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This week’s Farm Fresh Links – July 18, 2012

Food Righteousness

Ouch! Grist turns the tables on our smug reactions to the report that ties bladder infections to factory farmed poultry – “Glad I eat homegrown birds!” was a common reaction I saw on Facebook, and one that I myself felt.  And I am still glad that I limit my family’s intake of factory farmed chicken to almost nothing, but I am taking this reminder to heart – let’s keep working to change the system, even if we have limited our own impact from the system.  Thanks, Grist!


Recipe – Simple Cooked Salsa

This simple salsa recipe is scaled down to just make a bowl of salsa to eat, not for making gallons of salsa from bushels of tomatoes.  I found the recipe too salty, so wait until the salsa has cooked and thickened, then taste for salt.


Essential Kitchen Tool – Knife Sharpener

This knife sharpener was a surprise winner in a Cook’s Illustrated product testing a few years ago.  I bought one after reading their review, and it has been one of the most useful items in my kitchen ever since.  I keep it in the knife drawer and swipe my knife through it a couple of times almost every time I use it.  Cheap, simple, durable – I wish every tool I own worked as well.  If you are in Texarkana, you can buy one at Dot’s Ace Hardware on Richmond Road.


Recipe – Melon Cooler

This one is on my “to try” short list – next week if the market is still swimming in cantaloupes, I am making this! I will let you know how it turns out.


Gardening tips

Even though it is just now getting to the hottest months of the summer, now is the time to think about the fall garden.  Mother Earth News is always an inspiration.


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