Tag Archives: pecans

next installment of agriculture photos

14 Feb

dairy cattle ranchI’ve been a busy bee. Not only am I discovering a lot about food and its production for my own benefit, but I’m working on a related fine art photography project for a class I’m taking, also. Hence, all the artsy B&W photos.

I spend a lot of time driving through the agricultural lands here; Hwy 28, Hatch, Dona Ana, Anthony, and all throughout the Mesilla Valley. What I see is a mixture of hard physical labor, neglected infrastructure, migrant workers, secluded mansions, and a struggle between modernity, urbanization, and authentic living. One thing I know for sure: our food producers are most certainly under-appreciated.

Here are some of the most recent photos from my adventures in farmland: Continue reading

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banana pineapple nut bread

29 Jan

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread for breakfast? I like mine with a drizzle of honey and a mug of coffee to go with it. Yum!

This recipe is, as you might imagine, dairy-free. I use eggs from a local free-range farm. I tweaked a classic recipe a bit to provide more health benefits; I like my bread to be less sweet than the usual desert-like recipes, and I avoid the use of cane sugar. I use palm sugar and local raw honey, which are both sustainable sweeteners, and are lower on the glycemic index than sugar. I also use half whole wheat flour and throw in some flax seed meal for increased fiber. Instead of pure canola oil, I use a vegetable oil blend formulated for high Omega-3 content. Finally, we are blessed with fresh local pecans this time of year (I LOVE pecans!), but this recipe would be equally delicious with chopped hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or walnuts.

This recipe makes a flavorful and very moist bread. Enjoy! Continue reading

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