Liz Writes Life 2-3-2015

Feb. 3, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA Siskiyou County

Certainly didn’t expect a real rain (OK it was a heavy sprinkle in Callahan) out of this last bit of weather. But we are appreciative for what we can get. Unfortunately, folks in the Mid-West to the East Coast are still getting a good portion of our snow and our February temps are way too warm. Sure wish I would have planted onion starts last fall. A few onions that didn’t get dug are growing and the garlic is six-inches tall. My storage of onions is almost gone as there are only three white onions left. Fresh green onions would have been nice to use in February.
A nice staple to add to your food storage is rice and it can be drastically cheaper when you purchase it in bulk. I like Jasmine rice – white and brown. Remember, eating brown rice will fill you up sooner than white. Also white rice can store well for several years. Brown rice is much more prone to going rancid and needs to be stored in oxygen-free cans. I have had good luck storing it in the freezer, but I just found a clear-plastic bag of Jasmine brown rice on my storage shelf and it says 2011. Uh, oh. So I will cook some this week and report to you next week, if it was rancid.
Go ahead and cook up a big batch of rice of 3-6 cups depending on your family size and keep it in the refig to eat all week. Use it as regular rice the first meal, then stir fry it with an egg or two along with onions, mushrooms, carrots and celery and some Teriyaki sauce for an Oriental flavor. It is great in soup or as a base for chicken or beef casseroles. If there is enough left over at the end of the week, old-fashioned rice pudding is a tasty treat.
Growing up, my older brother liked cooked white rice as a snack with milk and sugar. It really is a good addition to our regular diet and meals.

Callahan fun
The Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Wine Tasting & Hors d’ oeuvres on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be wonderful music presented by Sarah Knox and Raquel Schenone and wines from Alpine Cellars, Carini Winery and Burnsini Vineyards. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at Callahan Emporium or at the South Fork Bakery in Etna. This is a fundraiser for the Grange. Last year, the Grange decided to try something different and found folks really enjoyed the afternoon of classy wine tasting with a strong influence of “Callahan!” So they are giving it a go again this year. For more info call 467-3093.
Fire recovery
I attended the Westside Fire Recovery Open House held by the Klamath National Forest on Saturday in Fort Jones. They have four alternatives addressing the salvage and recovery from the fires in Western Siskiyou County last summer. As part of the NEPA process, KNF is expected to share this info with the public. Once again, I told the KNF employee that the Forests must be thinned using logging and that extensive salvage needs to be done.
It is good, in this instance, that the State of California is much better at removing burned trees for salvage logging. With such little snow this winter, loggers have been able to get the equipment and trucks in to remove the trees on non-Forest Service managed ground. It is good to see loaded logging trucks going by my house with the blackened logs.
The Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting was well attended. We will support the Jenner Ranch in its stand against NOAA Fisheries. Although, the Jenners have the needed permits and met California regulations, the feds still brought a lawsuit against the family ranch claiming ESA-listed coho salmon may have been affected. This is an important issue as we believe the feds are trying to diminish our property rights and that over-regulations are destroying the right to do business.
A number of folks plan to drive to Redding, where the case will be heard in the Federal District Court – not the Shasta County Superior Court. So far, we have not heard when the court date is, but it is expected to be sometime this month.
Erin Ryan, field representative from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, shared recent info about the Omnibus Bill, where some good bills did get through. She said the Army Corp of Engineers didn’t get funds to sue farmers over the ponds and water issue and the Sage grouse was not listed to the ESA because of the lack of monies. One of the biggest cuts in funding was to the EPA, the dreaded Environmental Protection Agency – for the 5th year in a row. Hooray!
I am out-of-space for this week, so will get to more from the POW meeting in next week’s column.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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