Copyright (c) 2020 en-us Vegetable Gardener - In-the-kitchen category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - In-the-kitchen category featured posts Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:00 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - In-the-kitchen category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - In-the-kitchen category featured posts <![CDATA[Winter Musings--the Year Ahead]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:33:20 -0500 Winter Musings--the Year Ahead Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the full wolf moon as well as a penumbral lunar eclipse. We are into the cold winter months of January and February--although our days are now lengthening. Time for catching up and getting things done our days are now lengthening. Time for catching up and getting things done on our perennial to-do lists before the gardening season is upon us a again! Here, I share a few thoughts, musings and meanderings for our year ahead. ]]>
<![CDATA[Welcoming the New Year]]> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 15:18:22 -0500 Welcoming the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
Take advantage of the nice weather and get out there and walk or gather kindling or get an outdoor chore done. Some benefits of being out in nature are increased energy and physical activity, rebooting of the mind as well as your entire being, which is calming, restorative and stimulating. ]]>
<![CDATA[Books for Gardeners, Foragers and Cooks]]> Sun, 22 Dec 2019 17:13:03 -0500 Books for Gardeners, Foragers and Cooks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am a confessed bibliophile; I love books. I enjoy reading and learning and try to spend time everyday with a book. Currently, I am reading/perusing at least six books. Here are a few ideas for gifts for your favorite gardeners, wild foods foragers and cooks for the holidays or to read in the new year ahead. Most are new--some just new to me. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Solstice Marks the Return of the Light]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:06:27 -0500 Winter Solstice Marks the Return of the Light Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although it seems like winter and cold weather has just begun, the winter solstice kicks of the Yuletide season and the return of the light with the shortest day and the longest night of the entire year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gift Ideas for the Gardener]]> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:17:06 -0500 Gift Ideas for the Gardener Posted by cookinwithherbs
Why not give the gardeners in your life a useful gift that they will use and appreciate? here are a few ideas for gardeners who like to cook and cooks who like to to garden. These are items that I use often. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fonio is a New Grain for the Future]]> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:37:37 -0500 Fonio is a New Grain for the Future Posted by WesternGardener
One of the top 10 food trends for 2020 is re-discovering ancient grains from West Africa. Fonio is a cereal grain that’s being hailed as a new gluten-free super grain from Senegal. ]]>
<![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[Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts]]> Sun, 29 Sep 2019 21:57:21 -0500 Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts Posted by cookinwithherbs
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! ]]>
<![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[How to Make Water Kefir]]> Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:44:34 -0500 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! ]]>