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May 6, 2021 A Farmer Chef’s New Perspectives on Vegetables, Jean Senebier, Alexander von Humboldt, Gardener Philosophers, Eating from the Ground Up by Alana Chernila, and the 1917 Raisin Day Parade

The Daily Gardener

Today we celebrate the botanist who discovered the function of leaves. We'll also learn about a visionary German naturalist and polymath who recognized the power and complexity of nature as he explored Central and South America. We hear an excerpt about the power of gardening to turn a gardener into a philosopher. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about the best way - the very best way - to cook vegetables from the garden. This is a cookbook that teaches how to make individual vegetables shine - and it’s a cookbook every vegetable gardener should have in their kitchen. And then we’ll wrap things up with a fun little story about the winning entry at the 1917 Raisin Day Parade. Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart To listen to the show while you're at home, just ask Alexa or Google to “Play the latest episode of The Daily Gardener Podcast.” And she will. It's just that easy. The Daily Gardener Friday Newsletter Sign up for the FREE Friday Newsletter featuring: A personal update from me Garden-related items for your calendar The Grow That Garden Library™ featured books for the week Gardener gift ideas Garden-inspired recipes Exclusive updates regarding the show Plus, each week, one lucky subscriber wins a book from the Grow That Garden Library™ bookshelf. Gardener Greetings Send your garden pics, stories, birthday wishes, and so forth to Jennifer@theDailyGardener.org Curated News A farmer to chef reveals his deep vegetable knowledge | Agrinews | Mark Kennedy Facebook Group If you'd like to check out my curated news articles and original blog posts for yourself, you're in luck. I share all of it with the Listener Community in the Free Facebook Group - The Daily Gardener Community. So, there’s no need to take notes or search for links. The next time you're on Facebook, search for Daily Gardener Community, where you’d search for a friend... and request to join. I'd love to meet you in the group. Important Events May 6, 1742 Today is the birthday of Jean Senebier, a Swiss pastor and botanist. Where would we be without Senebier? Still breathing... but lacking the knowledge that carbon dioxide is consumed by plants and, in turn, that plants produce oxygen as part of the process of photosynthesis. In a nutshell, Senebier’s work is crucial because he had learned the function of leaves: capturing carbon for food. Before Senebier, the purpose of leaves and what they did for plants and people was unknown. It was Jean Senebier who said, "Observation and experiment are two sisters who help each other." May 6, 1859 Today is the anniversary of the death of the naturalist and botanist Alexander Von Humboldt. He was 89 years old. When it came to his expeditions, Alexander didn't travel alone. In 1799, Alexander was accompanied by the French botanist Aimé Bonplant. In 1806, Friedrich Georg Weitsch painted his portrait; two years after he returned from his five-year research trip through Central and South America. Friedrich painted a romantic, idealized vista of Ecuador as the setting for Alexander's painting. Alexander had climbed the Chimborazo Mountain in Ecuador, believed at the time to be the highest mountain in the world, so perhaps Friedrich imaged Alexander viewing the landscape from Chimborazo. Surrounded by a jungle paradise, a large palm shades Alexander's resting spot. In the painting, a very handsome Alexander is seated on a large boulder; his top hat is resting upside down on the boulder behind him. Friedrich shows the 37-year-old Alexander wearing a puffy shirt that would make Seinfeld jealous, a pinkish-orange vest, and tan breeches. In Alexander’s lap, he holds open the large leather-bound Flora he is working on, and in his right hand, he has a specimen of "Rhexia speciosa" (aka Meriania speciosa). A large barometer leans against the boulder in the lower-left corner of the painting. It symbolized Alexander’s principle of measuring environmental data while collecting and describing plants. King Ferdinand was so pleased with the portrait that he hung it in the Berlin Palace. that he ordered two more paintings to be made featuring Alexander's time in the Americas. Alexander was a polymath; he made contributions across many of the sciences. He made a safety lamp for miners. He discovered the Peru Current (aka the Humboldt Current. He believed South America and Africa had been joined together geographically at one time. He named the "torrid zone,"; the area of the earth near the equator. Apropos the area he was exploring, torrid means hot, blistering, scorching. He went to Russia, and it was there that he predicted the location of the first Russian diamond deposits. Alexander was also a pragmatist. It was the Great Alexandre Von Humboldt who said: "Spend for your table less than you can afford, for your house rent just what you can afford, and for your dress more than you can afford." Alexander developed his own theory for the web of life. Humboldt wrote: "The aims I strive for are an understanding of nature as a whole, proof of the working together of all the species of nature."  In 1803, in Mexico, he wrote, "Everything is Interaction.” Unearthed Words “Lilacs on a bush are better than orchids. And dandelions and devil grass are better! Why? Because they bend you over and turn you away from all the people in the town for a little while and sweat you and get you down where you remember you got a nose again. And when you’re all to yourself that way, you’re really proud of yourself for a little while; you get to thinking things through, alone. Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, Plato in the peonies, Socrates force-growing his own hemlock. A man toting a sack of blood manure across his lawn is kin to Atlas letting the world spin easy on his shoulder.” ― Ray Bradbury, American author and screenwriter, Dandelion Wine Grow That Garden Library Eating from the Ground Up by Alana Chernila This book came out in 2018, and the subtitle is Recipes for Simple, Perfect Vegetables: A Cookbook. In this book, Alana says, “Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.” Alana divides her cookbook into these key sections: Barely Recipes (Recipes that let the vegetables shine), A Pot of Soup, Too Hot To Cook, Warmth, and Comfort, and Celebrations and Other Excuses to Eat With Your Hands. Alana’s cookbook was inspired by the question, “But what’s the best way to eat a radish?” Alana was at a booth at the farmer’s market. “One side of the table held a tower of radish bunches, and the other, a basket of bagged baby arugula. When my first customer held a bunch of radishes and asked me for direction, I did my best to answer. “Throw them into a salad? Slice them up and dip them in hummus?” Not enamored with her lackluster response, Alana went home and experimented. “Next Saturday, when someone asked me my favorite way to eat a radish, I was ready. “Make radish butter! Chop them up fine and fold them into soft butter with some crunch salt, parsley, and a little lemon juice.” I think the whole town at radish butter that week. Each week that first summer, I’d take vegetables home from one mark to prepare for the next, studying up for the following week’s questions. The result was this cookbook. Isn’t that fantastic?! This book is 272 pages of vegetable mastery in the kitchen. You can get a copy of Eating from the Ground Up by Alana Chernila  and support the show using the Amazon Link in today's Show Notes for around $5 Today’s Botanic Spark Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart May 6, 1917 On this day, The Fresno Morning Republican shared a full-page story about the raisin industry. The Raisin Day parade had been held the previous week. The winning entry was a series of five floats that told the story 40-year-old raisin industry. Here’s an excerpt: The first float showed the pioneer and his family after their Journey from the east to the fertile valley of the San Joaquin. The pioneer's vision was portrayed by a float in advance. Then came the realization of his vision with the little home and the raisin grapevines. But there was no organization, no cooperative marketing, and each grower sold his crop to the packer or marketed his crop. Disaster came, and the third float denoted poverty. The vineyard was mortgaged and sold by the sheriff. The fourth float portrayed prosperity. The businessman, grower, and laborer were linked together for better conditions.  The fifth float denoted the result of the cooperation and wealth to the vineyardist. The original Sun-Maid [Raisin Girl] Miss Lorraine Collett was on this float. Thanks for listening to The Daily Gardener. And remember: "For a happy, healthy life, garden every day."


6 May 2021

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S2E1: Alana Chernila

Hungry for Words

Before you listen to this podcast, please know I have a confession. I have long been a fan of Eating from the Ground Up, the no-nonsense love-your-garden blog by Alana Chernilla. I was happy to host her in my kitchen (back when you could do that sort of thing). Her first book, The Homemade Pantry, was an instant classic. I admit, I’ve made about half the recipes; my husband, Mike, loves the from-scratch pop tarts. Since then, she has followed with two more books, The Homemade Kitchen and Eating from the Ground Up. (All Clarkson Potter) We covered a lot of ground (pun intended), including an inspirational chat about why home cooks should be kind to themselves. She also shared some great tips for using up kitchen scraps you might otherwise throw away. In these days when so many people are cooking – and perhaps tired of it – I found her message particularly encouraging. As always, I made a recipe from one of her books to snack on while we chatted. I have made many recipes from her books, so choosing one was a challenge. Yet another batch of homemade pop tarts? Or the from-scratch goldfish crackers that I have made at 1 a.m. while on a writing binge? The easy yet addictive roasted potato salad? I the end, I chose dill popovers from The Homemade Kitchen. My choice, in part, stems from my ongoing adoration for the late satirist Dorothy Parker. Popovers were a fixture of the famed boozy lunches at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. (Read more about that here.) Get the recipe from this show, dill popovers, at kathleenflinn.comSpecial Guest: Alana Chernila.


3 Oct 2020

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LH 154: The Homemade Kitchen with Alana Chernila

Living Homegrown Podcast with Theresa Loe

LH 154: Big flavor in a waste free kitchen You asked for it, so host Theresa Loe brought back author Alana Chernila for another episode! This time, they chat about getting the very best flavors from our produce and how to use left over scraps so that nothing from our garden goes to waste! They also talk about caring for our wooden kitchen tools and Alana shares a recipe for making a special cream (wood butter) that will help our wooden spoons last for a lifetime.   You will learn: How to get the last bit of flavor from our produce The trick to making the very best soup stock Why strawberry hulls can be used in beverages How to reduce waste in the kitchen What is spoon butter Why caring for our kitchen tools can make all the difference What are the life lessons we can learn from cooking real food Tips for slowing down to savor the day And more… As always, you can learn more, get ALL the links mentioned, and download a print out of the Wood Butter recipe at: www.LivingHomegrown.com and also get a full transcript of the episode.  This episode was brought to you by Theresa's membership: The Living Homegrown Institute where you get access to a whole library of classes that help you live farm fresh without the farm. To learn more go to www.LivingHomegrown.com/PATH


28 Jul 2018

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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 4 – Alana Chernila Vegetable Cookbook


The vegetable garden is starting to provide in earnest. But before we all dish out the same old side of steamed broccoli or green beans or kale every night from here to the first freeze, it’s time to get some... Read More ›


2 Jun 2018

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Alana Chernila and Dr. Clare Bush

Fearless Fabulous You

Food writer Alana Chernila (EatingFromtheGroundup.com) shares her kitchen wisdom for cooking with pleasure, being smarter about using scraps and deciphering product labels from her new book, The Homemade Kitchen. Pediatrician Dr. Claire Bush (Columbia Univ. Medical Center) discusses how to avoid head lice, which affects 6 million-12 million schoolchildren under age 11, taking precautions to avoid other commonly transmittable viruses passed from child to parent, and why vaccinations matter.This show is broadcast live on W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Network (www.w4wn.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).


1 Oct 2015

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Alana Chernila "The Homemade Kitchen" Talks Recipes For Cooking With Pleasure


Alana Chernila is mostly a cookbook author, but also a dinner wrangler, mother to two girls, wife to an artistic preschool teacher, farmers’ market worker, a writer, a teacher of all things yogurt, and an undercover Berkshires ambassador.Agraduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, which means she knows a little ancient Greek and Quantum Theory, but also that she craves green chile nearly every day of the year.Author of two books: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making, and The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking With Pleasure. She has written for Martha Stewart Living magazine, Taproot, Food52.com, and many other online and print periodicals. http://eatingfromthegroundup.com


1 Oct 2015

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Plenty #2 — Berkshires Author Alana Chernila Launches “The Homemade Kitchen”


Practical guiding principles point to cooking and eating habits that make sense for families. Alana Chernila has been piecing together a philosophy about food at least as early as becoming a mom. Her first contacts with preparing meals, often with vegetables she helped raise, goes back to her own childhood. Through writing about her journey in the culinary realm, Alana has crystallized her experiences interacting with ingredients into some common sense grains of kitchen wisdom. With “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure,” (Clarkson Potter, 2015) these precepts are offered to help the entire process of food preparation and enjoying simpler and, well, more pleasurable.… The post Plenty #2 — Berkshires Author Alana Chernila Launches “The Homemade Kitchen” appeared first on The Greylock Glass.


18 Sep 2015