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Eight Great Tomatoes from 2018

Eight Great Tomatoes from 2018

What were the top tomatoes in your vegetable garden this season? Here are the eight great varieties that made this summer especially tomatoey for me.

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Celebrate the Foods, Plants and Folkways of the Southern United States

Celebrate the Foods, Plants and Folkways of the Southern United States

We are gearing up for the 29th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival 2018 and Lavish Herbal Feast 6 PM October 4, 2018.The Herb Harvest Fall Festival Workshop is October 5 & 6, 2018 and we will be celebrating the Culinary, Medicinal and Gardening Traditions of the Southern United States, South of U.S. Highway 40. You won't want to miss this event!

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Lowcountry Cooking

Lowcountry Cooking

For my upcoming program "Exploring Traditional Southern Foods and Lowcountry Cooking" at the Ozark Folk Center, I took a trip to the lowcountry in South Carolina--here are some of the foods that were tasted--and what you have to look forward to for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival.

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Ripe Mad Hatter Peppers Top Off Season

Ripe Mad Hatter Peppers Top Off Season

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The Mad Hatter peppers are red, ripe and ready to enjoy. These sweet peppers are perfect for small-space vegetable gardeners or gardens with short seasons.

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A Nu Pumpkin Spice for Fall

A 'Nu' Pumpkin Spice for Fall

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.

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Low Country Excursion

Low Country Excursion

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.

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Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking

Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking

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.

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Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient

Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient

If it's harvest time in your vegetable garden, it's time to let your family eat cake -- with one surprise ingredient.

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Lemon Basil in the Kitchen

Lemon Basil in the Kitchen

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.

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Lemon Basil

Lemon Basil

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.

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How to Grow Fabulous Fennel

How to Grow Fabulous Fennel

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.

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Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star

Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star

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.

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Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

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

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Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots

Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots

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.

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Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper

Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper

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.

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Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes

Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes

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...

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Pesto alla Genovese

Pesto alla Genovese

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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.

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The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil

The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil

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.

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Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy

Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy

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.

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How to Veganize a Recipe

How to Veganize a Recipe

Are you looking for a way to get creative with the harvest from your vegetable garden? Use your eyes and veganize!

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