• Josh Flint

    E85 Is Too Expensive (in the Metro-East)

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 23, 2013

    I’ve driven nearly 1,500 miles in the past two weeks. To make two winding trips around the state of Illinois, I rented a Ford Focus. Since my personal car is a Nissan, I was excited about taking full advantage of the Flex Fuel component that comes with Ford automobiles. Only one of the fuel stations along my travels offered E85. It was a station just a couple miles from my house. Since I was filling the car up before I returned it, I didn’t get a chance to see what sort…

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    Fresh Local Food? Not So Much

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 16, 2013

    Yesterday, my wife reminded me that a “farmer” would be coming by to deliver us a box of fresh, local produce. A “What?” “Remember, I told you…” type of conversation ensued. If you’re married, you probably have these daily. Anyhow, she reminded me that she joined some coworkers and purchased a food allotment from a local farmer’s market. It was a one-time thing – not a community supported agriculture deal. To say the…

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    An Easy Sweet Corn Casserole Recipe the Family Will Love

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 5, 2013

    Sweet corn is one of the best parts of summer. When we lived in Decatur, sweet corn was abundant and delicious. Now that we’re in St. Clair County, it’s a bit harder to come by fresh-picked ears. So, when Erie farmer Paul Young offered me several ears last week, I graciously accepted. He really loaded me up. Typically, we soak the ears in water for about an hour, and then toss them on the grill. Once the husks are black, we peel them back and add butter and salt. It’s…

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