Why should you worry about your home water supply? Here’s why: Continue reading
Baking bread is a simple, satisfying way to connect with family members, share love and nourish others. Both my mom and my wife’s mom baked bread regularly. My wife carried on that tradition, and passed it to our now grown daughter, Lindsay. Continue reading
Hearthstone is the only stove company that uses a solid 1 ¼” thick soapstone panel for the walls and top (the actual body of the stove). This is important because soapstone has extraordinary heat retention and transfer properties…it works better than any other material used for woodstove construction. Continue reading
There is a big sign in our office with a picture of my dad. It says, in part, “We believe in offering products made in the United States wherever possible. When we offer imported items, we choose the best quality we can find.”
This is not just something we say to sound good. We spend time every day, sometimes hours every day, hunting down USA-made products.
I will make this claim and stand by it with confidence: We have more USA product in our store by any measure (percentage of units, percentage of dollars sold, percentage of inventory value) than any other hardware store you will visit.
But, now I’m worried that the words “USA-MADE” might be disappearing! Here’s the problem: Whole segments of American industry have been decimated by Chinese competition. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but for my wife and I, our canned food is one of our most valuable possessions. Many people can their garden produce for a cheap family source of food. That’s what we did for most of our lives. But, with our kids out of the house, our focus now is on quality. Continue reading
If you live in the country, you probably get your water from a drilled well in your basement or backyard. In most cases, the “well” looks like a steel or plastic pipe about 4″ to 5″ diameter that projects a few inches above ground and has a steel cap on it.
Depending on the depth of the well, there’s either an above-ground pump (often called a jet pump) or “deep well” submersible electric pump hidden in the well.
Either way, a power failure can leave you high and dry. Because well pump systems incorporate a storage tank (sometimes called a pressure tank), you may have a access to 20-30 gallons even without electricity. But, it’s astonishing how fast it runs out. And, how much you miss access to fresh water after it’s gone!
It’s doubly frustrating, because in many cases you can actually see the water in the bottom of the well. It’s just too far away to reach! Fortunately, we have two ways to solve the problem. Continue reading
Getting gorgeous tomatoes and peppers from your garden or the farm market? Here’s a quick and easy salsa recipe, along with an amazing way to take out all the work:
- 3 large tomatoes, quartered
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, seeds and veins removed, chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- fresh lime juice
- Run the tomatoes, peppers and onion through the Squeezo All-Metal Food Mill with the optional Pumpkin/Salsa screen.
- After you run the tomatoes, peppers and onion through the strainer, add the garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and cilantro to mixture and stir.
- Add salt and lime juice to taste.
- Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
- If you need more salsa (and you will) just double the recipe!