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Hand outs and resources on these seminars, as well as general cooking information, can be found below. These documents are available for downloading at the bottom of the page.
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminar Series
Cooking Seminar Outlines is an overview of the seminars listed below (except the newer additions to the list, including Whole Foods Baking; Fermented Foods; Gluten Free Living & Eating; Brewing Beer; and Wine-Making.)
Handouts & Resources for Each Seminar
Gluten Free Eating and Living
Notes, Resources & Recipes
from Hands On Holistic Health Instructor Paula M. Youmell, RN, MS, CHC
Making Fermented Foods
Kimchi and Sauerkraut Notes
Kimchi and Sauerkraut Recipe Resources
Learn How to Bake (& Convert Your Favorite Recipes!) to Whole Foods
Brownie Conversion Recipe
Chocolate Cookie Recipe Conversion
French Breakfast Puffs Recipe Conversion
Pie Crust & Rye Bread Recipes
Whole Foods Baking Conversions
Making Any Recipe a Whole Food Recipe
Sugar Ruins Health
The Many Names of Sugar
Alternative Sugar Article
Whole Grains & Beans
Basics of Beans & Grains Spelled Out
Grains & Beans Handout
Grains & Beans Cooking Charts
Grains & Beans Flavor Combination Guide
Salad Dressing and Veggie Slaw Recipe
Spice Blends for Beans, Soups, Stews, Stir-fries & Salad Dressings
Wild Spring Edibles
Wild Spring Edibles Handout
Edible Wild Greens Chart
Vegetarian/Vegan: Healthy Ways to Eat a Plant-Based Diet
Hands On Health Vegetarian Vegan Handout
Bean Burgers & Curried Chickpeas
Healthy Salad Dressing
Vegetarian Cook Book Resources
Cooking Up a Summer Storm: A Fresh Foods Bonanza
Fresh Foods Handout
Wild Game and Pasture Raised Meats: Savory Natural Meat Cooking
Wild Game & Pastured Meat Handout
Paleo Diet Handout
Note that providing this link is not an endorsement of this dietary regimen, per se - the reliance on meat protein in this diet may not be suitable for everyone, though the premise of the diet - eschewing processed foods in favor of foods prepared in their purest natural form - is one we do heartily endorse. As with all things, we recommend careful study of all resources in order to take the "good" (according to you) and leave the rest. Unless medically recommended, it is also our belief that "dieting" (following only one regimen strictly) is likely not sustainable or favorable to good health. That said, we include as many resources as possible that may be of value to you on our site, and let you determine how best to use the information provided.
General Cooking Information
Know Your Cookware
Know Your Cooking Oils
Making Your Own Tea
Raw Foods Diet
Note that providing this link is not an endorsement of this dietary regimen, per se - the lack of "traditional" protein sources in this diet may not be suitable for everyone, though one premise of the diet - favoring raw foods that allow for more nutrient absorption than processed and cooked foods - is one we do heartily endorse. As with all things, we recommend careful study of all resources in order to take the "good" (according to you) and leave the rest. Unless medically recommended. it is also our belief that "dieting" (following only one regimen strictly) is likely not sustainable or favorable to good health. That said, we include as many resources as possible that may be of value to you on our site, and let you determine how best to use the information provided.
Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds
Cooking to Optimize Nutrient Absorption
Know How to Use a Pressure Cooker
Types of Rice
Nutritious Delicious Cooking Series
Thanks to Old Market Farm Hardy Roses (plus select northern-hardy berry bushes, fruit trees, hops and garlic) for some local "flavor" in writing this up!
Gardening & Food Preservation
if you are unable to access google docs for some links below, let us know and we'll email you the information
The original American "fast food!"
HOME CANNING FOR HEALTH & FLAVOR
For three excellent resource links to learn all about Home Canning CLICK HERE and scroll down to the Canning section.
HOME MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION
Boiling Down: It is recommended that you build a simple outdoor stove for boiling down - it is not recommended to do (most) of it in the house, unless you like peeling wallpaper, sugar-laden steam condensation on everything in your house, or trying to clean overboiled sugars out of every nook and cranny of your stove when you get that phone call or the kid takes a fall, etc.
There's a good chance one of these things will happen - for every gallon of syrup you make, about 40 gallons of water must boil off in to the environment; where will it all go?
Check out the easy outdoor stove they show you how to make at this site: www.tapmytrees.com/coprsap.html.
Another informative site: http://ohioline.osu.edu/for-fact/0036.html.
Neither site talks much about why you should finish off the syrup in the kitchen instead of outdoors though. Here's the scoop: you need to VERY carefully regulate the temperature just before bottling. Where we are, in the St. Lawrence River Valley, if it goes over 219 degrees, it will crystallize in the jar, and be a bit of wasted effort (not entirely, but not nice pourable stuff for your pancakes!)
The idea is to get it up to 217, 218 degrees outdoors on a wood fire (which is harder to regulate the temp) and then move it indoors and "finish it" with a more easily regulated stove temperature, with the thermometer stuck right in it until you see it hit the magic 219; then remove from heat and bottle quickly. If you accidentally go over 219 before bottling, no worries! Add more sap and bring it back up to temperature. (Adjust your boiling point for your elevation, of course.)
START YOUR GARDEN SEEDLINGS INDOORS
BirdsFoot Farm Seedlings Handout
Notes on Saving Seeds from long-time North Country gardener Mary Ann Cateforis.
Seed Saving Library of Resources Provided By Cornell University (includes a comprehensive list of resources)
Organic Seed Alliance's Seed Saving Guide for Farmers and Gardeners
What's Inside a Seed
Organic Seed Production: Free Online Tutorial (it was free, and maybe it still is, but you now have to log in to access the content. 6/2014)
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM FUNDAMENTALS
Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation
Resources from our workshops with Turtle Hill Shiitake, PLC:
Shiitake Background Reading
Shiitake Production Fundamentals is available as a .pdf - email us and we'll send it to you!
For many links to general resources for gardeners please check out this link (and scroll down to relevant sections): www.sustainablelivingproject.net/resources-links
Also, keep an eye on our Events Schedule for upcoming workshops on gardening-related topics, and our various food and gardening Swaps!
Healthy Trees & ForestsFruit Tree Pruning: Pruning Lingo from our Pruning workshop with David Rice
Helpful Tools: Family Forest Owners Toolbox
For many links to general resources for forestry please check out this link (and scroll down to relevant sections): www.sustainablelivingproject.net/resources-links
See also the HOME MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION tips in the "Gardening & Food Preservation" section above.
See also SHIITAKE MUSHROOM FUNDAMENTALS in the "Gardening & Food Preservation" section above.
Green Home and Garden Tours
Renewable Energy; Green Building; Healthy Forest;
Sustainable Ag (for Home & Market); Rural Skills.
See our Home Tours page here!
Health & Wellness
Mind & Body Centered
Anxiety & Stress Relief Sessions:
"Using the Mind to Reduce Stress and Anxiety"
Thursday, July 10
Resources for Stress Reduction
More resources for the upcoming workshops below will be available soon!
"Body Awareness in Stress Management"
Thursday, July 17
"Developing a Philosophy of Stress Free Living"
Thursday, July 24
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