Copyright (c) 2019 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/go-organic Wed, 18 Sep 2019 02:24:20 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/go-organic <![CDATA[How to Make Water Kefir]]> Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:44:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130028/how-to-make-water-kefir http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130028/how-to-make-water-kefir How to Make Water Kefir Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:47:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130015/juicy-fruits-from-scuppernongs-to-peach-and-blackberry-crumble http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130015/juicy-fruits-from-scuppernongs-to-peach-and-blackberry-crumble Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Stuffed Zucchini Boats]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:42:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130003/stuffed-zucchini-boats http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/130003/stuffed-zucchini-boats Stuffed Zucchini Boats Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2019 23:37:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129991/squashes-and-tomatoes-and-corn-oh-my http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129991/squashes-and-tomatoes-and-corn-oh-my Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My! Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Midsummer Garden Harvest]]> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:29:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129967/midsummer-garden-harvest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129967/midsummer-garden-harvest Midsummer Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Nasturtiums]]> Wed, 31 Jul 2019 15:31:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129955/nasturtiums http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129955/nasturtiums Nasturtiums Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat]]> Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:17:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129939/edible-flowers-that-are-safe-to-eat http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129939/edible-flowers-that-are-safe-to-eat Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen]]> Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:12:19 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129927/incredible-edibles-flowers-in-the-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129927/incredible-edibles-flowers-in-the-kitchen Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad]]> Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:46:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129908/fourth-of-july-fare-potato-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129908/fourth-of-july-fare-potato-salad Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:37:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129846/four-elements-organic-herbals-growing-medicinal-herbs-in-wisconsin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129846/four-elements-organic-herbals-growing-medicinal-herbs-in-wisconsin Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin Posted by cookinwithherbs
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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<![CDATA[Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds]]> Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:35:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129821/summer-solstice-time-for-farmers-markets-gardening-seasonal-bounty-and-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129821/summer-solstice-time-for-farmers-markets-gardening-seasonal-bounty-and-weeds Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of year again already! Today we celebrate the true arrival of summer with the solstice--the longest day and shortest night of the entire year. Not that summer weather hasn't already been here for some time--it is hot here in Maryland! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Artichokes are in Season]]> Wed, 29 May 2019 12:23:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129768/artichokes-are-in-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129768/artichokes-are-in-season Artichokes are in Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is the season for asparagus and artichokes, rhubarb and strawberries, spring onions and baby salad greens and foraged wild weeds. It is a joyous time in the garden as well as in the kitchen—with so many delightful flavors and textures. I don’t think that folks eat enough artichokes. Perhaps, some have just never eaten one, or do not know how to prepare them. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring in the Vegetable Garden]]> Sun, 12 May 2019 00:25:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129733/spring-in-the-vegetable-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129733/spring-in-the-vegetable-garden Spring in the Vegetable Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
It has been a very wet spring here in the Mid-Atlantic. I’m not complaining—always thankful for the precipitation—it makes it challenging for planting when the garden is soggy. Everything is verdant green and growing so fast you can see plants change daily. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring is Bursting Out All Over!]]> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:52:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129705/spring-is-bursting-out-all-over http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129705/spring-is-bursting-out-all-over Spring is Bursting Out All Over! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Whether you are in the sunny South and already harvesting your brassicas,or in the northern climes where the early spring harbingers are just popping after the last snow--it is spring!What's going on in your garden? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves]]> Sat, 20 Apr 2019 23:30:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129694/hot-cross-buns-and-fresh-bay-leaves http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129694/hot-cross-buns-and-fresh-bay-leaves Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today I got a hankering for hot cross buns, which I have not made in quite awhile--it is that time of year that we see them for sale. Well, the recipe I use is an old one, from my first book Cooking with Herbs co-authored with Carolyn Dille. The ingredient that makes these buns unique is fresh bay leaves. Really, you will have to try them; I have made a few updates in the recipe which you can read below. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:51:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129668/dandelions-welcome-this-spring-bitter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129668/dandelions-welcome-this-spring-bitter Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter! Posted by cookinwithherbs
I enjoy bitter--bitter herbs, bitter foods and bitters, the magic digestive elixirs. They are spring tonics and dandelions are one of my favorites--I've been harvesting the leaves, flowers and roots since they first emerged and using them in soups, sauces, egg dishes, with pasta and grains and stuffing them into quesadillas and enchiladas. Get out there and harvest some goodness for your health and well being! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style]]> Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:08:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129655/farro-salad-mediterranean-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129655/farro-salad-mediterranean-style Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, someone gave me a bag of farro. I have cooked farro, which is a type of wheat berry, as well as kamut and spelt in my past, however not in a long time. So I read about farro and cooked up a pot of it and then I made the following delightfully tasty recipe for Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes]]> Sat, 30 Mar 2019 20:13:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129647/wild-weed-and-seasonal-green-recipes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129647/wild-weed-and-seasonal-green-recipes Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes Posted by cookinwithherbs
In our recent wild weeds class, we made a soup, salsa verde and salad. Here is a recipe for a soup featuring wild edibles and seasonal greens, a short video and links to salsa verde and green goodness soup. Happy foraging! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129647/wild-weed-and-seasonal-green-recipes
<![CDATA[Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:16:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129616/wild-weeds-and-seasonal-greens http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129616/wild-weeds-and-seasonal-greens Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just finished teaching a folk school class on Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. We foraged for weeds and combined them with some seasonal herbs and greens to make tasty edibles: Spring Greens Soup, Salsa Verde and Salad of Wild Weeds, Seasonal Herbs and Salad Greens. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seeds and Winter Gardening Thoughts]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:42:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129503/seeds-and-winter-gardening-thoughts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129503/seeds-and-winter-gardening-thoughts Seeds and Winter Gardening Thoughts Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been thinking a lot about seeds lately due to the fact that I have a pile of seed catalogs sitting here awaiting perusal. I also recently finished reading "From Our Seeds & Their Keepers" by Bevin Cohen, which has definitely inspired me to start saving more seed than I do. ]]>
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