Archive for the ‘Food’ category

Botulism – A True Story

Posted January 17th, 2015 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

bot·u·lism – ˈbäCHəˌlizəm/noun – Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods. Many homesteaders tell me they are concerned about canning their own foods, for fear of getting sick. The concern is valid and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many food born illnesses reported each year. […]

Nanette’s Pasta Sauce

Posted September 26th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Several years ago I was on the hunt for the perfect pasta sauce. Nothing too ketchupy, acidic, or pasty. Convinced it was all in the tomatoes, while on vacation in Italy, I asked every Nonna, produce clerk, and chef I could find. Of course, each had their own family recipe, but one ingredient that had […]

What the heck is Wrong with these pears?

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

My family eats mostly organic. We grow a lot of our own produce, and shop at natural food stores for the rest. The other day I was running late so I stopped at a big-name grocery store on the way home to pick up dinner and some fruit for the week. Pears are my favorite, […]

Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Edible landscaping is one of my favorite topics in homesteading. In fact, much of my yard is edible. I have twenty-one fruit trees, twenty berry plants, and several citrus hedges. The trick with a citrus hedge is to pick the correct size trees and to prune them properly. Make sure to pick a dwarf tree […]

Patio Potatoes

Posted October 24th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Growing potatoes is one of the easiest homesteading projects you can accomplish. I prefer to grow them in containers because there are no critters to contend with, I can move them around when needed, and harvesting is a snap.

How To Decide Which Type of Apple Tree to Plant

Posted September 19th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

If you have the room, and the sun, then planting fruit trees is a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill and stay green. You can find the actual “how-to’s” for planting fruit trees on most gardening blogs, but what you often won’t find is how to decide which variety of tree to plant. So […]

Thai Coconut Milk Soup – Vegan!

Posted March 26th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

It’s time to say thank you to all of our new “Likes” with another excellent vegan recipe. A good friend of mine shared a version of this recipe with me years ago. I doctored it to make it my own and it has since become a winter staple in my house. It tastes almost exactly […]

NEW! The “Clean Lists” Page

Posted February 20th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Do you ever wonder what’s in your sunscreen, shampoo, laundry detergent, water, the food you eat? I do. All the time. So, I thought I’d share some of the lists I refer to on a regular basis to keep my family and my home as toxin free as possible. Click the “Clean Lists” tab on […]

Nutty-Lime-Vinaigrette Dressing/Dip

Posted January 29th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Once again, I’d like to thank the new “Likes” this month with a delicious vegan recipe that has helped me stay meatless . This can be used as a dip (by adding extra nuts) or as a salad dressing (by using less nuts). Only 90 calories per half cup and it keeps in the refrigerator […]

Nanette’s Vegan Chili

Posted September 28th, 2012 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

As you know, I go vegan for a day with every new Facebook ‘Like’. As a way of saying thank you, to all of you, I am going to start sharing some of my favorite vegan recipes. Going vegan is so much easier to accomplish with a few of these gems. Many believe the best […]