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How to Start Seeds Indoors
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Associate Editor Gina DeBacker answers the reader-submitted question, "What are some great plants to grow in the shade?"
Urban farmers, foodies and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding offers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms.
In Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding, writer Marilyn McCray leads readers through step-by-step techniques for preserving fresh foods and offers great tips for preparing tasty recipes provided by food artisans, chefs and farms from across the country. The book not only explains canning, pickling and freezing, but goes further to cover smoking and curing of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats as well.
Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s. The book features vintage art and photographs of Irma back in the day, as well as a brief history of Irma and her ever-so-collectible vintage appliances and memorabilia. Most important, this cookbook is packaged with timeless step-by-step techniques and tasty, interesting recipes.
A beautiful guide to morning meals, Whole-Grain Mornings offers 65 sweet and savory recipes for wholesome whole-grain breakfasts. Whether you're cooking for busy weekdays, slow Sundays or celebratory brunches, this charming cookbook will inspire you to look beyond the average bowl of cereal toward healthy and delicious ways to incorporate whole grains like amaranth, farro and barley into your morning meals. Seasonally organized recipes feature favorite one-bowl breakfast fare like Apricot Pistachio Granola and Triple-Coconut Quinoa Porridge alongside more unconventional options like Saucy Tomato Poached Eggs with Kale and Wheat Berries and Nutty Millet Breakfast Cookies. With information on timesaving alternatives as well as a guide to the most commonly used whole grains (and sprinkled with abundant food and lifestyle photography throughout), this cookbook guarantees the most important meal of the day will also become your favorite.
Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar-powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1,000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; and "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.
Want to read more? Preview this book: How to Make a Solar Still.