Do you believe that we are headed for trouble? Our economy is down the toilet, and unlike the days of our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents (insert the one that works best for you), most of us do not have food set by. We no longer grow produce and store it for the winter. When our current society is set in the moment, what happens when it all falls out? It's a scary thought. The fact that milk and gas cost about the same per gallon, dry milk is as expensive as fresh, and few of us know how to make do with less of both.
Dana and I plan to have a bigger vegetable garden this year. My 11 tomato plants were not enough last year. I'm also planning watermelon, green peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, herbs, corn... Essentially if I can get it started and growing, it will be going in our front garden, the side of the house, and in pots in the front (can't plant in front of Mo's window due to foundation issues and buried ferrets). I was especially excited Monday night to discover this recipe: It's my Grandma Sarah's Green Tomato Relish. I love this stuff. We'd eat it all the time in the winter (remember when people ate by the season?) as a side dish. Now I need a pressure canner and some knowledge so I can make this too.
I like to be prepared. Having enough of what we need to get by, means that we're ready for what life has to throw at us. Whatever that may be.
Note: the recipe was written on the back of a plain paper calendar. Almost every scrap in her cookbook is a re-use of paper. Now that's a skill we should all use.