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Monday, May 31, 2010

In search of free mulberries

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:58 AM

If you can beat the birds to them, public mulberry trees—those growing in right-of-ways or whose branches extend into a public space—are one of the early summer pleasures of strolling near downtown Durham. There used to be a mulberry tree along Pettigrew Street near the Durham County Jail, but it is gone, likely a casualty of the railroad company’s zealous pruning along the tracks. Thankfully I found two other trees farther south, but still a stone’s throw from downtown. I nearly was bonked in the head by a berry that fell from a tree along Morehead Avenue just east...

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Mechelle McClendon's Sweet Potato Muffins and Bars

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Here's a recipe for gluten-free sweet potato muffins. 3 cups Pamela's Products Baking and Pancake Mix (contains dairy and almond meal)4 tablespoons softened butter2/3 cup honey or sugar2/3 cup milk (rice or plain soy milk are comparable substitutes) or 1/3 cup water1 egg or egg substitute (McClendon uses 4 oz of applesauce instead)1 teaspoon Gluten-free vanilla extract (optional)1 teaspoon cinnamon1 1/2 cups of peeled and finely shredded sweet potatoes2/3 cup of golden raisins or chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is dairy free) In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, honey, applesauce (egg), sweet potatoes, milk and vanilla on...

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Yummy, No-cheese Christopher Mac

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:53 AM

(This pasta looks orange and creamy, much like the real thing) 1 package Orecchiette pasta1 box of Birds Eye Butternut Squash puree1 stick Fleischmann's unsalted, dairy-free margarine1/2 cup plain Silk soy milk Salt to tasteLight coating of olive oil Boil, salt and drain the pasta. Coat lightly in olive oil. Defrost squash. Combine margarine, soy milk and salt in a sauce pan. Mix in defrosted squash. Fold in drained orechette pasta and salt to taste. To keep warm, boil one to two cups of water and pour into a thermos or food jar. Let it sit for five minutes. Pour...

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Macrissa Mac (allergen-friendly)

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:52 AM

1 package of pasta or rice of choiceOne package of Birds Eye Butternut Squash puree3/4 stick margarine1/2 cup Toffuti soy sour cream1 cup shredded Follow Your Heart Vegan soy mozzarella Olive oil to lightly coat pasta Boil, salt and drain pasta or rice. Lightly coat in olive oil. Defrost squash. Combine margarine, sour cream and cheese in a sauce pan. Melt the ingredients over low heat. The soy cheese will melt - it just takes a few minutes. Mix in squash. Fold in drained pasta or rice and salt to taste. To keep warm, boil one to two cups of...

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Allergen-friendly Banana Bread

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:50 AM

(Egg-, dairy-, wheat-, peanut- and tree nut-free) 2 cups white rice flour or gluten-free flour blend1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon ground cinnamon3/4 cup sugar2 eggs-worth of Energ-G replacer, beaten1 1/2 cup mashed, ripe bananas (about 5)1/2 cup purple puree (optional; make ahead and freeze. Recipe is here:www.thesneakychef.com/free_recipe_purple_puree.php)1/4 cup brown sugar1/2 cup canola oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw purple puree in a warm bowl of water. Grease bread pan with vegan margarine and reserve. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and then make a well in the center. Set aside. In a...

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Marysa Mac

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:49 AM

1 box safe macaroni-style noodles 1 stick safe margarine (Gavankar recommends Fleischmann's Unsalted dairy-free; found in most Harris Teeters))1/2 cup Tofutti soy sour cream1 cup Follow Your Heart Vegan soy mozzarella, shredded Boil, salt and drain pasta before coating lightly in olive oil. Combine margarine with soy sour cream and shredded mozzarella. Melt over low heat. Stir. The soy cheese will melt, but it takes a few minutes. Fold in the drained macaroni noodles and salt to taste. To keep warm, boil a cup of water and pour it into a thermos or food jar and let it sit for...

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Stephanie Smith's Portable Tofu Smoothie

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:49 AM

1/4 cup Nasoya silken tofu4 tablespoons So Delicious coconut yogurt1/2 cup soft fruit pureed (mango, papaya or banana works well) Place all of the ingredients in a mini food chopper and blend it for about 15-25 seconds until it is well blended and smooth, but a firm pudding consistency. It will look separated at first but give it a couple more pulses until everything is all one color. The end result is the consistency of a firm pudding and travels very well. You can also blend the fruit a bit before blending it all together. Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Smith...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Durham Central Market eyes vacant lot for store

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Durham Central Market announced today that it acquired an option to purchase a vacant lot for a new cooperatively owned grocery store at the southwest corner of Mangum and Broadway streets. The area is about two blocks north of Public Hardware and three blocks east of the Farmers' Market just north of downtown. The New York City-based TTP V, LLC, owns the property and 10 other lots in the area. According to county property records and maps, the assessed value of the .13-acre lot is about $30,000. Under the terms of the contract, Durham Central Market can purchase the...

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

More from Henside the Beltline

Posted By on Sat, May 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Amber NimocksOn Ridge Road, a chicken eyeballs the visitors.Lots and lots of people on the tour checking out the coops. As the day grows hotter, I notice how many of the back yard keepers ensure that their chickens stay cool by placing their coops in the shadiest part of the yard. Heat, it seems, is more troublesome for chickens in North Carolina than cold. Here are some more images from the tour:...

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On the Henside the Beltline Chicken Coop Tour

Posted By on Sat, May 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Amber NimocksLeah Perry's 5-year-old tells visitors about his chickens.I'm seeing a lot of fellow chicken fans on the Henside the Beltline Tour d'Coop this morning. The chicken keepers we've met so far have been fonts of information on how to keep the birds healthy and happy. Here's where we've been so far: At 411 Calvin I met Leah Perry. She told us about losing a couple of chickens to hawks before deciding to let her brood of Rhode Island Reds and Lace Winedots make friends with the family's two big dogs. It took a little getting-to-know-you time, but the dogs...

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