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Video: Roast Coffee at Home

Holy Scrap - 12 hours 44 min ago

It is an easy call for us to make. We can purchase delicious organic green bean coffee from anywhere in the world and easily roast it at home for $5 a pound. The alternative would be to buy coffee that was roasted over a week ago for $22 per pound. The savings add up and vintage popcorn makers are pretty easy to come by at thrift stores and yard sales.

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Spirit of adoption...

The Field Lab - 16 hours 33 min ago
Romans 815 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
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Video: Cashew Cream

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2015/11/29 - 3:15pm

Cashews can be soaked and blended into incredibly creamy dessert toppings or savory dips. We make cashew cream twice a week in our home and wanted to share our recipe with you.

We combined spent coconut shavings with almonds then topped it with an avocado chocolate mousse and cashew cream. 

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Grey Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 3:50pm
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over the river and through the desert...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 3:41pm

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Thanksgiving 2015: keeping it simple

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/11/26 - 3:45pm
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for your holiday shopping pleasure...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/11/25 - 5:01pm
If you are looking for some small heavy duty storage options, this might just be right.  I tried the "best offer" option and got them for $75 (he wouldn't go any lower).  This is the best price I have found on ebay for ammo cans (with free shipping) and the ones I received were in much better than expected shape considering they are designated Grade 2.  I ordered on Saturday...they shipped on Monday...and I got them at 1PM today.  He must get these in huge lots at government auction for pennies on the dollar.  I checked with UPS and discovered the shipping cost with a commercial UPS discount is $48.89 for a 48lb box that is 12" x 12" x 30".  That means he made $3.26 per ammo can.  One has to wonder how much the military-industrial complex paid for these brand new.  63,75,48,0,B
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ben made a new friend today

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/11/24 - 5:05pm
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Monday Meme

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/11/23 - 3:23pm
Jobs' biological father was in fact from Syria - but hardly your "typical" refugee. Abdulfattah "John" Jandali was born into a Muslim household and grew up in Homs, Syria - the son of a self made millionaire. Jandali came to the US to pursue a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin. Jobs' biological mother was Jandali's teaching assistant - Joanne Carole Schieble, a Catholic of German descent who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. Schieble's father did not approve of his daughter's relationship with Jandali at the time and forbade her to marry him. Only 23 years old, unwed, Catholic, and pregnant - she gave the baby up for adoption. Had the "right to choose" immoral tide existed and abortion been heavily promoted in 1954, Steve Jobs most likely would have never been born.  How many brilliant innovators have been lost to the 50+ million abortions that have occurred in this country since Jobs was allowed to live?  52,64,40,0,C
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identity & trust

The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/11/22 - 3:01pm
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The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/11/21 - 3:55pm
While running errands yesterday, I decided to try my luck at a little coin roll hunting.  Stopped by my bank and swapped $100 of paper for 200 half dollar coins.  Went through the rolls this morning and found a wide variety right down to 1971 (pay dirt starts at 1970).  1965 - 1970 is 40% silver...1964 and earlier is 90% silver.  Oh well...not out any money and now I have 5 pounds of pocket change.  Pehaps I'll give it another shot next time I go to town.  42,56,50,0,W
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Cheap gas in Alpine

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/11/20 - 5:23pm
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Use the Pulp, Luke

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2015/11/20 - 3:38pm
May the pulp be with you. We love to juice, but why compost all that amazing pulp when you can dehydrate it into a live probiotic cracker. In less than 2.5 minutes this video will teach you how to use the pulp.


Champion Juicer ($265) Cuisinart ( $116) Excalibur Dehydrator ($100)
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javier in the greenhouse

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/11/19 - 4:23pm
Left the door open on the greenhouse the other day and Javier got inside and trapped when the door blew closed.  He just hid when I tried to run him out so I left the doors open overnight and he figured out his exit plan.  He's starting to grow on me.  59,69,40,0,B
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Thanksgiving Without the Turkey (but with so much else!)

Deborah Madison - Thu, 2015/11/19 - 2:35pm

For years I’ve been asked by news folks of various stripes to comment about what vegetarians can eat at Thanksgiving, and for as many years I’ve replied, ”Everything but the turkey.” Even when turkey is on the table, there’s bound to be a host of other foods, mostly seasonal vegetable dishes, that are just right for the vegetarian and everyone else at the table, too. Traditionally those sides so numerous that plates are heaped with them while the turkey makes up but a small portion.

And if you’re planning to make a Thanksgiving meal without the bird, what then? Here are some of the thoughts on that.

The first is to skip the mock turkey, unless you just absolutely love it.

The second is to make something that’s special to you and those at your table, something that you don’t make often because it’s too expensive or too time consuming, or maybe too rich. Such as? A wild mushroom lasagna (or any kind of lasagna, especially when made with fresh pasta.) Homemade ravioli are always welcome. Or a winter vegetable stew that brings together black lentils, root vegetables, pureed potatoes and a red wine sauce. You know what you like.

While you might choose to make menu with that special dish as the star, another way is to honor the holiday is to go for the groaning board approach, a big table loved with seasonal dishes. Now is when we’re excited about winter squash and sweet potatoes, or the appearance of corn meal or dried beans at the farmers market, or you home grown cache of Jerusalem artichokes, so you might just decide to indulge and have some of everything.

You could have everyone sit down and start off with a bowl of warming soup, then invite people to get up and help themselves to the bounty. Or just keep passing all those platters with someone designated to set them somewhere when they’ve gone around once.

Whatever approach you take, do invite others to participate in making the meal. They may just want to bring a favorite dish of their own, or help out in your kitchen, or show up with an extra pie or a bottle of wine.

Here are a few dishes I’m likely to serve, all of them can be found in my cookbooks. VCFE can for the most part, be the old or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. I have to admit, it was hard to choose just these.


Possible Appteizers

White Bean, Sage, and Roasted Garlic Spread, VCFE

Savory Wild Rice Crepe-Cakes, Vegetable Literacy

Gourgere (Cheese Puffs), The Savory Way


Two Special Soups

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Bisque with Sunflower Sprouts, Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen

My Really Good Mushroom Soup, from the soup book, above


Three or Four Main Dish Possbilities

Braised Root Vegetables with Black Lentils and Red Wine Sauce, Local Flavors

Winter Squash Galette, VCFE – or another vegetable galette -there are more!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage, VCFE or Mushroom Lasagna, VCFE


Some Possible Sides

Quince Compote or Spiced Quince and Cranberry Compote, The Savory Way

Asian Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Butter, Vegetable Literacy

An Over-the-Top Holiday Sweet Potato Gratin with Red Chile, The New VCFE

Warm Red Cabbage Salad with Pecans, VCFE and a different one in Vegetable Literacy

Wilted Greens with Crisped Bread Crumbs, VCFE

Celery Root and Potato Puree with Truffle Salt, VCFE

Provencal Winter Squash Gratin or Delicata Squash Rings, VCFE

Buttermilk Skillet Corn Bread with Heirloom Flint Cornmeal, Vegetable Literacy



Endive with Walnuts and Blue Cheese, VCFE

Shredded Radicchio with Walnut Vinaigrette, Vegetable Literacy


Dessert Possibilities

Steamed Persimmon Pudding, Local Flavors

Sweet Potato Flan with Maple Yogurt and Caramel Pecans, Vegetable Literacy

Indian Pudding (if you have an oven free for a few hours), Seasonal Fruit Desserts

Tangelo-Tangerine Pudding, Seasonal Fruit Desserts (a very light dessert)


And you don’t need a recipe to build a platter of fall fruits, nuts, chocolates and the like for people to munch on long after the table is cleared.

Happy Thanksgiving To All

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gilligan's desert

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/11/18 - 3:37pm
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more girls for ben

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/11/17 - 4:43pm
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Mikey Sklar : First Interview on the Podcast to be Named Soon

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2015/11/17 - 3:28pm
Roger Williams has started a new podcast about people who make a living by building and selling their physical wares. I was his first interview based on my battery desulfator and temperature controller. Roger has done a a great job of coming up with excellent questions and keeping the interview brief. Please check out the Interview

His podcast needs a name please take this Poll and help Roger decide on a name.

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Monday Meme

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/11/16 - 4:15pm
Next to obviously wrong political memes (yes, they are all wrong), I really hate inspirational memes...especially the ones that have a profound quote that is falsely attributed to a B list celebrity along with dramatic lighting and a thoughtful pose.  Along that line are empowerment memes for women.  As far as I can tell, this one only empowers prostitutes and opthamologists.  67,74,54,0,W
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Dear Inflatable Unicorn Horn Company

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/11/16 - 12:16pm

First let me start by saying that I am unemployed. I like spending lazy afternoons with my cat. I recently purchased your product "Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats" and tested it on my buddy Scardy Cat. Unlike what your packaging states he did not love it. Both my girlfriend and I were scratched and bit several times. I feel the psychological drama that my cat has gone through might be perminant. 
Perhaps you have another product which I can attach to the other end. You know further from the mouth. Maybe a poop rainbow.

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