When I think of favorite summer produce--tomatoes, corn and peaches top my list. I eat tomatoes and peaches every single day--and corn almost daily. Though we enjoy them most now--it is time to preserve some for this winter. Recently my local farmer called and said the corn is ready, so I grabbed my knife and freezer zip-lock bags and headed over to shuck and jive...
Even if you've been vegetable gardening for a just a short time, you've probably tasted a few bugs without knowing it. Now’s your chance to sample beetle larvae, crickets and mealworms for the fun of it at the 2014 edition of the Denver County Fair.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | June 27th, 20141 comment
We've just celebrated the solstice and midsummer is officially dated at June 24--so now we are heading into the summer garden season. The garden is abuzz--full of pollinators--plants to harvest and all sorts of lovely veggies coming on. Oh and the weeds... the never-ending garden chore... Here's what is happening in my zone 7 garden...
When I wrote about grilling last weekend, I got a number of requests on how to make veggie bundles. So here are veggie bundle basics--telling you which veggies combine well with which herbs--and a link at the end for a recipe. Just in time to cook for the summer solstice--enjoy!
cookinwithherbs, contributor | June 5th, 20142 comments
Once the weather warms up and the farmers' markets reopen for the season and our gardens start producing crops to harvest, the grilling season has begun! Vegetables on the grill are an easy way to fix dinner or entertain and there are infinite variations.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | May 31st, 20142 comments
We've had a cool spring and rain so this year the salad greens are phenomenal. And I don't just mean lettuce (although I love the choices we have)... no ho hum salads around here. If you grow some of these greens--and it's not to late to plant them--every salad will be a chef's delight.
Just returned from a trip to Ireland, where the countryside is lush and green from the spring rains--no wonder its moniker is the Emerald Isle. Come take a brief tour of some of the botanical wonders to behold there.
It might be less popular than its cousin the tomato, but eggplant has a great personality. This versatile veggie grows on a beautifully ornamental plant, grows lovely lavender flowers and is easy to grow in a patio container.
WesternGardener, contributor | May 20th, 20142 comments
Stevia is an herb that can be grown in containers, raised bed gardens or other sunny spaces. Use the leaves fresh as a sweet tea or dry to use as a natural calorie-free sweetener that’s about 300 times as sweet as sugar.
Chives are truly one of the harbingers of spring and their fresh, green,onion-like flavor is welcome after the long winter months of heavy foods. Here are some tips on how I use chives to brighten up spring recipes. What to do with those hardboiled eggs? Make chive deviled eggs!
cookinwithherbs, contributor | March 31st, 20141 comment
Artemisia is herb of the year for 2014 and I am gearing up for growing them in my garden. Next weekend is the Medicinal Herb Fieldtrip and Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center, where I will be giving a program on the medicinal aspects of some artemisias... here are a few excerpts from my handout for the program. Why don't you try growing a few of these easy-to-grow plants? Celebrate Artemisia!
Thanks to All-America Selections, gardeners can add three new and colorful peppers to their gardens this season. The lineup includes a Regional Winner that’s specifically meant for the Mountain and Southwestern regions.