Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting – NYTimes.com

Hey everyone! I am back and ready to give out some awesome recipes, new places to eat, farmers markets, our UMass Lowell Community Garden, and other DIY ideas. A lot has happened since I last posted, and I’m in a better place in my life.

I thought I’d share this cool article for some food for thought 🙂

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Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting - NYTimes.com

By MIREYA NAVARRO

Dozens of smaller cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, have adopted rules that mandate recycling of food waste from homes, but sanitation officials in New York had long considered the city too dense and vertically structured for such a policy to succeed.

Recent pilot programs in the city, though, have shown an unexpectedly high level of participation, officials said. As a result, the Bloomberg administration is rolling out an ambitious plan to begin collecting food scraps across the city, according to Caswell F. Holloway IV, a deputy mayor.

The administration plans to announce shortly that it is hiring a composting plant to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year. That amount would represent about 10 percent of the city’s residential food waste.

Anticipating sharp growth in food recycling, the administration will also seek proposals within the next 12 months for a company to build a plant…

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Facts on Tea

Pu'er

People think that tea comes from a many number of tea-plant species since there are so many types of tea that we are accustomed to drinking. After going to a tea tasting at a place in Portland, Maine called Dobra Tea, I learned this was not the case. When we hear white, black, or green tea we may assume that it might be due to the plants being close to those colors or how the leaves are. There is so much more about tea that I never knew until I went to this tea tasting.

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Homemade White Corn Tortillas

I had picked up the June copy of “bon appetit” and found this very easy recipe for making homemade tortillas. I loved the idea of fresh, hot tortillas made from scratch. I searched everywhere for a tortilla press that they mentioned in the magazine, but none of my local stores had one. I will have to order one online or look in a kitchen specialty store. For today, I just used wax paper and my hands. My Nana mentioned using a rolling pin might of helped, but I kind of like the uneven look to these mini tortillas.

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Salad in a Grapefruit. Watching your portions with the rind.

Sometimes to watch my portions especially with meat or even protein packed vegetarian options, I used my grapefruit rinds to hold my meals. It’s a great way to portion out your food and make it look fancy at the same time. I’ve been really into red grapefruits lately. My stomach gets upset or bloated, and the red grapefruit is there to save the day! I used to hate a lot of citrus foods as a kid, but as I’ve grown older I have found they can be my best friends. Packed with rich vitamin C and other things to keep my poor immune system running. When you work with children, especially in the first year, you seem to catch every cold and disease known to man one after the other. It’s constant punches I have to dodge. So such simple meals as the one above help keep it in check.

This has quinoa, broccoli slaw raw, cherry tomatoes, and romaine lettuce. Simple and easy for a quick dinner.

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Vanilla Brown Rice Custard

Happy May Day everyone! This is my month! YEAH! Well.. more like my birthday is in 20 days. WOOT! Beyond that, I was in the mood yesterday to have some homemade rice pudding. I found a couple of recipes, but most of them called for an egregious amount of Half and Half. Last thing I wanted was 3 cups of Half and Half in my rice custard. I also wanted to use brown rice over white rice to change it up a bit. This weekend was mostly dedicated towards my garden area and celebrating Arbor day late. So here is a simple and delicious recipe for Vanilla Brown Rice Custard.

You will need:

  • 13.5 ounces of milk (coconut milk, soy, or almond would be delicious too)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar for step 1 of the recipe
  • 2/3 cup sugar for Step 2 of the recipe
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 1 1/2 cup of vanilla non fat yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbs of Vanilla Extract

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When I have a house of my own, I will do this. For now it looks like I’m going to be taking a hatchet and cutting down branches to make my own garden fence. Should be an interesting day tomorrow 🙂 I’ll keep you all posted. For now, enjoy this lovely post by Garden Drama.

Garden Drama

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my talk, I was reminded of one of my favorite DIY project from my own garden, the Garden Drama test garden.

Festooning a six foot privacy with marbles is addictive fun that really adds a pop and punch to the garden setting, especially when the sun hits it from the back. The process is pretty simple.

I would recommend using new marbles. Vintage marbles will vary in size, slightly, so it you can deal with this, go ahead. So first, find your marbles if you’ve lost them, then determine a drill bit size that will bore…

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Nashoba Winery and Tour

For Earth Day, Chrissy and I celebrated in a way Dionysus would’ve approved of. What better way to celebrate the earth and all its wonders then over wine that has been grown, harvested, fermented, and bottled on the same 52 acres we were standing on. Welcome to Nashoba Winery in Bolton, MA! This is one of my favorite day trips to take because you can do so much there at a pretty cheap price. Wine tasting is only$5.00 and the tours are $10. The wines and spirits range from 11 dollars and up too. Even as I wrote this, I was enjoying a glass of their classic and most favored Plum Wine. That is what brought us on this pilgrimage in the first place. One taste and you become hooked. Chrissy had never gone before while I had the neglected pleasure of having it less than ten minute from my house when I lived in Clinton, MA. I had only been there once before with my parents, and I never got to explore the area. Yes, I wine tasted, but I didn’t engorge on the possibilities and knowledge that this winery offers.

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Open Faced Chili Powder Cheesy Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Spinach, Tomato, and Salsa

Good Morning! I feel refreshed and ready for the day on this rainy morning. While I was driving home from work, I was thinking of how I wanted an egg sandwich. Instead of paying five dollars though, I decided to make it at home. What a quick and delicious morning meal! On top of that, I saved money instead of taking the easy way. I pass a Dunkin Donuts on my way to and from work… so it’s sometimes very tempting, but I persevered!

You need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread (or bread of choice. Pumpernickel would be delicious!)
  • 1/2 cup of 3 cheese shredded
  • 1 Tbs of milk
  • slice of tomato
  • 3 leaves of spinach
  • 1 Tbs of salsa
  • chili powder to sprinkle

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First Time at Ikea

What is your dream kitchen?

Everyone has a particular flavor and style when it comes to interior decorating. I almost went to college for interior design, but I didn’t like the idea of having to deal with the stress of working with people who also might not know what they want. It isn’t until we are presented with rooms filled with goodies that we realize what our particular tastes are. My friend Erin prefers dark woods and blacks. I, on the other hand, prefer lighter woods, blacks and whites, and pops of colors. I got so excited going here like it was an amusement park… and we had the realization that this must be the true sign of getting old… when you get excited about furniture and kitchen goods. This was literally “Home and Garden” porn for my eyes. I ran around like a kid in Toys R Us.

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