Harvest Eating Podcast
The Harvest Eating podcast is devoted to sharing my love of food, family and much more. I talk about recipes, cooking methods, different dietary regimens I have tried.

On todays' episode I step outside and sit on the dock by the pond and record outdoors. It will be almost 70 here in Asheville so spring gardening is on my mind and that is what we wil cover today. We'll talk about soil preparation and testing, composting basics, seed selection and a touch about cooking your produce.

Direct download: 074-Get_Ready_For_The_Spring_Garden.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

A CSA-Community Supported Agriculture-Is the perfect source for local foods in your community. Joining a CSA allows you to take part in the local harvest of a small family farm. Fresh, produce is healthy and delicious and fun to cook with, best of all it's purchase supports family farms.

Direct download: 073-What_Are_The_Benefits_Of_Joining_A_CSA__.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

Seafood is a tricky subject for most people. Cooking seafood, buying seafood and how to store seafood properly can present many challenges for seafood lovers. In this episode I discuss seafood in it's many forms and talk about farm-raised salmon and tilapia and well as wild caught fish like salmon and others too.

Direct download: 072-All_About_Seafood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

What can I say...bacon is great stuff. Most of us love bacon, the smell, taste, culinary versatility and usefulness. But understanding exactly how bacon is made, where the pork comes from how it's harvested etc. is an important thing to know. I will discuss CAFO's --factory farms and also free-range pork operations and what a pig should be eating. Also give some sources for buying really nice free-range pork products, including bacon.

Direct download: 071-All_About_Bacon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

Let's discuss a meaty subject-ground beef. I grind beef at home often and let you know the process I use to take different beef cuts and make them ready for storage and later use. With pink slime being added to most ground meat this is something we all should be doing to avoid big corporate food.

Direct download: 070-Grind_Your_Own_Beef-The_Pros__Cons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16am EDT

Potatoes are a cinch to grow, super versatile in the kitchen and also very very healthy...and cheap too!! We'll discuss how to grow them, harvest and store them as well as touch on a few ways to cook them. For a prepper, potatoes are almost a perfect crop.

Direct download: 069-Potatoes_Are_A_Great_Survival_And_Culinary_Crop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

In this episode I take a listeners suggestion and cover some basic cooking techniques we all need to use for basic or even advanced cooking. Sauté, braise, roast, bake, steam, broil pan fry etc. These are all terms we hear often but usually do not get much background information about. I try to tackle these topics in a simple way with detailed descriptions in order to help you cook better.

Direct download: 068-Cooking_Techniques_Primer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

In this episode I talk specifically about setting the stage for a nice Valentines dinner menu for your loved ones. With a little attention to detail, anyone can create a wonderful culinary experience for their Valentine. My simple 3 course menu features hearts of romaine with cilantro vinaigrette, seared jumbo shrimp with tomato tequilla butter, and honey lime sweet potatoes. Dinner is followed up with 3 choices for dessert. 

Direct download: 067-Valentines_Day_Menu_Ideas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

I have come to love dark leafy greens. With their slight bitter and rich green flavor they are versatile to cook with, and excellent to eat. Of course they are loaded with health benefits; high amounts of antioxidants plus vitamins A, K and plenty of calcium too. Not many foods are this easy to grow, this fun to cook with and this good for you. If you do not grow and cook greens your missing out on a great culinary pleasure.

Direct download: 066-Eat_Your_Greens-All_About_Dark_Leafy_Greens_And_Why_I_love_Them.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

The sad fact is that getting a good sausage is becoming much harder. The supermarket is pretty much devoid of real sausage. Instead big food companies produce and market phony tube steaks masking as real homemade sausage...the kind we all love. In places like the upper mid-west getting a good brat is a religion. But if you do not have a local butcher or artisan making them you're stuck buying big brand junk. The good news is there are many new butcher shops and artisans that are bringing this craft back. These are the places we should support in order to get our hands on the real deal.

Direct download: 065-Where_Did_The_Real_Sausages_Go_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

I have a fond appreciation for good bread. Whether a long crispy baguette from a small bakery in the countryside  in Burgundy France or right from my own kitchen. Good bread is within  the reach of all of use, no matter our location or economic circumstances. The ingredients and equipment needed for bread are easy to find and usually inexpensive. Learning to make good bread is a skill that will pay dividends your whole life.

Direct download: 064-The_Bread_Of_Life-Thoughts_And_Memories_Of_Real_Bread.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

Many people are under the impression that fruit juice is healthy, it certainly can be in some circumstances, IE; fresh squeezed,  but most bottled juices are not at all healthy, especially for kids. The marketing and labeling laws are very deceptive and most parents think they are giving their kids healthy liquids, the truth is the opposite. This is one of the reasons type 2 diabetes is on the rise so fast. Kids are bombarded with high fructose drinks from a young age eventually wearing out their insulin system.

Direct download: 063-Is_Juice_Killing_Your_Kids_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

In this episode I take you through the process to cook a steak properly. Everything from marination, to cooking to slicing and even how to make a tasty pan sauce or gravy. I also talk about how steak gets graded by the USDA and how to cook grass-fed beef properly as well.

Direct download: 062-Cooking_The_Perfect_Steak.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06am EDT