. What would normally have…

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