Copyright (c) 2018 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:15:23 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[A 'Nu' Pumpkin Spice for Fall]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:22:17 -0500 A 'Nu' Pumpkin Spice for Fall Posted by WesternGardener
Even if you can’t imagine a new pumpkin spice flavor this season, you have to try this one. The ‘NuMex Pumpkin Spice’ jalapeno pepper is guaranteed to add a little heat when the weather starts to turn chile. ]]>
<![CDATA[Low Country Excursion]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 02:35:13 -0500 Low Country Excursion Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently spent nearly a week in South Carolina doing research for my upcoming program: "Exploring Traditional Southern Ingredients and Lowcountry Cooking". Here are a few places I visited. ]]>
<![CDATA[Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:32:55 -0500 Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking Posted by WesternGardener
Green beans, yellow wax beans and filet beans are the typical vegetable garden pods. Soybeans are another easy-to-grow bean for added interest to your garden and plate. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:30:01 -0500 Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient Posted by WesternGardener
If it's harvest time in your vegetable garden, it's time to let your family eat cake -- with one surprise ingredient. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lemon Basil in the Kitchen]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:14:09 -0500 Lemon Basil in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Basil is to tomatoes what lemon basil is to peaches. Of course, this delightful lemon-flavored herb is wonderful with other seasonal foods, however it just complements a peach like nothing else. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lemon Basil ]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:04:20 -0500 Lemon Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
I haven't met a lemon basil that I didn't like. These basils are all predominantly lemon-flavored and do not have any of the anise taste that the others do. 'Mrs. Burns' is my first choice, a sturdy, dependable plant with lovely lemon aroma and flavor. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Fabulous Fennel]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:22:40 -0500 How to Grow Fabulous Fennel Posted by WesternGardener
Fennel is a triple duty plant in the vegetable garden because the fronds, seeds and bulbs can all be used in cooking. Here’s how to make the most of growing this delicious plant. ]]>
<![CDATA[Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:07:10 -0500 Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star Posted by WesternGardener
An All-America Selections winner in 2017, Midnight Snack shows its true colors when ripe. This snack-size tomato would be a colorful addition to any vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Anise Hyssop]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:26:59 -0500 Anise Hyssop Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although we are enjoying Hops, which is Herb of the Year 2018, we are gearing up for Agastache, Herb of the Year for 2019. Right now, mine and everyone's in my zone 7 neighborhood are in full summer heights. They are surrounded all day long by pollinators from bees to hummers and butterflies ]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:14:22 -0500 Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots Posted by WesternGardener
Wild tomatoes offer vegetable gardeners a chance to go back to the fruit’s original roots. Here’s how to tame some for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re a vegetable gardener who’s always looking for something a little different, I have a new pepper for you. Mad Hatter is the perfect kind of crazy for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes]]> Sun, 29 Jul 2018 15:20:41 -0500 Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes Posted by cookinwithherbs
When I eat a dead-ripe peach, it is usually over the sink with the juice dripping down my chin and hands. When I am feeling more civilized, I do enjoy peeling a peach over the sink and then slicing... ]]>
<![CDATA[Pesto alla Genovese]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 01:01:12 -0500 Pesto alla Genovese Posted by cookinwithherbs
For centuries, Italians have made pesto with a mortar and pestle, hence the name pesto from the verb pestare, which means to pound or grind. Pesto prepared in this manner is by far the best, it has a wonderful emulsion and is thick and creamy. The flavors are also more intense--the garlic is more pungent, the nuts are sweeter and more resinous, and the basil is rich in perfume. Nowadays, many of us use the food processor to make pesto since it is quick and easy. Directions for both methods are given here. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:48:11 -0500 The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
Often referred to as Pesto alla Genovese, the essential ingredients of pesto are an Italian green basil (preferably ‘Genoa Green’ or something similar), olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and pine nuts. Real pesto is not made from cilantro, arugula, nettles and other herbs--green herb sauces are called salsa verde. ]]>
<![CDATA[Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy Posted by WesternGardener
The Herb of the Year took center stage at the Michigan Herb Associates conference in Lansing this spring. Attendees got the chance to celebrate hops in several tasty ways. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Veganize a Recipe]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:19:12 -0500 How to Veganize a Recipe Posted by WesternGardener
Are you looking for a way to get creative with the harvest from your vegetable garden? Use your eyes and veganize! ]]>
<![CDATA[Figs are In]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:21:06 -0500 Figs are In Posted by WesternGardener
Figs are in. They're ripening in yards and gardens right now, and finding their way to high-end restaurants. If you want in on the fig trend, here’s what you need to know to grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[Quintessential Summer Food: Deviled Eggs]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 17:29:06 -0500 Quintessential Summer Food: Deviled Eggs Posted by cookinwithherbs
What food do we think of for picnics, barbecues, potlucks and cool summer fare on hot summer days? Yep, deviled eggs are perhaps more American than apple pie. And every single person I know has their own recipe... here's our family favorite... with a list of variations. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens]]> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:03:58 -0500 Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
The problem for many small-space vegetable gardeners is how to create a beautiful and functional garden when there’s little room to grow. California landscape designer, Susan Morrison, has dozens of solutions in her new book. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bee Balm works for Insect Stings]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:36:12 -0500 Bee Balm works for Insect Stings Posted by cookinwithherbs
Monarda fistulosa isn't just called bee balm because it attracts bees and other pollinators--it also helps to ease their stings. ]]>