Recipes

Make Summer Meals Simple

By Lia Jonsson Summer is a time for simple meals – how often have we all said that? Here’s a sampling of summer treats – all easy, tasty and quick – perfect for summer: Summer Shrimp and Grits This rendition of a low-country favorite has every bit as much appeal and character as the more substantial version made with andouille sausage. It’s light, flavored with citrus, and true to the tradition of a “fresh fisherman’s catch.” The basic recipe is…

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Good Reads, Success Stories and Special Foods

By Lia Jonsson Although there is never a shortage (at least in my world) of interesting things to read, it seems that the last few weeks have brought even more than the usual number of “good reads” to my inbox; I also have a stack of “real” books awaiting my attention. This week, I’d like to pass on a few of the best: On Schools, Students and Teachers – and the Possibilities Many of us believe the old adage: “If…

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Eating Fish Boosts Brain Power, Lowers Heart and Stroke Risk

Hey y’all, Lia’s Back! She is going to be re-starting her regular Friday column with Food Features. Be sure to watch for upcoming recipes with ideas on how to use the fresh harvest from your Aquaponics systems. By Lia Jonsson If, like many health conscious Americans, you have adopted Meatless Mondays, you can lift your good habits to the next level by adding fish to your diet on a regular basis. Fish will help lower blood pressure naturally and protect against…

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New “Aquaponic Information Resources” page

Hey there! I wanted to just put this post out here to let you know about the new Aquaponic Information Resource page that I have put together that will serve as a place of reference for all individuals who want to learn more about Aquaponics. Yesterday (February 5th, 2014), I gave two presentations at the Missouri Organic Association conference about Aquaponics. The first presentation was about Aquaponic System Design, and the important questions that need to be addressed relating to…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better: The Season for Comfort Food

By Lia Jonsson It doesn’t matter where in the world you live: When the winds blow and the temperature dips, it’s time to stay indoors, sip warm drinks and eat comfort food. From one region to another and one culture to the next, the only differences are what, exactly, constitutes comfort food. I think many would agree that simple preparation, familiar ingredients, one-dish meals, and recipes that are as good reheated the next day as they are when originally consumed are…

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Eating Well, Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson The French actor-playwright Moliere is said to have said, “I live on good soup, not on fine words.” In that spirit I’m writing about soup – good soup – made with readily available, simple, hearty, nutritious components; great soups do not need fine ingredients. Soup can be made quickly of whatever is available; it is forgiving, and often the best results come from substitution and improvisation. Soup can be an entire meal, or it can start a…

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Eating Well, Feeling Better

by Lia Jonsson Unfortunately, World Food Day slipped by pretty much unnoticed this year. It was Thursday, October 16, and most of us went about our business pretty much as we normally do, without giving much thought to those who might be going to bed hungry. Perhaps, that is the way it normally is. But those of us who are somehow involved in the raising and growing of food – even if we can’t quite be classified as “farmers,” try…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Part of the art of eating well, to my mind, is found in ease of preparation. If one doesn’t have to think much or work hard, eating well simply becomes habit. I’m the first to admit that when planning and preparing meals becomes a chore, I’d rather order take out or settle for cereal and milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Occasionally, that can be a treat! But, good food is always a treat, and…

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