The exciting new discipline of Western Dressage lets riders of Western pleasure, work, or competitive horses enjoy the benefits of traditional dressage while using Western tack and attire. This book — the very first on the topic — offers 101 fun and effective exercises that will improve every Western horse’s suppleness, balance in movement, and responsiveness. Each exercise is presented with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and a full arena diagram, and exercises are organized by focus: softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability, and ground work. This book is the ultimate reference for this new sport.
From farm-fresh tomatoes, onions, and asparagus to blue corn, chile peppers, pumpkin, pinto beans, artisanal cheeses, and meats like bison, churro lamb, and oryx, New Mexico produces some of the best food in the world. Drawing from many of the state’s best chefs, farmers, and small food producers, Dave DeWitt offers 150 delectable recipes for every meal and every course, including Chipotle Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Blue Corn Pancakes, Calabacitas with Red Serranos, Southwest Asparagus Strata, Grape-Grilled Quail with Goat Cheese Rounds, Short Rib Chili, Slow Roast Breast of Lamb with Honey Cumin Glaze, Buffalo Green Chile Eggrolls, Pasilla Scones with Red Chile Honey, Broccoli and Mustard Soup, New Mexican Baklava, and Spicy Chocolate-Raspberry Muffins. DeWitt even includes beverage recipes, such as Craft Stout Michelada, Green Bean Bloody Mary, and Prickly Pear Margarita. Dishing Up® New Mexico is also a visual tour of New Mexico's food and drink scene, with beautiful photography of farms, inns, and more. Profiles of the people behind these enterprises, along with suggested itineraries for food lovers traveling the state, make this book an engaging read and a travel companion as well as a must-have cookbook.
As spinners, knitters, and weavers know, the characteristics of fleece — its structure, grease content, and fiber diameter — vary widely depending on the breed of sheep the fleece comes from. These factors are crucial when you're deciding how to spin your fleece and use your finished yarn. In this comprehensive reference, Beth Smith presents a thorough overview of 21 sheep breeds, including each breed's characteristics and history, a photo of the animal and its locks, the best methods for washing its fleece, and specific techniques for preparing, spinning, and finishing the fleece. You'll discover how to select the fleece that is best for your project and how to spin exactly the yarn you need.
With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabellas for your kitchen or for a small business. Beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.
Chef Bill Collins shows you how to make your own vinegars, including wine, apple cider, malt, white, and rice vinegars, and then flavor them with herbs for exactly the taste you want. He also offers recipes for cooking with your custom-made vinegars, creating everything from a basic Italian salad dressing to Asian cole slaw, sweet potato salad, pot stickers, lentil soup, caponata, sauerbraten, caprese sliders, pickles and chutneys, and even chocolate chip cookies.
This comprehensive guide shows you how to create a farm or garden habitat that will attract beneficial insects and thereby reduce crop damage from pests without the use of pesticides. Four experts from the Xerces Society, a world leader in conservation and environmental issues, discuss the ecology of native beneficial insects and show how you can conserve their presence on your land through conservation biocontrol -- recognizing these insects and their habitat, reducing pesticide use, protecting existing habitat, and providing new habitat. Specific solutions and strategies include creating native plant field borders, mass insectary plantings, hedgerows, cover crops, buffer strips, beetle banks, and brush piles. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for these projects and more are accompanied by stunning full-color photography.
Good knife skills are key to feeling confident and comfortable in the kitchen. Chef Bill Collins shows you how to choose knives that will feel good in the hand, and then he shows you exactly how to slice, chop, peel, bone, and dice with ease. The clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations also show you how to cut and carve seafood, poultry, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Includes information on using other sharp kitchen tools, including microplanes and graters, scissors, vegetable peelers, and mandolins.
Drying is a simple and easy way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and herbs. This comprehensive guide includes everything you need to know to get started, whether you are using a dehydrator, your own oven, or the sun. Expert Teresa Marrone thoroughly covers the basic techniques, all the way through storing and rehydrating your dried foods. From apples to watermelon, asparagus to zucchini, basil to beef, you'll find solid instructions that will ensure great results every time. Marrone also includes recipes for using your dried foods in a wide range of delicious dishes, from pies and cookies to stews and casseroles. There are even instructions for drying fresh pasta and making vegetable snack chips and baby-food purees.
Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuschia and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. Alice and Brian McGowan offer simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants, based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. You can easily overwinter most plants with few to no pest problems, simply by giving them the dormancy conditions they need. Includes a plant-by-plant guide for quick reference.
This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows you how to save seeds from 20 of the most popular vegetable garden plants, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. You'll learn how each plant is pollinated (key to determining how the seed should be saved), how to select the seeds to collect, and how to process and store collected seeds. Grow the varieties you love, year after year!