I think we lack two significant nutritional values in this world when it comes to food. Moderation and Education. Why might I put those two words as a what would appear on a label? Well it's simple really. We are all guilty of this, some more than others, me included here. One consumes more than they should at times. I personally feel that all the pogey bait (junk food for you civilians) makers in the world aren't as near as responsible for disease as are the people who put it in their mouth. It all boils down to CHOICES and knowing when to have this or that. Here's where education comes in. Sure eating 2-3 lbs of sugar is bad for you (that's a cup of sugar in a gallon of tea x 3 + Gal a week), not washing your food before you prepare it can have the same ill effects on your body causing you damage bacteria, pesticides and bugs I am certain cause more damage. 1/4 tsp of Bug-B-Gone anyone? What I am really saying is know what you are eating when you eat it. Teach your kids that what they do now in life will always catch up to them. Most processed foods are where you run into trouble, hydrogenated oil this, high fructose that. Are they cheap? Well of course they are because their ingredients are terrible. I am not implying that a 2 liter of soda is worse than the apple pie in the bakery. Just know your foods and what they do for you. Share with a friend and encourage each other with new fun recipes and ideas. Eat raw fruits and veggies a couple times a week for a start. Eating healthy can be expensive if you let it be but you can moderate that too if you know how to shop. Farmer's markets are wholesome but again may not be cheaper than the organic section of your grocer. Shop around and know what you are putting in you. I can't stress that enough. You don't have to cut out all sodas or fats or that pie.. just don't consume so much. Moderate and Educate. Teach yourselves to eat better and live better.. This ain't walmart.. health prices keep going up, not down.
Even a good knife will lose some of its sharpness with time. However, sharpening a knife is easy if you have the right tool and know how to use it. Listed below are different ways you can keep your knives sharp, cutting clean smooth cuts with every slice.
1. With a Sharpening Steel
Types of Sharpening Steels
Chromium-plated stainless steel
Sharpening steels with a chromium-plated, grooved surface deliver a fine re-sharpening result and are relatively immune to damages.
This is a specialty steel to hone Japanese Steel.
Sharpening steels with a diamond coating of the blade deliver a particularly fine re-sharpening result. The average life span is shorter, though, because the coating tends to wear off over time.
2. With a Wetstone
Types of Wetstones
How to sharpen knives properly :
A Diamond Sharpening Steel or a traditional Butchers Sharpening Steel is used to quickly true the edge of the knife and maintain a sharp edge. It does not sharpen but helps put a fine hone on a sharp blade.
1. Most stones are "whetstones" and they require a light coating of oil or water. Both oil and water help cut the steel and keep it cool during sharpening Japanese knives require using a very fine whetstone or ceramic sharpening steel (1000 grit or finer). These should be used with water maintain a 20 degree angle during sharpening. As the knife becomes sharp, gradually press lightly for a razor edge.
2. If the knife is very dull or damaged start with the rough side of the stone (or a Diamond Sharpening Steel).
If your knife is fairly sharp and in good condition you should use the fine side of the stone (or a Diamond Sharpening Steel).
3. Hold the blade of the knife at a constant 20 degree angle to the stone.
4. Make light even strokes, use the same number of strokes on each side of the blade and sharpen in one direction only. We prefer to cut a slice off the stone. Use the whole blade of the knife from heel to tip.
5. Do not over sharpen your knife.
6. Finish your knife with a dozen strokes on the sharpening steel (or diamond sharpening steel) again a constant 20 degree angle. Make light, even regular strokes on the steel alternating with both sides of the knife and steel . Use the steel often and you will rarely have to use a stone.
7. Test your knife on a piece of paper, it should easily cut ribbons.
8. Remember, Practice makes Perfect, you will gain experience practicing your knife sharpening and it will help you determine how much sharpening is needed to keep your knives sharp.
Here's what you will need.
10 lb bag of ice
lint free towel
freezer paper (or wax)
Gonna place how we do fresh sweet summer corn here in the moo cow town, to put up for winter:
Take fresh cut corn and shuck. Make sure you wash, then take dry towel and twist along the cob (this will help get rid of embedded silk). Get large pots of boiling water ready and lay you out a large towel next to sink on counter. You will need a bag of ice preferably and clean sink. Add cold water to sink and add ice. That water MUST stay cold. Drop as many ears of fresh corn that fits in your pot, boil for about one minute, then immediately remove with tongs and place in ice cold water in sink. This stops cooking process. Basically you are using a par boil method for freezing. When cool, remove corn and lay out on towel to dry good. You can't freeze it when wet, so you want to dry. With as much corn as we have, we stack in pyramids and let air dry all while rotating out ice water, boiling etc. Once dried, you can choose to cut off cob or keep on cob. I know some people say you can't freeze summer corn on cob well but you can and it tastes just as fresh when we picked it. I use an upside down bundt pan inside a large bowl to catch kernels once cut. Once cut, scoop what you want for family serving size and place in good freezer bags. Make sure air is out and seal. If on cob, you will want to wrap individual cobs in wax paper, then roll in saran wrap and tighten. Put those cobs in freezer bag. Pop all into freezer. I also do smaller sandwich bags or snack size for soups or chili, then place those smaller bags into large freezer bag. this way I have corn for anything. Make sure corn is good and fresh, none of that tough crap. When you pull hull back and gently press your finger into a kernel and it pops easily! Thats GOOOOOOD corn!! Now when you are ready to cook it, on cob you get pot and put cold water in it. Drop your frozen corn on cob, when that water comes to a rolling boil. Your corn is cooked perfectly! Same thing for cut off corn. I add butter and salt (always salt corn last as it will make your corn toughen up) and once hot, its done. ~ Kat
Many of us know how important family is in our healing process. Not just while we are in the hospital, but on through our recovery in life. I am reminded of what my son once said to a large crowd as he was put on the spot in front of a podium as everyone gathered to watch as a group of us wounded warriors graduated from the TRACK program at Wounded Warrior Project. When you want to be with someone you have to stay away from them for a while in order to truly see what you have. He had been in Japan for two years prior when he came to this realization. I had custody of him and when I was injured his mom got him back. as ugly as that seems that is our judicial system. I won't go into anymore, I just want to shed light on how brilliant my boy is and how much a child's love for you will endure through your troubles so long as you maintain vigilance and teach them that you are ok. Help them understand the issues instead of shielding them. When they are old enough to ask in my opinion is the appropriate time to tell them. He is now 12 and is in tune to what is going on, constantly asking if I am ok and if I am being taken care of. He even helps me cook. He's a great little ray of sunshine that is growing up all to fast. Hold onto your family and try to let them help you. They mean well and although discouraging as they may seem, they are really trying to help you see this thing through. Love them! Love your
I picked my first Serrano pepper yesterday off my plants. Did I eat it? No. I took it to my veteran neighbor's dad who was working hard on their yard and asked him if he'd like to have them. He said, "Son, I have many pepper varietals but this is one I'm not growing. thank you so much!" It is small moments like these that make what I do worth it. Im hoping soon to start penning a book of how small scale farming has helped me cope with my injuries. Be well and go put your hands in the dirt!
This is not about the local stop and rob that you pull into on a long trip and find cheese sticks that you bought only to get down the road and find them harder than a brick and soaked in grease. Nor is it about a stale riceball with day old fish in it. This all boils down to choices. We all make them whether we see them or not, good and bad. It's as simple as what to wear, how to tackle homework, or even when you should call a friend or relative. Life is difficult, be it finances or rearing a child, they all have their ups and downs. For a person with a combat injury their choices can be life threatening. You may think that person that proudly wears a campaign hat is a hero, and they are. What you may not realize is they have been in troubled waters. Combat changes you. Period. Some things are for better. Some for worse. I have been on the worse side before. I am here to tell you though those choices I made are in my past and I am thankful I have come to grips with this. I have wanted to give up. Sometimes I feel like I have failed. Well I will tell you that doing a few things and starving my fears have increased my happiness. One was to find a way around not taking medications. I am happier for doing so and have found new outlets to heal. Noone will be 100% and this battle will burn until the day I die. The key is finding your inner warrior. The strong persevering one that wouldn't give up the fight. Take him and march his little tail right into the winners circle. I started Warrior Chef because I believed it would help in the recovery and reintegration of our warriors. It helped me, so I could not be selfish. I had to share it. Sear off some short ribs, chop an onion and a carrot and simmer it in some beef stock for a couple hours. You will be amazed. Start with something simple and then when you don't think you can make a particular recipe because your brain hinders you, try it anyway. Failing is is an art in my eyes. Failing only lets you grow more knowledgeable. I bet the second, third, and fourth times you make a dish, it will only get better. Your confidence will grow and you will see the choices you have made are only for the better. So go get your combat spoons and have a firefight in the kitchen against some wholesome food. You won't be disappointed. Feed your dreams. Starve your fears.
Skydiving is probably the most exhilarating event I have done since I have been home. Talk about starve your fears.. This one is for my warriors. I encourage you to get our of your comfort zone. Do something you never dreamed of doing. If it's fun well do it again! When met with adversity, it must be met head on! The more you tell yourself you can't, well that's exactly what will come of it. Tell yourself you can and don't look back. There are still a lot of fun things that I would love to do. I haven't been skiing yet. Sometimes I am afraid if I fall, that I will rip my electrodes from my spine. On the other hand, I know that whatever event I am going to attend, the facilitators will make it as safe as they can. Scuba diving is one of the best things I have ever tackled. I haven't been since I was injured mind you, but I went to do it for one simple purpose. To starve my fear of drowning. when you take that first breath in the open ocean, it's quite a shock (in a good way). All the pool training in the world couldn't prepare for that moment. If anyone here in Texas, or if you come down to Texas, and want to go fishing with me then I am all for it. I just can't stress enough of how great it is to be outside, even if it is taking your dog for a walk to the mailbox. I am almost healed from my recent surgery and will be able to do more. The ups and downs of recovery are hard. Just because you are down doesn't mean you can't enjoy life. Get a fly tying kit (Bass Pro has free classes most saturdays), or a box of clay and make something for an art fair if there is one around. I did that during another painful time. Picture is below.
In all what I really want you to see is that if you challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone, great things can happen. If you are not a veteran and reading this, take some time out of your busy day and spend it with one of our heroes. You may not think it now, but taking a warrior fishing or just to lunch may be a very humbling experience for you both! Do it for yourself, do it for your life! Fight the good fight and never quit!
Like burns, amputations, and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries are considered by doctors to be a catastrophic injury. That is where the similarities end. The brain is the body's central processing unit if you will and controls what your whole body does. If you touch a hot surface or cut your finger, the nerves in your hand send a signal to your brain to tell you "that hurts". A Tbi Mild TBI — can result in daily headaches, agitated moods, or periods of sleeplessness. Nausea vomiting and dizziness also can occur. There are also a few symptoms that may blend with that of PTSD. If you have both of these injuries, it may be difficult to discern what is what. Some of those symptoms include cognitive impairments, irritability, fatigue, and depression. I hope this helps you understand a little more of what may be happening to you or your loved one. However, if you are a civilian though that knows no one close to you with this, it's a start to understanding what many of us go through on a daily basis. I hope this helped you as well. Many people outside the military, do not comprehend the magnitude of some of these injuries. It may cause you to stare, or say things that could hurt a warriors spirit. Learn all you can about this. The wars may be winding down, but at home they are just starting. Treatment does help to where we can stabilize or even suppress the injury to function somewhat better than we had before. What helps even more though is a friend or family member who is supportive. I caution you to know to whom you are talking with, and if possible to what extent they are injured. You wouldn't go to a job interview unprepared, so learn this to prepare yourself for that speaking engagement with a warrior in case you meet him or her. You can find out more on our Operation Reintegration page, as we have resources to help guide you. Also check out Living with PTSD and TBI blog from Kat. You may email her with any questions via her blogsite.
One of the great things about cooking is exploring new items that you have never had or may be reluctant to try. This weekend I got a chance to take off to a farmer's market to hopefully find new ideas on the cheap and to spread awareness of Warrior Chef to benefit you all! I hit the right resource here, because this coalition of farmers took to my idea like a hawk on a mouse. I met several great farmers and craftsmen who were eager to share with me their product and also help Warrior Chef grow to benefit more individuals! $20 was our spending limit. We purchased a dozen duck eggs first for $5. We needed eggs and said why not! It's a new item! I haven't had one and neither had Kari. I know they are higher in protein and fat. They also have a longer shelf life as their shells are thicker. We found a nut/fruit producer and purchased some semi dried strawberries with sugar for $3. A great snack! Next down the line was the honey stix straws for $2. I may try to cook with them! They honey guy hooked me up with the TX Dept of Agriculture program manager for grant funding. Not only will it afford money to fund our projects but they also want us to be a part of the Farmer's Market to do demos. On down the Line we bought 5 gargantuous carrots for 3$ and a couple sweet onions for $1. I also spoke to Rogers Boards (find them on fb) that has offered to make custom cutting boards for our organization. We hit the last stand and picked up sugary golden beets for $4. The leaves unlike that of bitter turnips are salty and pair well with a little butter and brown sugar. 9-1 Family Farms offered us vegetables for any event or need for Warrior Chef. I am very excited to have new partners supporting us! The weekend was a success and reminded me that we each need to find a way to take a load off and relax. I hope you will join me in starting a mini farm to