The Whole Habanero

Friday's Google Doodle celebrated the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, the guy who developed the system to measure hot pepper heat. http://www.google.com/doodles/wilbur-scovilles-151st-birthday In one of those odd cosmic coincidences (that usually aren't coincidences), as I was driving home Wednesday evening I got into the car just as NPR's All Things Considered was finishing a news … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Sleeping Better

Sleep is a topic that is dear to my heart because I've long been a proponent as sleep as one of the four pillars of health. This post for Day 30 of the Idea Machine Project offers 10 tips for better sleep. The Shinecast four pillars of great health were inspired by the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and my own experiences at lifehacking since I was a pre-teen. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a … [Read more...]

Ben Franklin’s One Bad Idea….

Daylight Saving Time. I hate it and I struggle with resetting my body clock, even when I get an "extra" hour in the Fall (the hour that was taken from me in the Spring). I don't really care what time it gets dark. It's the switching back-and-forth twice each year that throw me off my game. I've written about Daylight Saving Time before, but in light of this hilarious spoof on Nacho Punch, I … [Read more...]

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...]

Shinecast 016: Skye Borden Returns to the Land

Episode 016 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Skye Borden and her quest to grow and raise most of her family's food. Skye, an environmental lawyer/writer and her husband returned to their home state of Alabama 2 years ago after living in Vermont for several years. Check out her story here (or download via iTunes and doubleTwist).     … [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...]

002 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 2

This week on episode 002 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast you hear an update on Shine Springs Farm fall veggie garden, comments on Eliot Coleman's hypothetical ad describing the ideal small farm, Sheree's comments on the importance of real food to personal health and the affordability of real food. Big shout-out this week to Tammy of Agrigirl's Blog for sharing the Shinecast on Facebook … [Read more...]

Healthy Baked Catfish

Last week, I saw a tweet from Freshfully announcing the arrival of local, farm-raised Alabama catfish. It was just the dish I had in mind, so the next day I made a quick trip to the new local foods shop in Avondale and picked up a pound of catfish, a pound of wild-caught Gulf shrimp, one pattypan squash, a handful of green beans, a couple of cucumbers, and a bag of homemade granola, all … [Read more...]

Why Sitting is Bad For Your Health

This Infographic is from MedicalBillingandCoding.org It's pretty obvious from the statistics that sitting is bad for your health. If you've ever been the type to exercise at all, you know that exercise is better than sitting. What's interesting (and of concern) is that studies reveal that exercise won't prevent all the increased health risks that come from sitting eight hours a day. Via: … [Read more...]