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7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste

7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste

We’re about the enter that time of year when “but it’s the holidays” is the go-to excuse for overindulging in those once-a-year favorite foods. When it comes to food waste, turn that excuse into 7 positive ways to approach the Thanksgiving meal.

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Smoked Chiles en Adobo

Smoked Chiles en Adobo

It is easy, though a bit time-consuming to smoke your own chiles and make this adobo sauce--however the end product is well worth it--wicked good stuff!

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Smoking Chile Peppers

Smoking Chile Peppers

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Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeno peppers. The latter are thick-walled and do not dry well, so they have been smoked-dried for centuries. Recently, I decided to try smoking an assortment of chile peppers in a smoker and make my own chiles en adobo.

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How to Decorate with Vegetables for Thanksgiving

How to Decorate with Vegetables for Thanksgiving

We all know vegetables are an important part of the Thanksgiving feast, but they make gorgeous table decorations, too. Here are some special ways to use fruits and vegetables with plants and flowers to celebrate the harvest holiday.

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Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts

Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts

It's not too late to press flowers and leaves of annuals and perennials to make your own botanical cards for holiday greetings or gift giving.

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6 Ways to Reuse Halloween Pumpkins

6 Ways to Reuse Halloween Pumpkins

Instead of throwing that Halloween pumpkin away, put it to good use. There are plenty of ways for recycling that winter squash instead of letting it go to waste.

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End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!

End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!

We have had our frost warning in my zone 7 Maryland area and I went out the day of the prediction and gathered all of the green tomatoes still on the vine and harvested a large number of chile peppers still hanging on the plants. The chiles still need to be processed; I will dry some of them, make salsa and hot sauce with some and of course eat them every day with every meal. I cut annual flowers and herbs and filled the house with bouquets of zinnias, nicotiana, marigolds and nasturtiums and basil—all of them will turn black with a frost.

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Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017

Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017

Vegetable gardeners tend to gather at the end of the summer to pit their favorite tomatoes against the ones grown by friends, family members, neighbors and fellow master gardeners. The results are in from the great tomato tasting of 2017.

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Cilantro Substitutes or Similars

Cilantro Substitutes or Similars

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This year we are celebrating Cilantro & Coriander as Herb of the Year for 2017. This herb has a very distinct flavor—there are a number of plants that have many of the same chemical constituents as Coriandrum sativum and sort of mimic the flavor --these herbs are culantro, papaloquelite, pipicha and Vietnamese coriander.

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Grow a Special Squash Next Season

Grow a Special Squash Next Season

Why grow an ordinary summer squash when you can grow something extra-special--like a cucuzza?

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Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

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During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just in time to make a delicious hearty soup and use up the last of the garden harvest of summer tomatoes. Make this soup soon--you will be glad that you did!

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Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico

Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico

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Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal Feast and two days of inspiring educational programs featuring Mexico, the countries on the Isthmus of Central America and the many islands in the Caribbean. Read about all of the fun that we had.

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Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition

Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition

Vegetable marrows aren’t your typical summer squash. These giant vegetables are gaining ground at vegetable competitions and can weigh more than 100 pounds.

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Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas

Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas

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Vegetable gardeners can put their hobby to good use by ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by October 6. All the proceeds from online seed sales will be used to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and beyond.

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Hop Happy

Hop Happy

We had a pre- and post-conference tour for the IHA conference and both were fun and action-packed. However the post conference tour to visit hop farms and breweries was a daylong sensory experience that I won't forget.

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Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan

Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan

On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss.

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Be a Summer Tomato Saver

Be a Summer Tomato Saver

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The calendar may say it’s autumn, but the tomato vines are still pumping out beautiful fruits. What a delicious problem to have! Here are four ways to preserve tomatoes to savor over winter.

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Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

Fall is an unusual time for a new gardening catalog to appear in the mail, but timing is everything. The first catalog from the folks at Harvesting History includes more than two dozen varieties of garlic for fall planting.

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Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

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Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich.

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International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, an amazing number of beautiful old trees, a bird sanctuary, the Manor House and more.

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