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Garlic Update

A reader helped me recall that this year I planted soft neck garlic for the first time. This is the reason why there were not any scapes and the stalks all fell over weeks ago but the garlic is still … Continue reading

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Spicy Dill and Spicy Sweet Dill Pickles

By working with a farmer at the local market I got 10 pounds of freshly picked pickling cucumbers no longer than four inches each. Time to start canning. This year I tried two dill pickle recipes, one spicy and one … Continue reading

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The End of Spring

This weekend I pulled the favas, carrots and spinach plants and planted the okra. The fava beans were a big failure this year with no bean pods setting at all. As far as I can tell this was due to … Continue reading

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Poached Eggs with Lemony Roasted Asparagus

This is a great light dinner, first course, or brunch option that takes advantage of fresh asparagus and preserved lemons. And fantastic, runny, poached eggs. I went healthy on for this, but nothing says this could not be topped with … Continue reading

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The End of the Arugula

The arugula has been trying to flower for half the month and the weather is about to change for the hotter so it was time to pull the arugula and put in something new. This year I am trying butternut … Continue reading

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Things Spring in Spring

So as you can see the arugula is already getting pinched back. The spring has been cool and wet so the spinach and arugula have been producing like rabbits. The carrots are almost ready to be pulled but even better … Continue reading

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How to Split a Chicken

Spatchcocking a chicken is a great method for cooking a whole chicken on a barbecue, especially if you do not want to smoke it. By splitting the bird in half the cooking time is shortened and the meat cooks more … Continue reading

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Let The Garden Begin

The extremely cold and way overstayed winter is finally over. This weekend I finished planting the spring garden and saving or removing all the plants damaged from the winter weather.   Last year I tried planting fava beans along with … Continue reading

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The Kitchen is Done

The kitchen is finally finished. The color scheme is much better than the old kitchen and I have to admit that kneading bread on the new stone counter is so nice. Even though we kept the layout similar the new … Continue reading

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Some Things are Finished

The kitchen is awaiting counters before I can finish installing little things like the sink and dishwasher. For a while we used a trick that originated in San Diego when we lived in a garage with no counters. Dog crates … Continue reading

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