Copyright (c) 2019 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Sun, 08 Dec 2019 17:07:50 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![CDATA[Rosemary is Still Rosemary Despite Name Change]]> Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:16:04 -0500 Rosemary is Still Rosemary Despite Name Change Posted by WesternGardener
Rosemary by any other name is still rosemary, unless the Royal Horticultural Society decides to change its name. What will its scientific name change mean for vegetable and herb gardeners like us? ]]>
<![CDATA[What's Cooking? Preserving? Fermenting? Infusing? ]]> Fri, 29 Nov 2019 19:38:53 -0500 What's Cooking? Preserving? Fermenting? Infusing? Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tis the season; Thanksgiving Day officially sets off the holiday season! Today is an over-hyped day referred to as "Black Friday"--something that I am totally not involved in--other than to be sure and stay home. I have been busy preserving, drying, fermenting and infusing for months now. I feel blessed to be able to grow a garden and lots of herbs, to harvest them and put them up for food and medicine during the months ahead and to share them as gifts. For me, it is rewarding and satisfying to give a homemade, heartfelt gift. It is also enjoyable to gather with kin or a few friends and have a session of creativity--it is easier and more fun to share in a productive group activity. Here are a few projects, I've been up to. How about you? ]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Cider for Health & Well Being]]> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:27:26 -0500 Fire Cider for Health & Well Being Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, I got together with a group of like-minded women to make fire cider. This infusion will keep us and our loved ones healthy during the cold and flu season. And we had a blast herborizing together! ]]>
<![CDATA[Cabbage is Overlooked Vegetable at Holiday Time]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:12:52 -0500 Cabbage is Overlooked Vegetable at Holiday Time Posted by WesternGardener
Would you include cabbage as a side dish at Thanksgiving? The answer is yes! This good-for-you vegetable is perfect for adding some low-calorie healthy vitamins and minerals to holiday meals. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herbs for Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:54:21 -0500 Herbs for Thanksgiving Posted by cookinwithherbs
The robust, perennial, woody-stemmed herbs are what I use most during fall and winter. They lend themselves to the seasonal foods. Read all about what herbs will complement our Thanksgiving feast; I know we will receive compliments for these traditional family favorites. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bake Bread with Homegrown Grains]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:42:47 -0500 Bake Bread with Homegrown Grains Posted by WesternGardener
With a little planning and a lot of gumption, vegetable gardeners could be breaking bread next Thanksgiving with the flour they grew from wheat seeds. A garden of grains is easy to plant right alongside the vegetable bed. Here’s how to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seasonal Dish: Indian Pudding]]> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:24:35 -0500 Seasonal Dish: Indian Pudding Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, we celebrated the northern United States. I decided to demonstrate how to make Indian Pudding since it is a popular dish in New England. Little did I know that there is a National Indian Pudding Day on November 13! So I figured I'd share my recipe here so you can gear up for this national celebration and it also is a lovely dish to share on Thanksgiving. ]]>
<![CDATA[October 31: All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Day of the Dead ]]> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:09:21 -0500 October 31: All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Day of the Dead Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is a day of multiple celebrations: All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Day of the Dead (and Mercury has gone into retrograde for the final time this year—until November 20). ]]>
<![CDATA[Autumnal Contentment]]> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:08:07 -0500 Autumnal Contentment Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year--fall-colored leaves are brilliant on the trees as well as covering the earth, the garden is winding down--days and nights are getting cooler. We are supposed to be relaxing a bit and turning inward, however it is challenging because we have so many projects and all of the garden bounty to do something with! Here's what's going on in my garden and kitchen... ]]>
<![CDATA[Elderberry and Fire Cider Elixir]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:12:31 -0500 Elderberry and Fire Cider Elixir Posted by cookinwithherbs
After I posted the recent blog on fire cider, I received a request for this recipe--so here it is. Hopefully, you froze some elderberries when they were in season, if not, dried berries work well in this recipe. As soon as it frosts in your area, it is a good time to dig your horseradish and then you can make this healthy elixir. ]]>
<![CDATA[Use Green Tomatoes Instead of Tomatillos]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:11:56 -0500 Use Green Tomatoes Instead of Tomatillos Posted by WesternGardener
When the weather forecast calls for an early-season hard freeze, most vegetable gardeners have to make a quick harvest. While some of the green tomatoes will ripen indoors, others need to be used creatively in the kitchen. Here are a few tasty ideas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:32:25 -0500 Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween Posted by WesternGardener
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Gardening]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:12:59 -0500 Fall Gardening Posted by cookinwithherbs
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed]]> Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:57:17 -0500 Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed Posted by WesternGardener
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:34:00 -0500 Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies Posted by WesternGardener
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:47:30 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden]]> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:22:33 -0500 Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stuffed Zucchini Boats]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:42:37 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2019 23:37:44 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids]]> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:52:42 -0500 Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids Posted by WesternGardener
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. ]]>