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Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween

Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween

Fruits and vegetables are the top throw-away foods in most American kitchens. But what if you could find ways to turn those valuable veggies into delicious meals instead? "Cooking with Scraps" is a great guide for frugal cooks who want to stop wasting food.

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Fall Gardening

Fall Gardening

The heat of summer has just about past and the days are getting cooler and shorter. Summer crops like tomatoes and eggplant and squash are near about finished, however we aren't done with the garden! It is time to plant all of those cool weather crops from brassicas to lettuces and hardy greens. October is also time to plant garlic in my zone 7 garden and I've also put in some herbs like cilantro, chervil and parsley, which like cooler weather.

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Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

We are gearing up for the annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas on the weekend of October 2 to 5. For this event , we are featuring the Northern United States, north of historic U.S. 40.We will be studying the foods, herbs, crops and folkways of these regions. Here is a recipe that we will be serving for the Lavish Herbal Feast that you will want to make!

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Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed

One of America’s great folk heroes is celebrating his 245th birthday on September 26. Let's take a moment and raise a glass of sweet apple cider to honor the real John Chapman.

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Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies

Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies

The IT pepper this season is an old Japanese variety that's quite a tasty tidbit. If you like growing vegetables for munching, this is the one to have.

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How to Make Water Kefir

How to Make Water Kefir

Water kefir grains can easily be infused in lightly sweetened water to make a healthy beverage full of probiotics--they are fizzy and refreshing drinks--flavored with any fruit, herbs or fruit juices that you like. Watch this video to learn how-to-do-it! You don't have to drink sodas!

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Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble

Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble

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The seasonal fruits of summer are at their peak and I've been enjoying wild and domestic berries, the stone fruits and melons. I've been slurping up juicy melons, dead-ripe peaches, nectarines, plums and plump berries and cherries--I delight in fruits that squirt and run down your chin and drip from your hands. Just talking about them makes my mouth water. They are refreshing besides being so delicious. Eating them out of hand is best... or more civilized on a plate is an alternative. However, now is the time to make some splendid simple desserts, preserves and conserves.

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Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden

Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden

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Fire Fly tomatoes live up to their All-America Selections billing as 2019 winners. It’s easy to see how these yellow-white fruits earned their name.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

In my last blog, I promised to post a recipe for my stuffed zucchini--so here it is. This is a great way to use any size zucchini or summer squash and is tasty and filling; it is a very versatile recipe.

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Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

It's that time of year gardening friends--we're up to our ears in squash, tomatoes, cukes and corn! Oh what a lovely dilemna. Revel in the garden bounty--eat it everyday, share it when you can--and preserve the harvest by canning, fermenting, freezing and drying.

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Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids

Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids

As in past years, the Slow Food Nations festival featured special displays to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. Part of that strategy is to help them learn to grow their own gardens and prepare their own meals and snacks with the harvest.

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Midsummer Garden Harvest

Midsummer Garden Harvest

Today is the first day of August, also recognized as Lammas Day (which is the celebration of the wheat harvest in parts of the Northern Hemisphere where English is traditionally spoken)and we are well into the summer gardening season. Every year by this time, the weeds are in fierce competition with the crops--sometimes even bigger than the crops. However, I did manage to harvest the root crops last week when we were in the fourth quarter root moon. Look at my onions and potatoes. Zukes and cukes are coming in fast and furious and need to be picked everyday.

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Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

One of my very favorite flowers that I grow in all of my gardens for many reasons—are nasturtiums—and I affectionately refer to these garden rowdies as “nasties”. They are easy to cultivate, and effortlessly fill in garden space, with their mounds of fun foliage even before their showy colors appear. In the kitchen, you can use both the fresh foliage and flowers to add a pleasant hint of heat and pungency (this dissipates when cooked so I use them mostly fresh) to many summer dishes.

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Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat

Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat

Upon request after a recent webinar on flowers in the kitchen, I am posting a list of some flowers that are safe to eat. You are responsible for proper identification.

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Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen

Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen

I recently did a webinar for the Herb Society of America by the same title. Right now we are in the height of the summer season and our gardens are full of flowers in bloom--many of them are edible. Bring these into the kitchen for fragrance, flavor and fun!

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The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret.

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Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad

Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad

Most folks celebrate Independence Day with a cookout or picnic. When I think of summer foods to accompany this event--potato salad and coleslaw, summer ripe tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob immediately come to mind--they are American as apple pie. Here's a recipe for my sister, Doneth's potato salad, which is truly a family favorite.

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Whats Bugging You in the Garden?

What's Bugging You in the Garden?

Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you.

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Its Summertime in the Garden

It's Summertime in the Garden

We recently celebrated the summer solstice as well as St. John's Day (sometimes referred to as Midsummer) and the hot weather has arrived here in Maryland. We haven't had much rain so plant growth, especially flowering, has progressed rapidly--it seems a lot of plants are flowering earlier than usual. Before we know it, we'll be harvesting summer veggies! Right now, a lot of herbs need to be cut back and harvested.

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Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin

Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin

On a recent visit to Madison, Wisconsin, a group of herbal enthusiasts went to visit the medicinal herb gardens of HSA speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens, proprietress of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Here are some photos of her prolific gardens located near the Baraboo Bluffs in Wisconsin and her apothecary shop, which is in North Freedom.

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