Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses

Jumping deeper into the world of cheese making and came across this book as a great resource for our library.

Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses

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Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods

What a great book on the topic of fermenting food! We just ordered a copy for our library.

Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods

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Oil Smoke Points

Oil Smoke Points Chart

Flash Point Chart


= Monounsaturated Fat S = Saturated Fat P = Polyunsaturated Fat
Type Of Fat °Fahrenheit Fat By Smoke Point
  • Almond Oil P
  • Avocado Oil M
  • Butter S
  • Canola Oil† (Unrefined)M
  • Canola Oil† (Expeller
    Press, High Oleic or
    Refined) M
  • Coconut Oil (Unrefined)S
  • Coconut Oil (Refined) S
  • Corn Oil (Unrefined) P
  • Corn Oil (Refined) P
  • Cottonseed Oil P
  • Flaxseed Oil (Unrefined)P
  • Ghee S
  • Grapeseed Oil P
  • Hazelnut Oil P
  • Hemp Seed Oil P
  • Lard S
  • Macadamia Nut Oil P
  • Olive Oil (Unrefined) M
  • Olive Oil (Pomace) M
  • Olive Oil (Extra Light) M
  • Olive Oil M
  • Olive Oil (Virgin) M
  • Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)M
  • Palm Oil (Difractionated)S
  • Peanut Oil (Unrefined) M
  • Peanut Oil (Refined) M
  • Rapeseed† Oil M
  • Rice Bran Oil M
  • Safflower Oil (Unrefined) P
  • Safflower Oil (Semi-
    Refined) P
  • Safflower Oil (Refined) P
  • Sesame Oil (Unrefined) M
  • Sesame Oil (Semi-
    Refined) M
  • Soybean Oil (Unrefined)P
  • Soybean Oil
  • Soybean Oil (Refined) M
  • Sunflower Oil (Unrefined)P
  • Sunflower Oil (Semi-
    refined) M
  • Sunflower Oil (High Oleic,
    Unrefined) P
  • Tea Seed Oil M
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Walnut Oil (Unrefined) P
  • Walnut Oil (Semi-Refined)


  • 430°
  • 520°
  • 350°
  • 225°
  • 464°-
  • 350°
  • 450°
  • 320°
  • 450°
  • 420°
  • 225°
  • 485°
  • 420°
  • 430°
  • 330°
  • 370°
  • 413°
  • 320°
  • 460°
  • 468°
  • 438°
  • 420°
  • 420°
  • 455°
  • 320°
  • 440°
  • 438°
  • 490°
  • 225°
  • 320° 510°
  • 350°
  • 450°
  • 320°
  • 350°
  • 450°
  • 225°
  • 455°
  • 450°
  • 320°
  • 485°
  • 450°
  • 360°-
  • 320°
  • 400°
200s: Low Smoke Point
225°F: Canola Oil (Unrefined)
Flaxseed Oil (Unrefined)
Safflower Oil (Unrefined)
Sunflower Oil (Unrefined)
300s: Medium Smoke Point
320°F: Corn Oil (Unrefined)
High-Oleic Sunflower Oil,
Olive Oil, Unrefined
Peanut Oil, Unrefined
Safflower Oil, Semi-Refined
Soybean Oil, Unrefined
Walnut Oil, Unrefined
325°F: Shortening, Emulsified
330°F: Hemp Seed Oil
350°F: Butter
Canola Oil, Semi-Refined
Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil (Unrefined)
Soy Oil, Semi-Refined
360°-370°F: Vegetable Shortening
370°F: Lard
375°F: Olive Oil

400s: High Smoke Point
400°F: Canola Oil (Refined)
Walnut Oil (Semi-Refined)
406°F: Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
410°F: Corn Oil
Sesame Oil
413°F: Macadamia Nut Oil
420 F: Cottonseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
430°F: Almond Oil
Hazelnut Oil
435°F: Canola Oil
438°F: Olive Oil
Rapeseed Oil
440°F: Peanut Oil
Sunflower Oil
450°F: Corn Oil (Refined)
High-Oleic Sunflower Oil (Refined)
Palm Oil
Peanut Oil (Refined)
Safflower Oil (Refined)
Sesame Oil (Semi-Refined)
Soybean Oil (Refined)
Sunflower Oil (Semi-refined, Refined, High Oleic, Refined)
Vegetable Shortening
460°F: Olive Pomace Oil
468°F: Olive Oil, Extra Light

485+: Very High Smoke Point
485°F: Grapeseed Oil
485°F: Tea Seed Oil
490°F: Rice Bran Oil
495°F: Soybean Oil
510°F: Safflower Oil
520°F: Avocado Oil (Refined)

†Canola is a cultivar of rapeseed.

280°F: Coco Butter (Unrefined)



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Ginger Destroys Cancer

Ginger Destroys Cancer More Effectively than Death-Linked Cancer Drugs

Ginger, a cousin spice of super anti-cancer substance turmeric, is known for its ability to shrink tumors. Astoundingly, it is even more effective than many cancer drugs, which have been shown to be completely ineffective and actually accelerate the death of cancer patients. Commonly consumed across the world in small doses among food and beverage products, the medicinal properties of ginger far surpass even advanced pharmaceutical inventions.

The subject of one study based out of Georgia State University, whole ginger extract was revealed to shrink prostate tumor size by a whopping 56% in mice. The anticancer properties were observed in addition to ginger’s role in reducing inflammation as well as being a rich source of life-enhancing antioxidants. But what about cancer drugs? Could this simple spice really topple the advanced pharmaceuticals that are often touted as the ‘only option’ for cancer patients by medical doctors?

It turns out that cancer drugs are not only severely ineffective at permanently shrinking tumors, but they actually make tumors larger and kill the patient more quickly. More specifically, the tumors have been found to ‘Metastasize’, meaning they come back bigger and more stronger than their original size. What’s more, the ‘metasizing’ was found to be very aggressive. According to scientists Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the premium priced drugs were little more than death sentences for many patients.

“Whatever manipulations we’re doing to tumors can inadvertently do something to increase the tumor numbers to become more metastatic, which is what kills patients at the end of the day,” said study author Dr. Raghu Kalluri.
These are the very drugs considered to be the scientifically proven solution by mainstream health officials.

Meanwhile, ginger presents virtually no side effects and has been used as a food product by many cultures for countless centuries. Instead of creating super tumors, whole ginger extract was shown to exert significant growth-inhibiting and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells. Over 17 other studies have also reached similar conclusions on ginger’s anticancer benefits, with the spice being shown by peer-reviewed research to positively impact beyond 101 diseases.

Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer

Karna P, Chagani S, Gundala SR, Rida PC, Asif G, Sharma V, Gupta MV, Aneja R.


Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.


It is appreciated far and wide that increased and regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is linked with noteworthy anticancer benefits. Extensively consumed as a spice in foods and beverages worldwide, ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is an excellent source of several bioactive phenolics, including non-volatile pungent compounds such as gingerols, paradols, shogaols and gingerones. Ginger has been known to display anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities, indicating its promising role as a chemopreventive agent. Here, we show that whole ginger extract (GE) exerts significant growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells. Comprehensive studies have confirmed that GE perturbed cell-cycle progression, impaired reproductive capacity, modulated cell-cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced a caspase-driven, mitochondrially mediated apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells. Remarkably, daily oral feeding of 100 mg/kg body weight of GE inhibited growth and progression of PC-3 xenografts by approximately 56 % in nude mice, as shown by measurements of tumour volume. Tumour tissue from GE-treated mice showed reduced proliferation index and widespread apoptosis compared with controls, as determined by immunoblotting and immunohistochemical methods. Most importantly, GE did not exert any detectable toxicity in normal, rapidly dividing tissues such as gut and bone marrow. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to demonstrate the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity of whole GE for the management of prostate cancer.



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Outdoor Kids Free Herbal Webinar

Outdoor Kids: Herbal First Aid for Summer

I just realized something the other day.

So…here are the main plants covered in the Herb Fairies books.

Chickweed, violet, lemon balm, plantain, chamomile, calendula,
marshmallow, burdock, elder, pine, rose, cinnamon and finally,

These are all safe and fun herbs to learn about. There are ENDLESS
cool projects you can do with you kids with those herbs.

Now, what else do you notice?

That these herbs are most of the common herbs used to TREAT kids

when they have simple, day-to-day, first aid type ailments.


So, while you’re teaching your kids about herbs with Herb Fairies,
you are ALSO learning about the very same plants you can use to
treat them in common, day-to-day situations.

WOW! I didn’t even plan that! I had no idea.

So, I am not sure if you saw this yesterday, but we’re doing a
webinar TONIGHT with Dr. Aviva Romm.

She wrote Naturally Healthy Babies for Children and The
Natural Pregnancy Book
. Before graduating Yale Medical School,
she was a practicing herbalist and midwife for over 20 years.

It’s FREE…it’s TONIGHT… and it’s called…

“Outdoor Kids: Herbal First Aid for Summer”

Aviva even talks about how to use many of the herbs featured in

Herb Fairies. I saw the outline, and it’s a very simple and thorough

You have to hurry, since it’s happening tonight.

I just wanted to make the connection here between this webinar and
what I realized about Herb Fairies the other day. 🙂

Cool, eh?

Register for free here… (It’s tonight)
John from LearningHerbs

AND I almost forgot…

We are giving away a copy of Herb Fairies on the webinar tonight.

No worries if you bought it already and you win. We’ll refund you. 🙂

PPS…. (this just in on the Herb Fairies site)…

“I just have to tell you what an impact this series is making in our home.
These stories are such a seamless combination of environmental
sustainability, botanical learning, and practical first aid as well as being
extremely captivating for children. Our girls have really taken the
message of the books to heart and now want to find out as much as
they can about the healing powers of herbs so the lost art of how to
utilize their magic isn’t forgotten.

They’re already expanding on the beautiful herb journals that are provided
with this series and creating more journals about additional herbs and wanting
to scout around outside even more to see what herbs they can find, while
at the same time remembering to only pick what they need and to leave the rest of the
plant so it can keep growing and be there next year. It’s impact in our
home was felt immediately and it’s been wonderful!

Thanks so much for creating this series; it’s a wonderful tale that can bring 
families together on an adventure that will last their whole lives.”

 Outdoor Kids Free Herbal Webinar

Herb Fairies closes soon! 

Outdoor Kids Free Herbal Webinar



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Lavender-honey ice cream

Lavender-honey ice cream

2 cups cream

2 cups milk

1 cup lavender flowers

1/3 cup honey

5 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

a little black sea salt on top to pop the taste of the ice cream

Place the lavender flowers in a saucepan, and cover with cream. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and then remove from heat and allow the lavender to infuse for an hour. Don’t leave it for any longer than that or it will go bitter. Bring cream back up to a simmer, then strain out the lavender flowers.

Whisk egg yolks together in a bowl. Ladle in a few scoops of the lavender-infused cream, while whisking the egg yolks, then pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan. Add the honey, salt, and vanilla. Cook on low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to a custard– about 10 minutes usually.

Remove from the heat. Pour in the milk and incorporate it fully.

Taste the mixture– since lavender flowers vary in strength and flavour, yours might need more milk or honey (if it does, add them a tablespoon at a time until it tastes right).

Put in a bowl and refrigerate until very cold.

Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions.

Serve with a sprig of lavender on top, and a sprinkling of black sea salt. The salt really brings out the flavour.



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Herb Fairies

Picture your children 15 years from now… Imagine them confidently gathering the healing herbs that grow around them.

Get Herb Fairies

From the creator of Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, comes a new twist on the most ancient form of teaching.

We are finally revealing the secret “children’s learning system” that Wildcraft! creator Kimberly Gallagher has been writing for nearly three years.

It’s a “magical tale of plants and their remedies.”

This is an adventure that teaches kids, without them even realizing that they’re learning.

If you ever wished you knew this stuff when you were little, now’s your chance to learn and pass on your passion.

We’ll also give you some really fun, free things you can do with your kids this week.

Parents, grandparents and kids at heart will want to know about this.


Did you hear the exciting news?

Our friends at LearningHerbs have just announced a new herbal learning experience for kids!


Herb Fairies ~ A Magical Tale of Plants and Their Remedies


So fun!

Kimberly Gallagher (the creator of the Wildcraft Board Game) has written 13 interactive books that teach children about plant identification and herbalism through the art of storytelling. In this series, a group of friends discover that herb fairies and other magical beings exist all around them. Together they learn about medicinal plants and work to restore healing plant magic to the world.

This special collection of herbal children’s stories has been in the making for over 3 years and includes activities, coloring sheets, recipes, and more!

Here’s a sneak peek…


Visit now to watch a video about the Herb Fairies and learn more about this upcoming series!

Herb Fairies



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Harvest Soup

This is one version of my Harvest Soup.
NOTE: This is a very large batch of soup. I hope you enjoy!



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Straw Bale Gardens

Sometime in the near future, I’m going to be establishing a couple of straw bale garden areas because it’s a fabulous way to add volume to areas of land that need more soil and at the same time create rich soil that doesn’t deplete itself right away.

I’ve been reading about this method of gardening and find myself very impressed with the results and the positive impact it has on the land. Not having to pull weeds and do deep bend downs is a huge plus too.

Straw Bale Gardens

One of the best websites on the subject was Deberosa’s Homestead Weblog with excellent photos documenting the whole process. I’ll be documenting my efforts at straw bale gardening as well when I get to that point.

Set up the bales and run the soaker hose around the top

Pitfalls of Straw Bale Gardening

One thing I will point out that most articles did not, is to get straw bales that are chemical free so you’re not growing your garden plants in chemicals that they will absorb. That should be a no brainer, but it’s worth the reminder to ask before you buy the straw bales.

I also think the water usage for this type of garden is higher because it’s all above ground and will air out faster, but that’s also what would make it decompose properly. You don’t want mold, so I don’t want to cover it. I’m thinking of putting a short frame around mine for support and to make it look nicer since mine will be in a small space yard.

Straw Bale Gardens  are a great way to grow veggies, greens and herbs and once they compost they make  a great start on a regular garden area.

More to come on this project!



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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup natural white sugar
1/2 Veggie oil
1 large egg

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