MATSONI YOGURT

MATSONI YOGURT

AN HEIRLOOM YOGURT FROM EASTERN EUROPE WITH A CUSTARD-LIKE TEXTURE

Santa Cruz, California. We made Matsoni yogurt from milk and a starter culture. This is an heirloom yogurt, which means it can be made again, indefinitely, by adding some of the previous batch to milk to make the next batch. It is also mesophilic, which means it is cultured at a lower temperature. The mild, honey-like flavor makes this perfect as a dessert. We sweetened it and served it with blackberry juice, blackberries and blueberry powder.

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FALL COLORS

FALL COLORS

DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS IN A FALL COLOR SCHEME

Santa Cruz, California. Late last spring, the water shortage in California turned into an unprecedented drought. Planting the usual summer flowers in the garden was no longer an option. Now, the entire garden had to be drought tolerant. We needed to do some careful planning if we didn’t want it to look like a desert cactus landscape. The solution was planting with a color coordinated scheme. It made the garden look more about the colors and less about drought tolerance. We planted yellow, red and orange colored flowers (fall colors), because there were plenty of choices that were drought tolerant. Varieties with names like “Indian summer”.

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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

“If the flap of a butterfly’s wings can be instrumental in generating a tornado, it can equally well be instrumental in preventing a tornado”

Edward Norton Lorenz, originator of the butterfly effect

Most people are familiar with “the butterfly effect” named from Edward Norton Lorenz’s theory of Chaos where he said “A butterfly flapping it’s wings in Brazil can produce a tornado in Texas”. But less well known is that he said the opposite can also be true. A little thing can snowball into a bigger effect. And something as small as a butterfly’s wings can be the instrument in preventing a tornado. This seems like a perfect analogy for reversing climate change. A series of little things can reverse the change that is happening to our climate and prevent the tornado in Texas.

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SUNFLOWER SEED BAGUETTE

SUNFLOWER SEED BAGUETTE

EASY BAGUETTE THAT RIVALS THE BREADS IN FRANCE

We are celebrating the return of the Olympics with sunflowers by using sunflower seeds in our baking. This is the recipe for our sunflower seed baguette. Sunflowers from the Miyagi area of Japan are featured at the Olympics. The organizers said that after the earthquake and tsunami, the parents planted sunflowers on a hillside in Miyagi in memory of their children who died, and every year now the hill becomes covered with sunflowers.

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