Until about two years ago, I never had much time to cook. I always enjoyed it, but because I was a Mom, Wife, and an Air Force Officer and then a Mom, Wife, and a Business Executive, I just never seemed to have the time to do much outside of the holiday meals. Since I stepped back from the hamster wheel and slowed down a bit, I’ve gotten into cooking and am having a great deal of fun with it.
As part of my cooking re-birth, I’m also paying a great deal of attention to what my husband and I are eating. We have a large garden this summer with corn, green beans, lima beans, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, asparagus, melons, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. I also have an herb garden with oregano, basil, cilantro, dill, thyme, parsley, and chives.
I tell you this, not to brag, but to say it can be done! I had never grown a garden until we moved here, so started slow with only a small plot and experimented. We grew tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash the first year. They did pretty well, so we expanded the next year, adding more tomatoes and peppers. This is the first year for corn, beans, and potatoes. This also the first year I am doing any canning with our vegetables.
The reason I am trying my hand at canning is because we want to start trying to eat as organically as we can and when I can the food from our garden, we know exactly what is in it. We use no pesticides or fertilizers, only good old cow-fertilized dirt, sunshine, and rain. The green beans picked fresh from the garden taste just like rain, I swear!
One of the reasons we decided to go as organic as we can is the failure of our U.S. Senate to pass the GMO Labeling Bill this past May. What, you may ask is the GMO Labeling Bill? This legislation would have allowed the states to pass legislation making it mandatory for foods which contained genetically modified organisms to be labeled as such. Right now if a state (and there are a few) pass such laws, the companies of which Monsanto is the giant, can sue the states for doing so. This bill would have protected the states. Currently, the United States does not required our foods to be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), so we have no way of knowing if we’re eating genetically modified foods. And, while there is a process for approving the safety and release of GMOs to the public, the approval of both the safety and the release of any GMO lies with the MANUFACTURER of the GMO!!! Now doesn’t that just make a world of sense?? So, like I said in the first place, my husband and I are trying to go organic and eat what we grow to the maximum extent possible. So far this year, I’ve canned green beans and blackberry/wild wineberry preserves. I’m turning into Little Suzy Homemaker 🙂 Let me know if you’d like my recipes, my husband says the preserves are good! Take care, fellow Boomers and remember to Live Out Loud!!