64 CHILI MANIA By Richard Blunt
Richard Blunt discusses the history of chili con carne, a dish invented by Texans that swept out of the Lone Star State to become one of America's great epic dishes. He concludes with a discussion of what makes a great chile—from the meat to the chilies themselves—then he offers three easy and tasty recipes you can try in your own kitchen.
28 Good homemade jerky By Charles Sanders
Ever wonder how to make your own tasty jerky? Here are three easy recipes along with complete directions so you can make it in your own dehydrator or even in your kitchen oven. Try these and you'll never look at store-bought jerky the same way again.
36 Integrated PV/roofing By Michael Hackleman
Michael Hackleman interviews Stephen Heckeroth on the benefits of applying amorphous PV technology to standing-seam metal roofing as an alternative to standard crystaline PV with its protruding solar panels. In this new technology, the solar collector is an integral part of the roof itself and is both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing
42 Radiant floor heating By Michael Hackleman
In this interview Hackleman and Heckeroth explore the advantages of radiant floor heating and contrast it ro to the forced air heating typically found in American homes.
49 Tune up your water system to save energy By Windy Dankoff
13 How high altitudes affect home canning By Marjorie Burris
16 Make a sure-fire live trap By Charles Sanders
Here are construction plans for a simple, anyone-can-build live trap to catch
garden pests, garbage can raiders, pet food filchers, and furry chicken thieves.
19 A tip from Alaska on making natural dogfood By David Sneed
30 The final act of self-reliance—caring for your own dead By Marcella Shaffer
32 Our old icehouse — one of our most valuable buildings By Marjorie Burris
Farm and Garden
8 Home dairying By Marcella Shaffer
60 Summer winds down in the garden By Alice Yeager
Remembering the old days
52 The summer of '35 By John Graesch