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7  Editorial:
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58  Lenie in the kitchen
Chicken in wine sauce

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Reflections on the murder of Kitty Genovese

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Cover 148
This issue’s cover was painted by Don Childers. The dog and the teenager get to cool off on a hot summer day, while Mom enjoys the view and has time to read a good book. Little sister picked blackberries for a sweet cobbler dessert, and hopefully the guys in the boat will get some nice fish for the family’s supper. Let the summer fun begin!


8  Saving money on the homestead
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

28  Homestead medical supplies
By Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.

32  Small camp security
By Gary Lewis

52  Reusables
By Patrice Lewis


16  Build a cold smoker
By Jane Duquette

Alternative energy

36  Solar-powered clothes dryer
By Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

Farm and garden

69  Uncommon fruit trees that are really worth growing
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

Food and recipes

20  Gluten-free flours
By Linda Gabris

41  Gluten-free sandwich bread
By Richard Blunt

60  Can your own tomato products
By James Kash

77  Homemade yogurt
By Sharon Cassano-Lochman