Buckwheat Pancakes

I have had a fixation on buckwheat pancakes for as long as I can remember but, for most of my life, buckwheat was a rare delicacy. It was just a few years ago that buckwheat became more readily available and I was able to start indulging my craving for buckwheat on a regular basis. Last year, I grew some buckwheat of my own, but ended up saving the seeds to plant again this year. Needless to … [Read more...]

How to Prepare French Green Beans

This year I planted the Tavera variety of haricot verts, French stringless green beans. The plan is to have enough to sell, but the seeds planted at the farm were mostly washed away in an April deluge. About half a row is left there, while I have about 20 plants in my backyard garden, which have just started to produce. Yesterday, I gathered about half a pound and prepared them by blanching, … [Read more...]

012 Shinecast: FoodBlogSouth Preview and More

Episode 012 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a preview of FoodBlogSouth 2013, one of the premiere food blogging conferences. Sheree talks with FoodBlogSouth co-founders Jason Horn and Shaun Chavis about the upcoming event. Shinecast listeners can pick up a 10% discount on conference registration. Listen to the interview with Jason and Shaun to get the discount code. I moved the … [Read more...]

Healthy Cranberry Orange Muffins

'Tis the season for cranberries. Delectably tart cranberries can be used in so many ways beyond the traditional cranberry relish that adorns your holiday turkey and dressing. Whole wheat cranberry muffins are but one example. Cranberry muffins are easy to make and my version is extra healthy, thanks to the whole wheat flour. Here's what I'm sharing around the office this week: Cranberry Whole … [Read more...]

Favorite Cookbooks

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, cooking and cookbooks came to mind as a theme as I began mulling over topics for this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. I tend to use cookbooks more for inspiration than actual cooking guidance. Here are some of my favorites: Belle Chevre: Tasia's Table My most recent cookbook purchase is Tasia's Table: Cooking With the … [Read more...]

007 Shinecast: Turnip Greens, Green Building & More

Episode 007 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a detailed farm update, the health benefits of turnip greens, and a conversation with Justinn Overton, Green Workforce Program Director for the US Green Building Council Alabama. As much as I'd like to use James Bond theme music for this episode, I did not. Copyright law and all that. Use your imagination.   In the farm … [Read more...]

Dutch Oven Chuck Roast: Pot Roast in the Oven

The aroma of roasting meat and vegetables wafting through my house was sufficient to convince me that my idea to cook a 3-pound chuck roast in my cast iron Lodge Dutch oven was a good one. The taste of the fork-tender beef sealed the deal. Yes, it's summer and a pot roast in the middle of summer isn't at the top of my summer menu list. But after 2 months of mostly tomatoes, squash, okra, corn … [Read more...]

Healthy Zucchini Bread or Muffins

We're pretty much past the peak of summer squash season in Alabama, but for most of the country the bounty of summer squash is probably still going strong. If you're like me, when zucchini starts coming in, it's hard to find enough ways to prepare it. This year, I've been busy baking whole wheat zucchini bread and muffins several times each week. When it was time to start baking, I couldn't put … [Read more...]

How I Became a Real Food Person

Next week I'll be participating in the Breakthrough Leaders Program as part of the 2012 Food Systems Summit organized and hosted by The University of Vermont. A few weeks ago, the PR team contacted me to answer a series of questions for a profile of participants. I started writing and ended up with way too much material. Rather than trash it, I thought I'd share the "extra" verbiage … [Read more...]

Making Minestrone

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to make healthy soups and casseroles that I can "brown bag" to work during the week. This week I made a big batch of hearty, bean-and-veggie-laden minestrone in the slow-cooker. It's Saturday, and I'm still having minestrone for lunch each day. Here's my take on slow-cooker minestrone. Note: I use dried beans (I don't bother to soak them), but you could … [Read more...]