Stranger's Hill Organics

Organic food consumption is on the rise, which a good thing, unless you’re a small-scale farmer. A growing number of consumers venture to farmers’ markets because they are interested in buying local and organic food. However, many farm stands get passed by simply because they are not labeled certified organic, even if they follow organic practices. I can’t blame these consumers because I used to do the same thing. Not organic? Not interested. Moving on.

But not anymore. Small-scale farmers are counting on our support and cannot afford for consumers to view their methods and products in such simplistic terms as organic and non-organic. Although a farm may meet all the certified organic requirements, the farm cannot legally tell consumers their products are organic unless the farm is granted organic certification by the USDA. Read more…

Fig and Arugula Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This might just be your new favorite sandwich. And after one bite, you might never care to try any other sandwich ever again. Trust me, it’s that good. The idea for this sandwich came as a result of the cold and cloudy weather of Seattle. When we get a blustery weekend, I like to stay at home, layer in cozy clothes, work on a house project, and eat something like this for lunch. Read more…

(Image courtesy of truenourishment.com)

Why do we consider processed foods convenient? Although they may save time in the moment, our bodies can tell the difference. Processed foods are inferior to fresh foods in many ways. They lack important nutrients the body requires, such as vitamins, enzymes, and fiber, and are stuffed with synthetic chemicals to enhance taste and preserve shelf life, which promote inflammation, hypertension, and other health problems. Read more…

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013: Smoky Mountain Snowcaps

As the days grow shorter and colder, I find myself in the mood to bring joy and warmth to my kitchen by baking cookies. Of course, the best part of baking cookies is sharing them with others. Who can resist a freshly homemade cookie? Just try saying the word “cookie” with a frown on your face. Impossible. Read more…

Fig Preserves

October 16, 2013

Fig Preserves

A few months ago, a surprise package arrived at my door. It was a curious sort of thing as I hadn’t ordered anything online nor was it close to a birthday or holiday. There was absolutely no reason for a package to be sitting on my doorstep, but there it sat. Not sure of its contents, I gingerly tore away the cardboard and was enchanted with what I saw.   Read more…