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Green Tomatoes Make Green Tomato Pie

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

by Rachel


With the change of season comes the task of pulling out old, spent plants in preparation for seeding of the fall crop.  Members of our garden community have been very busy working on this transition, and as of this writing (late October), many plots have been stripped completely bare.  I find myself firmly in the camp of those die-hard gardeners who continue to hang on to one or two of their tomato vines and pepper plan...

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How to Dry Tomatoes: Dehydrator or Oven, the Choice is Yours

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


By now, your tomato plants are probably giving an abundance of fruit, enough so that if you're like me, you are wondering what to do with them all and asking yourself why on earth you planted so many vines. Here's a suggestion that may help to make some space on your now overcrowded counters: why not dry your tomatoes to preserve them for later use? The result will be tasty and is guaranteed to radically reduce the space neede...

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Cucumber Mania: My Wife has a Garden...

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


Two weeks ago I received a couple of beautiful Japanese cucumbers from a co-worker. One day he comes over to my desk and with a funny smile asks, “Do you like cucumbers?” I say, “Sure.” He proceeds to explain, “My wife has a garden, and she’s growing all these cucumbers and I need to give some away. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love cucumbers, it’s just that we have lots right ...

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Preserving Swiss Chard

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


My husband was born and raised in Hawaii, and grew up eating a surprising amount of canned foods, most of which was shipped over from California. (I know, go figure). During our years together, I have managed to gradually adjust his diet, introducing him to the joys of eating fresh foods and getting him used to trying new and different things. Where early on his inclination was to turn his nose up at any unfamiliar food, I am ...

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PottiMorron, The Chestnut Squash

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

by Rachel


Among the many plant varieties introduced to my garden this summer are a few new types of squash. One that I stumbled upon in the catalogues that sounded very interesting is the PottiMorron, so named because the flavor of this particular squash is supposed to bring to mind chestnuts; the name derives as a portmanteau formed from the French words for pump...

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