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Saving Tomato Seeds

It is that time of the year now that gardeners ought to start saving seeds for next years garden. Saving seeds obviously saves you money, since you won't need to buy them again next year. But there are a couple of other good reasons to save your seeds. First, it is better for the environment. […]

Grandma’s Pumpkin Soup – A Halloween Tradition

One of my most cherished childhood memories is of pumpkin soup on Halloween. Every year my siblings and I carved the pumpkin after school on Halloween with my Grandmother. Then we scooped out as much of the pumpkin flesh as we could and made soup with it. The soup simmered for a couple of hours […]

Harvesting Pumpkin

Now that pumpkin harvesting time is upon us, I thought I'd pass along a few tips.

 

First, how to identify which pumpkins are ready for harvest. The pumpkins should be solid orange (unless you have a different colored variety, of course.) The skin should be hard and solid with no soft spots. The attached […]

A Great Recipe For Pumpkin Bread

This is the time of year when many of us gardeners are looking at 50 pounds or more of pumpkin and wondering what on earth we should do with all that pumpkin. Earlier in the week I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins that came from Toaster Oven Reviews, a site that I love. […]

A Great Use For Walnuts – Buttery Crescent Cookies

A friend of mine who lives further south than I do planted a walnut tree a few years back. I was visiting her recently and she had her first really big walnut harvest. I love cooking so she asked me for ideas on what to use all the walnuts for. That night we coated some […]

Use homegrown pumpkin to make whole grain muffins

I always grow pumpkin. It is easy to grow and doesn't need a lot of maintenance. But each vine produces a lot of pumpkins so I'm always looking for ways to use it. The other day I was shopping for a toaster oven (mine went kaput after many years of faithful service) and I noticed […]

Smoked Chicken Quarters with Garlic Scape Pesto

Too hot to cook inside today (90+ degrees!) So I marinated organic chicken quarters from a local farmer in lime juice, coconut oil, fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Then I smoked them with hickory wood for 2 hours. They were soooo good! A healthy dollap of my garlic scape pesto was the […]

Deep Dish Garden Pizza

Here is a picture of my whole wheat deep dish garden pizza. It's loaded with spinach from the garden and the sauce was made entirely from the garden except for salt and olive oil. The garlic, onion, herbs and of course tomatoes were all grown in my backyard. Instead of black pepper, I use […]

Eating with a Smile

Here is an example of how food can make you smile, even when you are 73. A surprise trip to the local ice cream parlor in the middle of winter did the trick!

Stock Cooked From Vegetable Scraps

Here is a picture of the stock I make out of vegetable scraps. Nothing is wasted in my kitchen. This particular batch was made with lots of horseradish skins, left over from Easter Borscht. I also added some chicken backs. It was quite delcious and a great base for soups, sauces and […]

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