Category: Ideas

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The Backyard Vegetable Garden

Every year I plant at least three vegetable varieties and half a dozen herbs in my backyard garden. They are split between containers or embedded among my shrubbery and flowers. What’s lovely about this is the vegetables blend right in with the other plantings. For example, last year I planted zucchini alongside some dwarf evergreen […]

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It is CSA Season

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system that enables farmers to connect with consumers through a subscription service. Sometimes farms collaborate and offer produce from one farm and dairy products or meat from another. The subscription is beneficial to the farmers because funds provide a means for them to purchase seeds and […]

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Urban Farming with Neighbors

We had record breaking warm temperatures in the Northeast this week causing my imagination to pivot to summer and vegetable garden possibilities. My yard is small but every year I grow a select variety of vegetables including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. The tomatoes are grown in a container but the cucumbers and zucchini are […]

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No Food Waste

Growing up we had enough and what we didn’t have we made or grew. We never wasted anything. Clothes no longer fit to wear became patchwork quilts, chicken bones became the base for stock and the outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage were fed to the chickens. While most of us don’t have chickens, we […]

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Cooking for two plus more!

This recipe blog was inspired by busy people commiserating with me about how difficult it is to prepare fresh, healthy meals for two. Sometimes we struggle with nutritious options for dinner. If the menus aren’t planned in advance then we tend to opt for take-out or dining at a restaurant. Most of the recipes in […]

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Beets

Beetroot is a versatile vegetable that adds color and flavor to a variety of dishes; both the greens and the root are editable. Saute the greens with garlic and olive oil, add them to a salad, couscous or soup. Beets can be boiled, roasted, pureed, and pickled. Beetroot has also been used as a natural […]

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Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi also known as a German turnip is the perfect vegetable choice if you are looking for something a little different. It is a member of the cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower family with a mild, sweet taste and can be cooked or added as a crisp addition to a salad. Kohlrabi is also a good source […]

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Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin is delicious not only in pumpkin pie but also in salads, with roasted vegetables and pureed for pumpkin soup. Once Halloween was over, my grandmother always took our jack-o’-lanterns (home grown pumpkins) and roasted them so she could make pumpkin pie. Rather than sending your Halloween pumpkin to the landfill or compost pile, here […]

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The Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite fall outings is to take a horse drawn carriage out to the pumpkin patch. Children and adults alike are delighted with this adventure and the bonus is you get to take home a pumpkin you selected just for your family. I recently visited Thistledown Farm located in Eugene, Oregon. Their pumpkin […]

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Natural Cleaning Products

There was a time when I had a shelf in my storage closet filled with cleaning products including individual products to clean windows, tub, toilet, floor, tile, stainless steel and granite. These products are expensive and take up shelf space; some of them can also be toxic. Avoid products that contain a warning to be […]