Monthly Archives: January 2011

My New Go-To Meal

Today I enjoyed snow/sew day #2, then threw together a last-minute dinner that ended up being awesome! Talk about a good day! I didn’t measure anything, just kind of tossed stuff together. Here is what went down.

Baked Marinated Cajun Tofu
1 package extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
1 part olive oil
1 part lemon juice
1 part soy sauce
healthy sprinkling of garlic powder
your favorite cajun seasoning, to taste (I have my own blend of spices I use)

Drain and slice tofu into 4 sections. Press about 30 minutes. I usually place mine between two kitchen towels, then set a wooden cutting board and cast iron cookware on top. While your tofu is pressing mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl. Cube tofu and place in bowl, coat well. Set the bowl in your fridge and remix every 30 minutes or so. I did this for about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place marinated tofu in a greased 9×13 pan. (I used my cast iron skillet) Bake for about 60-70 minutes stirring every 20 minutes or so.

While the tofu was baking I placed a small sauce pan on the stove and melted a good amount of butter over low-med heat. Then added some garlic and onion powder,  turned the heat up slightly and simmered for several minutes. I then added approximately 1 cup 1/2 & 1/2 and grated a good amount of parmesan cheese into the pan. Be sure to whisk your sauce constantly so it does not burn. Once the cheese has melted and sauce thickens, maybe 3-5 minutes, add your cooked pasta and stir to coat. This makes enough sauce for 2 small servings.

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When Baking is for the Birds

Last month, as a solstice gift for my feathered friends, I baked up a batch of bird muffins. I’ve been wanting to make these for years but seeing as how one of the ingredients is bacon drippings, something I never have since I rarely eat meat,  the recipe has been hanging out on my fridge every winter for as long as I can remember.

When I first placed the muffins on my holly tree, the birds favorite hangout, they weren’t sure what to think. After realizing my gift was food, they were all a twitter with excitement! If you don’t have a tree to hang the muffins on you can always place them on a tray.

Bird Muffins

(from Birds & Blooms Aug/Sept 2001)

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup plain bread crumbs

3/4 c raisins

1/2 cup bacon drippings

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sand

1 cup water

Combine cornmeal, flour, bread crumbs and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add raisins and sand and mix thoroughly. Then add the bacon drippings and water. Stir well.

Spoon the dough into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool the muffins to room temperature before serving (to the birds). Store leftover muffins in the refrigerator until it’s time for a refill.

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Paying It Forward

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or sometimes knows as honey bee depopulation syndrome (HBDS)  is nothing new. In fact, similar events have been recorded as early as 1869.  However, it wasn’t until the time-span of 1972-2006 that the dramatic reduction in feral honeybees in the US was really noticed. Did you know that feral honey bees are now almost non-existent in the US?

CCD is when worker bees up and leave the hive. No one really knows why this phenomenon takes place or where they go. A few theories, such as Varroa mites, environmental changes, pesticides, and migratory beekeeping may explain why this is taking place. There is a similarly shocking decline happening to 4 of the 50 species of  bumblebees. Bumblebees use something called buzz pollination which enables them to spread pollin by simply landing on a flower.  This drastic decline in bees is detrimental to our food chain because so many plants depend on bees for pollination.

I love bees, from a distance of course (I’m allergic) and honey is one of my all time favorite foods. Seriously, I eat it by the spoonful! Did you know that consuming local honey can actually help people with seasonal allergies? Well it can and does!

Several weeks ago, Dog Island Farm, posted about The Great Sunflower Project. They were offering to give away 5 packets of sun flower seeds in hopes of creating additional awareness about this devastating decline . I was selected as one of the lucky recipients for a packet of seeds. As luck would have it, I received two packs (apparently not many people entered to win) so I’d like to pass the extra packet along to one of my awesome readers!

For your chance to win you must complete the mandatory entry first. Mandatory entry, leave a comment about this post. For additional entries you can do one or all of the following, repost this on your Facebook page, then comment letting me know you did so. Sign up to follow One Green Tomato with your preferred RSS reader, then leave a comment stating you did so. If you already follow me make sure you update the feed with the new WordPress address. Sign up to receive email notices when new posts are available, then comment letting me know you did so. Retweet this post, leave a comment including your Twitter id. Reblog this post, leave a comment letting me know you did so.

That’s 6 possible chances to win. The contest will end Jan 28 at midnight. The winner will be chosen shortly there after using random.org’s number generator. Good Luck and the bees thank you! 🙂

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Decisions Decisions

You would think that deciding on something so simple as a blog banner would be easy. I mean seriously, it’s virtually identical to the one I had on Blogger, just with different pictures. Yet somehow it took me forever to make. Sigh. Sometimes I can be so indecisive with the most trivial of details!

I made several others but I think I like the one I have in the my header now the best. What do you think?

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