Most people have a very busy lifestyle, what with kids sports, and family it's getting harder to
eat healthy. So we've added a greater number of healthy selections to our site in the hope that
you'll see just how easy it is to feed your family healthier choices.
So that said, we've decided to turn one part of our site over to heirloom vegetables. Imagine eating tasty organic vegetables you grew yourselves. Anyone can grow heirlooms be it in pots on a balcony, or in a backyard garden. Less than 150 years ago, records showed there were over 100,000 varieties of heritage vegetables, fruit and grain seeds. Today less than ¼ of that number exist. You owe it to yourself and your family to help revive these numbers, and in the process eat so much better and cheaper!
Kale the new lettuce? Curly Kale is probably the most recognizable kale sold in your local grocery store. It is usually bright or dark green or even purple in color, it has tight ruffled leaves and fibrous stalks that can be difficult to chop, but easy to tear if fresh. It has a noticeable pungent flavor with peppery and bitter qualities, so seek out younger looking leaves for less bitterness.
Kale is a green, leafy vegetable from the same family as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, but it is much more versatile. It is also known as borecole, and is closely related to other vegetables such as collard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. It is a part of the Brassica genus family. It usually has dark green, light green, and/or purple and broad leaves that usually grow together in bunches. Although there are various types of kale including curly leaf or ornamental kale, they are all edible. Although extremely healthy and high in many nutrients from calcium to Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A.
Kale has primarily stood out among nutritionists as an anti-cancer food due to the high amounts of organosulfur compounds it contains. Food and health scientists believe that these important compounds fuel the body to detox carcinogenic substances in the body, thus warding off certain types of cancer. Kale is also packed with additional nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, E, and B, as well as manganese, copper, calcium, and iron.
Additionally, since kale is a relatively fat-free and low-calorie food, it is a great addition to any healthy diet.
Old Cast Iron pans will make a welcome addition to your kitchen, I have two that are over a 100 years old.
They retain an even heat, you can season your cast iron to a near non stick coating, but they require alittle care.
Try putting a non stick skillet in the oven (don't you'll ruin it), cast iron is so versatile you can even bake in it.
Have a look at these two videos on how to clean and season your cast iron, one uses a self clean oven method
(I've never tried this method but it seems to work.) The other method is using salt and a potato.
Removal of factory pre-seasoning, and then reseasoning it yourself The new skillet cleaning and seasoning.
If you're interested in century old cast iron skillets have a look at this video Century old cast iron skillets
One last thing, many say to use crisco, corn oil, or olive oil to season your old skillets. After many years of trial and error I've found that Grapeseed oil is a better fit for seasoning. The main reasons are that it has a very high flash point and almost no smoke while seasoning in the oven. I hope you save your old iron, and enjoy it for many years to come.
A new study on the effects of Cans lined with Bisphenol A give insight to a possible increase in blood pressure.
BPA use is widespread, this increase in blood pressure may pose a substantial health risk. See the study article here on the
American Heart Association website .
Have you noticed When you go grocery shopping for laundry supplies just how expensive they are? One little spray
bottle of fabric/stain remover can cost up to $7-$8 dollars. How would you like to make the same pre-treater at home
for mere pennies? Here's the recipe for Homemade Shout Stain Remover.
So what exactually is Hunger? Hunger is the most commonly used term to describe the social
condition of people who suffer from a chronic lack of sufficient food and constantly or frequently
experience the physical sensation of hunger.
Remember anytime of year we should think about supporting our local foodbanks, it only costs a few extra dollars to add a couple of extra cans of veggies, a bag of rice, cans of soup, dried beans, toilet paper or any other staple to your shopping cart for the hungry.
Remember that many people including children go to bed hungry daily, so please do your part and support your local foodbank.
We have a part of our website called "Winnipeg Resturants"
which showcases our local resturants. We would be interested if you've gone to one of the listed
resturants, or perhaps a local resturant that's not listed and are willing to give us a review of it. Please email us
at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the guestbook.
The makeover of the main recipe database is now underway. As well, the recipes in the main archive are now in text, making it easier to read online and to copy exactually what you want. The 50+ servings archive are in the .pdf format, this allows you to save the files directly to your computer at a single mouse click. Make sure you check the main Recipe Archive daily, as it's growing rapidly with exciting recipes.