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Whats Cooking? Preserving? Fermenting? Infusing?

What's Cooking? Preserving? Fermenting? Infusing?

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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?

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Fire Cider for Health & Well Being

Fire Cider for Health & Well Being

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!

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October 31: All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Day of the Dead

October 31: All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Day of the Dead

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).

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Autumnal Contentment

Autumnal Contentment

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...

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Elderberry and Fire Cider Elixir

Elderberry and Fire Cider Elixir

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.

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Fire Cider!

Fire Cider!

This book, Fire Cider!, is hot off the presses, published by Storey Books. There are 101 zesty recipes for health-boosting remedies made with apple cider vinegar by Rosemary Gladstar and friends.

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Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween

Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween

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.

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Fall Gardening

Fall Gardening

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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.

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Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

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!

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How to Make Water Kefir

How to Make Water Kefir

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!

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The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret.

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Its Summertime in the Garden

It's Summertime in the Garden

We recently celebrated the summer solstice as well as St. John's Day (sometimes referred to as Midsummer) and the hot weather has arrived here in Maryland. We haven't had much rain so plant growth, especially flowering, has progressed rapidly--it seems a lot of plants are flowering earlier than usual. Before we know it, we'll be harvesting summer veggies! Right now, a lot of herbs need to be cut back and harvested.

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Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air

Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air

A demonstration garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens uses a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting system to irrigate a honey of a vegetable garden. The process uses solar energy to drive passive condensation to create high-quality fresh water from air.

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Garden Like a Viking

Garden Like a Viking

One of the special features in the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is an accurate recreation of a Viking house dating from the ninth and tenth centuries. Here’s what to plant if you’d like to garden like a Viking.

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Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch

Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch

Pea shoots are the fresh antidote to a long cold winter. These crunchy greens can be ready to enjoy in just a few weeks from planting.

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Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens

Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens

The new Pumpkin Habanero pepper, from the Exotic Pepper Project at Rutgers University, looks like a small pumpkin, has a citrusy taste and jalapeno-like heat. Here’s how to get your hands on the seeds.

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How to Start Pepper Seeds

How to Start Pepper Seeds

If you like to grow unusual peppers, you’ll need to start from seed. Hundreds of pepper varieties are available to gardeners who take time to plant seeds, instead of the buying seedlings available at garden centers. Here’s how to get started.

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Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas

Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas

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Cold weather inspires drinking hot beverages. When you come in from being out-of-doors on a frigid day, what do you want to drink?

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These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving

These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving

Slow Food’s annual Plant a Seed campaign is your chance to make a difference in the wonderful world of vegetable growing. When you plant this year’s seed kit, you’ll help ensure the survival of six plants facing extinction.

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Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019!

Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019!

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I am gearing up for upcoming spring programs and I will be kicking off the gardening season at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock, from March 1 to March 3. There is a great lineup of...

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