Author Archives: Lou Murray, Ph.D.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.

How to Make Potato-Squash Pancakes with Lox

Wondering how to use that excess of summer squash? Here is a great idea. Put grated squash into potato pancakes. Here’s how I do it. RECIPE 2 eggs 1/4 C all purpose flour !/2 to 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp … Continue reading

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Growing a Garden is Fun!

Every year, I swear that this year’s garden will be my best. Usually that fails to materialize. Rats, squirrels, possums, birds, or the weather usually conspire to thwart my plans. This year, the stars seem to have aligned in my … Continue reading

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Making Scottish Bannock Bread

August 11. 2022 Good grief, has it really been three years since my last blog post? Yep. Pandemic, knee injury, recovery. While I was laid up, I watched a lot of a British TV series about archaeology called Time Team. … Continue reading

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How to cook with pumpkins

1 Nov 2019 Even though it is now November 1, it is still pumpkin season. And by pumpkin, I mean any winter squash. It breaks my heart to see all of those heirloom pumpkins at the grocery store used merely … Continue reading

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Harvest Monday August 12, 2019

I have been harvesting all year, at least a little bit, but I have not been playing Harvest Monday. That is where blogging gardeners post photos of their harvests, and usually list the poundage as well. I have found that … Continue reading

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Summer of 2019 and what a great garden

Every year I hope for a great garden. I tell myself each January that THIS year I’m going to grow my best garden ever. Well, this year’s garden is certainly a contender. I have three 3′ x 6′ raised beds … Continue reading

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Changes in America’s Food System

Just in the time that I have been alive, there have been major changes in how I obtain my food. Add in the experiences of my parents and grandparents’ generations, and we see profound changes. My mother was born in … Continue reading

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Back to blogging? Let’s hope!

I have been neglecting my blog. I finished radiation for breast cancer in early May and have been recovering ever since. My mammogram in August showed that I am still clear of cancer, so all should be smooth sailing from … Continue reading

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First day of the New Year, and happy gardening to us all in 2018

Sorry for the long absence. No, I’m not quite dead yet. My last post was in March, 2017, when I was trying to get over a number of physical challenges, including constant tiredness. Well, no wonder I was tired and … Continue reading

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My chicken surprised me

First, let me apologize for my absence. I got sick on December 28, a mere cold supposedly, but it laid me low for two months. And being old, I also had visits to my GP, urgent care, the ER, and … Continue reading

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