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01 Jun

Hidden Gem

P and C Fresh

315 Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

I came upon this little known secret, late on Friday afternoon, while I was looking for a LiXTiK location on the East side of Ithaca. I thought I would just go inside and see the same old same old I always see. I was pleasantly surprised to find about 40 local business vendors setting up for an in store festival. There was music, loads of samples and general cheer. 

P and C Fresh Ithaca features 100 plus local products. There's hard cider, macaroons, cheese, pickles, sauces, chips, honey, candles, and 
 LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm at every cash register! Plus our whole line of bar and liquid soaps, creams, and shampoo is on an end cap display in the Health and Beauty isle. For those of you living in Ellis Hollow or if you're visiting and couldn't get downtown or to the Ithaca Farmers' Market, you can conveniently stop at P and C Fresh on your way home with a healthy selection of the local bounty. Load your car up with a little slice of Ithaca.

19 Nov

Autumn Menu

I made a really nice dinner last night all (almost) from local food:

Venison: From our old neighbors in Harford, grilled over applewood from our new neighbor's apple trees at Enfield Manor. Served on a plate from Under The Tree (an Ithaca Farmers' Market vender; underthetreeithaca.com

Pumpkin Cornbread:

2 Cups cornmeal from Farmer Ground Flour 

2 Cups cooked pumpkin, from Ithaca Organics (an Ithaca Farmers' Market vender)

1 really big egg, from Happy Hen (a Greenstar Coop egg supplier)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder

1 cup water (you can substitute milk)

1/3 cup olive oil

Mix all together and put in an oiled pan. Bake at 350-375 for about an hour, until golden brown.

Kasha Varnishkas (minus the age bows)

1/4 cup olive oil heated in a pan

2 cups kasha or toasted buckwheat groats (from Farmer Ground), added to the oil on a low heat. Salute until fragrant.

1 really big egg (Happy Hen), beaten in a bowl. Add 2 cups of water and mix well.

Add the egg mixture to the kasha, mix well, leaving on a low heat. Cover. When all the water is absorbed, leave covered for 20 minutes.

Add a pinch of salt. Mix and fluff up. Serve.


Collard Greens:

1bunch of Collard Greens from Stick and Stone Farm (an Ithaca Farmers' market Vender and Greenstar supplier)

Wash greens and remove stems. Chop and boil. Add butter (from Maine), serve.

Apple Pie with Wheat Crust:

Fantastic Apples from the trees next door, washed and chopped and mixed with 1/4 cup sugar, some cinnamon and cloves and a little flour.

Farmer Ground white pastry flour crust. 

Put in your already hot oven and bake for about an hour.


Apple Pie with Buckwheat Crust:

This is just apples in a buckwheat flour (yes, from Farmer Ground again) crust. Bake for about an hour in your economically and energy efficiently used, full oven.

Cheese from Snow Farm in Brooktondale

Andy just can't have a piece of warm apple pie with out a piece of cold aged cheese.


Happy Fall!

29 Dec

Slow food, fiber, soap

Slow is always better. Slow organic food is always more flavorful, has more nutrition, is prettier (usually), tastes better. Slow organic fiber is softer, more durable, prettier. Just put slow organic cotton next to fast commercial cotton. The organic cotton is so soft and has beautiful drape. The commercial cotton is stiff and brittle, telling me that the fibers have less strength and will break. 

Slow organic body care is better.  Sometimes. Here the lines between organic and commercial are not so obvious. Sometimes organic body care can be ill prepared and spoil quickly, disintegrate with one use, and be too caustic. Commercial body care may use bright synthetic colors and strong chemical perfumes, fooling you into thinking it's going to clean. But it doesn't. It causes skin irritations and gives you headaches. An organic soap maker is a skilled tradesperson, requiring patience for a slow process to do it's magic. Lather, natural aromas, the ability for the lather to collect dirt and grease, rinse off and leave your skin clean without residue is all bundled up in a highly skilled craft. It's a lifestyle and a rhythm, where you can fit in other slow, organic processes.

When cooking beans, I usually soak them for 24 hours before I cook them. This reduces the cooking time to 30 minutes for lentils and 2 hours for pintos, on a low heat. Then, I turn off the heat, leave the pot covered and let the retained heat do the rest of the cooking. This may take longer, but uses far less energy and produces excellent flavor.

I do the same for vegetables in the oven. I split a winter squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and place the squash halves, upside down in a baking dish with a little water. Preheat the oven to 350, while prepping the squash, bake for 30 minutes and turn the oven off, leaving the squash to continue using the retained heat. I will also put in several more baking dishes in the oven with a kohlrabi in one, diced and tossed with some oil. An eggplant, poked with a few holes, in another.  And maybe a few medium sized potatoes. If the oven is this full, I may leave it on for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn off the oven when everything is 2/3-3/4 cooked and leave it, to use up the latent heat. Do this before going to work and come home to dinner only needing to be heated up a little or served cold if the weather is warm.

While this is cooking I can wake up the indigo pot, feed it some fruit and let it ferment for a few hours. All this while the soap is curing. In the pots, in the molds, and on the racks, waiting for someone to shower. It's all very slow, steady, healthful and nutrient filled. It involves the skilled labor of the artisans and the cooperation of knowledgable farmers, who grow everything organically. Happy plants and animals yield happy soap, clothing, and dinners. If the whole world operated on this paradigm, we'd all be working and getting ahead together. 

13 Aug

Summer Meat Pie

I love pies of all kinds. Sweet fruit or savory vegetable and meat, I could live on pie. Here's a simple pie recipe to go with a salad or to eat by itself. I wish I took photos of this great pie, but didn't. Yours will be lovely. Share your photos!



2 medium potatoes

1/2 pound turkey sausage

1 sweet red pepper

6-7 scallions

1/2 cup flour, any kind

salt to taste

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup of water or milk or soup broth. Whatever suites your taste.




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Oil your pie plate, with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Grate the potatoes. Rinse them under cold water and squeeze out all excess water.

4. In a bowl, mix the grated potatoes, with 1/4 cup of flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

5. Evenly press the potato mixture in the bottom of the pie plate and up the sides, as the crust.

6. Line the bottom the of the crust with the turkey sausage.

7. Chop the red pepper and scallions, and cover the sausage with them.

8. In a bowl, mix the remaining flour, olive oil, and water, milk or soup broth, salt. Pour this over the meat and vegetables. Sprinkle top with paprika.

9. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until crust is brown and liquid is gelled.

10. Cool for 5 minutes, cut and serve with salad, fruit and or cheese.


02 Jul

Made in the USA

Home Green Home on the Ithaca Commons is having their annual 

Made in America Sale Thursday July 3rd-Sunday July 6th!

 215 East State St, Ithaca NY 14850
Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5


Wondering what's on sale?  Enjoy 10% off of products from the following companies:


Products from:


17th Century Suds

Alchemy Goods

Bedworks of Maine

Bgreen Apparel

Carolina Morning (buckwheat only)

Forest Life Creations (earrings)

Golden Grove Farm (pillows)

Greensmart (bags, etc.)

Homeport Drying Racks

Java Gourmet (salts & sauces, but not chocolate)

Kings Corners Farm


Michael Rogers (Decomposition books)

Native Organics

Obentec (Bento lunch ware, but not carriers or lunch jars)

Potting Shed Creations

Royal Apparel

Show-N-Felts (cherry pit pillows)

Sprout Bottle

Stone Pillow Pottery

Stony Brook Foods (squash oils)

Sunbeam Candles

Wolff & Nagel


Select Items:


Meditation benches

WJS Archetype mattress

glo flannel

some Syracuse Cultural Workers –  if printed on Royal Apparel or American Apparel tees

some Sundancer Designs – all onesies and any tees printed on Royal Apparel or American Apparel tees