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Cilantro Substitutes or Similars

Cilantro Substitutes or Similars

This year we are celebrating Cilantro & Coriander as Herb of the Year for 2017. This herb has a very distinct flavor—there are a number of plants that have many of the same chemical constituents as Coriandrum sativum and sort of mimic the flavor --these herbs are culantro, papaloquelite, pipicha and Vietnamese coriander.

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Grow a Special Squash Next Season

Grow a Special Squash Next Season

Why grow an ordinary summer squash when you can grow something extra-special--like a cucuzza?

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Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just in time to make a delicious hearty soup and use up the last of the garden harvest of summer tomatoes. Make this soup soon--you will be glad that you did!

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Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico

Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico

Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal Feast and two days of inspiring educational programs featuring Mexico, the countries on the Isthmus of Central America and the many islands in the Caribbean. Read about all of the fun that we had.

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Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition

Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition

Vegetable marrows aren’t your typical summer squash. These giant vegetables are gaining ground at vegetable competitions and can weigh more than 100 pounds.

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Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas

Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas

Vegetable gardeners can put their hobby to good use by ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by October 6. All the proceeds from online seed sales will be used to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and beyond.

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Hop Happy

Hop Happy

We had a pre- and post-conference tour for the IHA conference and both were fun and action-packed. However the post conference tour to visit hop farms and breweries was a daylong sensory experience that I won't forget.

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Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan

Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan

On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss.

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Be a Summer Tomato Saver

Be a Summer Tomato Saver

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The calendar may say it’s autumn, but the tomato vines are still pumping out beautiful fruits. What a delicious problem to have! Here are four ways to preserve tomatoes to savor over winter.

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Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

Fall is an unusual time for a new gardening catalog to appear in the mail, but timing is everything. The first catalog from the folks at Harvesting History includes more than two dozen varieties of garlic for fall planting.

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Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich.

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International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, an amazing number of beautiful old trees, a bird sanctuary, the Manor House and more.

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3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs

3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs

Cooler nighttime temperatures mean the end is near to another vegetable gardening season. Instead of letting those beautiful culinary herbs go to seed, take a few minutes to snip and save them for winter.

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Weird Vegetables and Funny Fruits are Garden Contest Winners

Weird Vegetables and Funny Fruits are Garden Contest Winners

A perfect tomato is a thing of beauty, but a weird tomato is much more fun! The annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest is your chance at vegetable gardening fame for those kooky carrots, oddball eggplants and other crazy produce from your vegetable garden.

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Chile Pepper Season: Heres a Trio to Try

Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try

Being a confessed chilehead, I have grown many varieties for over 40 years. Here are a few that might be new to you, that I think are worthwhile growing.

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Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs

Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs

Although the most popular herb to pair with tomatoes is basil, no contender, many other seasonal herbs combine well with these beloved juicy fruits. Besides other herb ideas, here is a tasty recipe for tomatoes with arugula and garlic chives.

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Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas

Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas

Vegetable gardeners love to make fun of their abundant zucchini harvests, but they plant and grow them anyway. These delicious summer squashes have a delicate flavor that’s perfect for garden-fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners and dessert.

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5 Easy Ideas for Preserving Peppers

5 Easy Ideas for Preserving Peppers

Get them while they're hot! It's time for vegetable gardeners to get busy picking and preserving their peppers. Here are some simple ways for saving the harvest to enjoy this winter.

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Summer Vegetable Garden Surprises

Summer Vegetable Garden Surprises

Vegetable gardeners can plan and plant, but often their gardens produce an unexpected bounty.

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More Tomatoes!

More Tomatoes!

The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating tomatoes. Besides just sliced with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, here are a few ways that I am enjoying these mouthwatering fruits.

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