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Green Tomatoes or Bust: How to Ripen & When to Eat

Wondering how to ripen green tomatoes and when to eat them? Here are some of my best tips for making the most of your...

Preserving Herbs: Make Your Own Herb Infused Vinegar

Have fun with your harvest -- and don't let a single leaf (or flower) go to waste. Make your own herb-infused vinegar to preserve...

Winter Harvest Stew with Carrot & Apple

This winter harvest stew with carrot and apple is a new family favorite. It’s really a stoup...

From Seed to Plate: Radishes for Every Garden

Grow radishes from seed to plate for the easiest and rewarding garden. Radishes may not be as stylish as other, more celebrated kitchen garden crops...

Purple Peach & Blackberry Pie

What happens when you pair purple peaches and blackberries in pie? Only the most amazing mouthful of summer. Dare you ask what’s a purple peach? We...

DIY Cocktail Herb Garden: Scented Geranium + Recipes

Looking for something new to plant in your summer garden? Add scented geraniums to the list. They're worth every square inch of earth they occupy...

Cooking with Edible Flowers: Garden Fresh Summer Rolls & More

Looking for simple, easy ways to cook with edible flowers? I have a few, all-time favorite recipes and tops on the list are summer rolls....

Rose Hip Jelly

All rose hips are edible and nutritious (offering one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C) but, as with any fruit, some taste...

Mom’s Brown Stew

  Fall is here and so too is my mom’s brown stew. The seasons are like that, reminding me of foods I may not have...

What To Do With a Bumper Crop

  When it’s time to plant spring veggies, I do so with visions of summer bumper crops. At least with crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and...

How to Make a Cold Processed Fruit Shrub

  One of my latest obsessions are cold brewed shrubs. What’s a shrub? Only the most unlikely and equally as wonderful combination of fresh fruit,...

Mulled Wine: Winter Comfort at its Best

  This is not a recipe straight from the garden but it does define the season. Warm, rich flavors with a hint of sweet and...

Crunchy, Quick Pickled Spicy Green Beans

  Green beans straight off the vine are hands-down the best way to eat them. Only after you’ve had your fill is it time to...

Pickled Beets 3 Ways

  Tom Robbins wrote in his book, Jitterbug Perfume, “Breathe properly. Stay Curious. And eat your beets.” If this is a recipe for a happy life,...

Summer Forage: How to Make Elder Flower Cordial

  If you are what you eat, I'll take flowers please! I've had elder flower cordial on my mind since last summer. The thought of buying...

Container Garden Carrots from Seed to Plate

  Behind every carrot is a carrot lover. If that's not you, well maybe you haven't had the luck to eat one that's homegrown?  Warming weather...

Healthy Living: 3 Chai Tea Recipes for Any Season

  A hot drink of something is always good no matter the season. Tea is no exception, particularly tea laden with healing herbs. In fact,...

The Truth About Turnips: Recipes & Growing Tips

  Turnips. The often forgotten sibling of its more esteemed family members, mizuna, bok choy, Napa cabbage and tatsoi along with a handful of others....

Fall Forage: Cooking with Pomegranates

    When isn’t it a good time to think about food and flowers? And this time of year, with the anticipation of a Thanksgiving meal...

Harvesting Pumpkins: Maple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

          We peeled off the highway, leaving bumper to bumper traffic for the quiet risk of side roads, and found this pumpkin patch. It was...
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