Grant Holle

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Has anybody read Lloyd Kahn's latest, The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening? Trying to decide if it's worth buying given everything else on my reading list.
2 months ago

Marc Dube wrote:I cheat when it comes to socks and buy one brand one colour so I dont have to worry about mismatched socks just the one single one after the rest have been folded. .

I do the same, except now I have several generations of socks of the same color and brand, but they're worn to different degrees. Now when I sort socks I think about Steven Wright's joke:

"I went into this bar and sat down next to a pretty girl. She looked at me and said, 'Hey, you have two different colored socks on.' I said, 'Yeah, I know, but to me they're the same because I go by thickness.'"
3 months ago
This is one of the most powerful, most meticulously composed pieces of writing I know. I use passages from it in my writing course to demonstrate how to use sentence structure to effectively get across your points. It pleases me that I am simultaneously infecting my students' minds with MLK's ideas.
4 months ago

T Blankinship wrote:I also drink loose leaf earl grey in the morning.  Do you measure your tea and water? I just eye ball the tea and add 16 ounces of water.

I warm the pot with a splash of boiling water,  put 3 heaping teaspoons of tea in the pot, and fill it to the top with hot water (just shy of a liter). Small pleasures.
5 months ago
One of my simple pleasures is a pot of tea each morning.  I drink loose leaf earl grey brewed in a cast iron pot. I like it hot clear to the last cup, so had been leaving the pot on the stove on warm setting.  But I felt bad about the electricity. I was resigned to making a tea cozy for my pot. Then it hit me that an old ski hat would fit perfectly. I'd already cut the stitches on this one for a Halloween costume,  meaning I could put the spout through and didn't have to worry about condensation inside. It works well and keeps the tea nearly as hot as the stove.

6 months ago

I've been trying out some of you all's suggestions.

First, I made a stew with stuff I had on hand: onions, garlic, yellow squash, leftover sauteed mushrooms, potato, sweet potato, carrot, celery hoisin sauce, soy sauce, tomato paste. It was good--nothing to write home about. The hoisin sauce was a mistake... too sweet.

Then I went to the store and stocked up: eggplant, miso soup mix (no plain miso in my local store), liquid smoke, beet, shiitake and portobello mushrooms.

I spread some liquid smoke on thin slices of eggplant and roasted them; sauteed the onions and garlic in olive oil; added thick slices of mushrooms to the onions; threw in carrots, celery, diced beet, diced potato, diced sweet potato; added the eggplant, some water, the miso soup mix, dried thyme, dried sage, and a spoonful of tomato paste. I brought it to a boil and put it in the haybox cooker. I left it in there for 24 hours--it's cold enough outside now that I can do that. I brought it back to a boil and ate it. This one's a keeper. The mushrooms give something to chew on. The beet gives a nice earthy flavor. The miso soup adds the umami I was wanting (alas, I later read the label and it has fish in it, so my stew's not vegetarian). I think my kids will like this one (10 and 7--they're on a trip right now, so I'm a temporary bachelor). The only downside is it's not as filling as a beef stew, so I'll have to make more of it.

I also tried frying the eggplant spread with liquid smoke and making an ELT sandwich. I loved this. I did spread mayo on the sandwich, so not vegan. I'm loathe to compare it to a BLT. The mouth-feel is different, and the taste isn't the same. But if you approach the sandwich as it's own thing, not a substitute for a BLT, it's simply an excellent sandwich.

Thanks, everybody, for your suggestions!
7 months ago

Tereza Okava wrote:
sliced eggplant or zucchini, pan fried with spices you like (or teriyaki marinade)

I do love breaded, roasted eggplant in a sandwich (though, I've always added melted cheese).
7 months ago
I am trying to move away from animal products (not entirely... baby steps).

I love sandwiches, but I generally think of a sandwich with meat (usually) and cheese (always). Can any of you suggest vegan sandwiches that you love?

Similarly, winter's coming and I love a thick stew when it's cold. I have a go-to vegan stew: root vegetables, squash, red peppers, lentils or garbanzo beans, and coconut milk for creaminess. I love this recipe, but I find myself craving a beef stew. Any suggestions for a vegan stew that would appeal to my craving for the umami found in beef stew?

7 months ago
I've made 3 haybox cookers now. One big one for home that fits our large enameled cast iron casserole dish, one for our land in the desert, one for camping.

I'm presently on a camping trip with my extended family for my dad's 80th birthday. I did beef stew in it the first; just browned the meat,  added raw vegetables and potatoes,  spices, salt, and water, brought it to a boil,  and put it in the cooker until everybody arrived hours later. It was still too hot to hold without gloves, everything was cooked, potatoes were soft. Minimum of gas used, and no worries about burning the bottom. Yesterday morning,  it kept the bacon hot, while I cooked the pancakes. Today I'll use it to parboil potatoes for this evening, when I'll slice and fry them. Love the box, and I think I got my brothers interested in making one.

This one is an old box, I repurposed,  insulated with recycled foam insulation, and lined with ducting remnants.
10 months ago
I like the idea of a scythe to replace my trimmer. It occurs to me it could also be used to clear sagebrush (with a brush blade, natch). Anybody have experience scything sagebrush?
1 year ago