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Korean Turkey Burgers with Kimchi

Korean Turkey Burgers with Kimchi Recipe
Korean chile paste (also known as gochujang) blended into the ground turkey makes this turkey burger recipe incredibly moist and flavorful. Top these healthy turkey burgers with kimchi—a fermented mixture of cabbage and other vegetables—which can be found near other refrigerated Asian ingredients or near sauerkraut or pickles in well-stocked supermarkets or natural-foods stores.

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Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce

Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce Recipe
Kofta is the common term for the combination of ground meat, onions and spices shaped into balls and cooked. In this turkey kofta kebab recipe, ground turkey and minced onion are mixed with cumin and allspice to make a delicious grilled dinner. Look for tahini, a sesame paste, with Middle Eastern ingredients or in the natural-foods section of the supermarket.

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Loaded Garden Pizz’alad

Loaded Garden Pizz’alad Recipe
Here a garden salad packed with lettuce, bell pepper and avocado rests atop a provolone cheese pizza. And it’s all drizzled with tangy homemade ranch dressing. We recommend a knife, fork and plenty of napkins to dig into this pizz’alad! Using bread flour gives the pizza crust a crisp and sturdy structure, but all-purpose flour works well in its place. For a gluten-free pizza crust variation, see Tips.

Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming

Organic vs Non-organic lawn care

We have cut our lawn down to a very small area in the back yard. To cut down on the inherited weed problem, and to bring the lawn area up to a safer height with back sidewalk, we covered the old lawn with cardboard and added 5 inches of compost from Classic Compost. We then seeded with an eco lawn seed, which requires very little water.

For our health and our dogs health, we do not use any chemicals on the lawn. I was sent a link to this interesting poster on the benefits of organic lawn care compared to non-organic and thought I should share. It comes from Safer Brand, which one of our Food Policy Council members used to work for, so thought I should post for everyone to read.


Benefits of organic lawn care companies

Posted in Sustainable Homes and Living

Using Reflectors to Improve Collector/Window Solar Gain

I’ve added a new section that covers using reflectors to improve the performance of solar collector  or passive solar gain windows.

The section covers:

  • Design tables that allow you determine the benefit of reflectors of various sizes and to optimize the placement of the reflector.
  • An easy to build earth-sun simulator that allows you to see how a reflector of a given size and shape will perform for any location at any time of the year at any hour of the day.
  • Examples of the use of reflectors to improve collector performance.
Reflectors offer a uniquely effective way to increase the energy produced by a collector in that they increase the solar energy incident on the collector without increasing the heat losses from the collector — so, you get both an increase in solar input and an increase in collector efficiency — see the new section for more on this.
This earth-simulator allows reflector performance to be seen  for
any location and for any time of year and for any time of day.
A quick spin of the turntable shows the reflector light pattern for a full day.
Can also be used for shading and lighting studies.
Lots of fun!
Example of reflector performance table.
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A Design Challenge: Help ClubRust with Solar Heating Low Income Homes

ClubRust builds several low cost homes for families in northern Mexico each year. They would like to work out a way to insulate and solar heat these homes. The very small budget for these homes makes this a difficult design challenge.
So, here is your chance to help out with some ideas for solar heating and insulating these homes on a tight budget.
The ClubRust crew and one of their homes 
What’s Needed:
Most cost effective means to insulate and heat small houses in mild winter climate with little or no electricity.
Ideally the solution would provide heat thru a few cloudy days and cost less than $700.
Typical house is 320sf wood-frame construction on concrete slab — see the link below for full details.
ClubRust home under construction.
Take some time to think over this solar heating and insulation challenge, and contribute your ideas and  comments at the link just above.