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Cynthia R.
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  • Ontario, CA
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama, Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
Fill in the blank:
God made dirt so dirt don't hurt
A bit about me:
20 something wife and mother of 2 striving to be as self suuficient and in touch with my food supply as is humanly possible in an apartment in the center of a huge metro area.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Went to the OC Fair and fell in love with funnel cakes, so I came home, googled some recipes and made some, put powdered sugar on them then topped them off with some strawberry preserves. Heavenly!
Currently reading:
1974 Farm Journal Freezing and Canning Cookbook
Currently listening to:
the hiss of my pressure canner as my homemade chicken stock processes, my kids bickering
My latest DIY project:
tured my apartment balcony into a mini veggie & herb garden using DIY self watering containers, learning to bake real wheat bread ( I usually bake gluten free), continuing to read up on cheesemaking and plan to make sausage (linguica) this fall.
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Transitioning to a Fall/Winter Garden

This week the weather has been so gorgeous: mild, cool, (60-70 degree) and crisp nights (50ish). I'm trying to enjoy it the best that I can, autumn is a very short season in SoCal, its likely to jump back to 90 degree temps to get cold and drizzly and rather depressing on natures whim. I've heard and read that autumn in SoCal is the equivalent of spring back east; we're finally wandering outside again after the brutal summer sun and heat, and the ground is warm enough… Continue

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 3:25am — 2 Comments

Canning Jamboree 2009 (part 1)

What I started with: 50 pounds of 'O Henry' peaches and 56 pounds of 'Friar Plums'

Heres just some of what I've made so far: (In this photo) 9 1/2 pints of plum jam, 3 quarts of brandied peaches, 4 pints of peaches in light syrup, 9 quarts of plums in cinnimon syrup…


Posted on August 29, 2009 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Lesson Learned: Do not add cold jars to a hot canner

I had chicken stock simmering all night, and today needed to get it strained, chilled (to remove the fat) and canned. My mind must have been somewhere else entirely, I had turned the stove on to heat up the water in the pressure canner while I filled jars with cold stock...then when I added the first jar in- CRACK!

I freaked out and checked to see what cracked before it hit me that the water was hot, the glass jar was cold, bad combo. I've never had a jar crack on me. So I carefully… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

August Garden Update, tomato issues

My summer Balcony Garden ( and eager 2 year old looking for ripe tomatoes)

Yum, nothing beats a sun warmed ripe tomato fresh from outside with a bit of salt and pepper. I didnt even bother with basil this time,… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 4:50pm — 2 Comments

Art of kefir making

I have been meaning to post about how I make kefir from the grains I got from my pal Theresa. Its only taken 6 months to pull this post out of my draft folder and finally finish it! Kefir grains are interesting in that they cannot be made in a lab persay as a culture, the only way to get more kefir grains is to keep some happy until they grow (propogate) and you have so many grains you end up having to give half of them away unless you're making huge qualities of kefir daily. My grains came… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

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At 4:56pm on August 6, 2009, Cornelia said…
Hi Cynthia - welcome to HOMEGROWN.org! I love your funnel cake inspiration story - that's an intimidating DIY involving hot oil!! Looks like you've already made some great connections here - so glad! Look forward to hearing more about your patio harvest.
At 2:46pm on October 18, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Cynthia! I just searched for your "art of kefir-making" post because I'd like to include it in a HOMEGROWN 101 section here for new people. How are you? How did your summer growing season go? We miss you!

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