Tag Archive: Food

Dinner at our place

I attempted potato skins for the first time yesterday.  They were entirely organic (even the bacon) and delicious.  Kind of a pain to make, but well worth it!  And with it, we enjoyed a huge tossed salad with home-made dressing and roasted pine nuts (I saved the bacon fat and used it to roast the pine nuts, adding chives and fresh basil to the mix).  

When we have a house again (and more room), I’m going to attempt butter in a mixer.  We have access to fresh cream and according to the big brained internet, you can churn butter in a traditional mixer.   Can you imagine home-churned honey-butter on your pancakes?  Yum.

Yeah, not being able to farm directly has pushed me into the kitchen where I can still enjoy the harvest year-round.  Dinner at our place!

Fueling the argument

I’m 29 years old. I purchased my first gallon of gas for around $0.79 at age 16. Ten years later, I was paying $2.49/gallon. Today, a gallon of gasoline (regular unleaded) is $4.18 at the pump; a 430% increase over my first gallon.

Some get mad at the price. They point fingers at oil companies making record profits or at President Bush (the worst president ever) and his oil buddies or they blame the war. And they (we) should be angry, but what really angers me is the feeling that we’ll allow this rise in prices to continue unabated until our country bursts at the seams with inflation. The oil companies have a hand in everything we do from driving to work to taking a much-needed, well-deserved vacation. We had a choice in the 1970s when we saw the first dramatic spike in oil, but we sat idling in the great parking-lots of centers of energy and policy. And we have the same choice today, but for some reason, the technologies are slow-moving. Why are hybrids still too costly for the lower middle class? What does it mean when in America, the cost of driving to work, does not warrant the job itself? And today there’s more at stake than just the price of gas, we must consider also the cost of driving. What impact will current and future technologies have on our environment and well-being? So I’m not just frustrated with big oil, I’m frustrated with us. We’re not the only country in the world importing oil, but we a great country on the fragile brink of economic collapse because of a severe lack of foresight.

I’m asking now for those readers who do not normally comment, to consider posting ideas for free-energy, education, the economy, etc. We don’t need to fuel the argument; we need to power a solution.