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LH 26: Interview with Erica Strauss of NW Edible Life

Welcome to Episode #26 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

This week I interview my good friend Erica Strauss of NW Edible Life.

She’s a blogger, mother, and homesteader living just north of Seattle, WA. 

And Erica ALSO has a brand new book that relates to us foodie, homesteader types.

And by “brand new”, I mean…it was just released a few days ago!

So on this week’s podcast, we’re chatting about:

The Hands on Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving and Natural Homekeeping.

The book is all about keeping a more productive home, kitchen and lifestyle through DIY projects. You save money, time and end up feeling good about what you do.

For this interview we focus on being efficient with the food we work so hard to grow ourselves or source locally.

Get a sneak peak into the book and learn:

  • Professional chef tips for saving flavor and money
  • Why you should get creative with food scraps
  • Two clever ideas to repurpose fruit peels
  • How kitchen prep can save you from “What’s for Dinner?” syndrome

And there are a couple bloopers after the closing music…Ha!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

The Hands-On Home Book – by Erica Strauss*

Modern Homesteading – The PBS episode of Growing A Greener World TV (#523) where I featured Erica as one of the modern homesteaders.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt – Podcast episode #2

NW Edible Life – Erica’s blog




Click here for the full transcript for Episode #26


For More About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

It’s like an audio “about” page for the podcast.


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The Giveaway:

I bought an extra copy of The Hands-On Home book to give away. But unfortunately, the giveaway is now closed.

You can still leave a comment – it just won’ t count toward the giveaway.

Just answer this question:

Which best describes you?

  • I’m a gardener who cooks
  • I’m a cook who gardens
  • I don’t garden or cook yet – but I want to learn
  • I’m not sure!

Honestly, you can leave any comment you like and I will count it toward the drawing.

Here are the giveaway details:

  • Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received.
  • Please only leave ONE comment per person
  • Giveaway closes 11:59 pm, October 8, 2015. (PST)
  • Any comments after that time will not be counted toward drawing.
  • I will randomly pick a winner from the comments and send that person an email letting them know. (Be sure that your email is correct when you fill out the comment form)
  • You must live in the United States or Canada to win. (Sorry)
  • If I do not hear from the winner within 5 days, a new winner will be picked.

Leave and comment below and good luck!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.