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Feb. 22, 2013 10:41 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 10:04 pm

I've Got A Secret.......shhhh!

Over the years I have experimented with a little of everything.  I have found complete enjoyment playing with the art of cooking and testing new techniques and recipes.  Of course I always fail my forward until I have cooked something and tweaked it until I feel it is worth serving to friends and family and know the true test is always the reaction to the FIRST BITE!  I have cooked from scratch for many years and more recently began really searching out the highest quality ingrediants by shopping local farms and finding the best local sources for seasonal foods.  It has really been a blast getting to know the farmers and their specialities!  I love love love Wagner Farms, The Berry Ranch, Wissel Farms and Vogel Farms...all are great for one thing or another or should I say many things or another! The experience of "farming" as I call it has given me so much joy!  It's truly taken me back to my childhood when food was food and it wasn't engineered, prepared or processed. It comes with stems, seeds, not sliced diced or trimmed! So what's the big secret?  Amazingly enough the rave reviews are always for foods that are in season, usually the cheapest to buy because they are in season and are usually very easy to turn into some delicous dish.  The secret is that I not only save a ton of money, am able to use fine quality ingrediants, and the flavor is just amazing!  I am now canning, freezing and storing local food as much as possible.
 
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AZ93 
Feb. 26, 2013 10:04 pm
Carolyn you are so right. At the ripe old age of 45, I barely ever turned an oven on until this year. I now make almost everything from scratch. After all this time thinking it didn't matter, I finally realize how wrong I was. Wen I can't get farmers market foods, I still do what I call "shopping the U" which is grocery shopping down the produce aisle, along the back wall and up the other side for dairy. (Stopping only in the baking aisle because I have to have my King Arthur flour for my breads!) It has been so much fun finding out all the things you can make from scratch. The flavors are so much richer and you save so much money! Have you tried kabocha squash yet? That's my newest thing and wow is it great. Anyway, thanks for posting, you have me inspired now to learn canning!
 
 
 
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Carolyn Vaught

Home Town
Nampa, Idaho, USA
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