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The Fall Garden

This year I am attempting a fall garden. I put in a late crop of spinach and arugula and hope to harvest by mid November. With the crazy weather that has been going on who knows if the plants will … Continue reading

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My Parents’ Garden

Recently we went to the East Coast for my brother’s wedding and took some time to visit my parents’ garden. Many hours of my childhood were spent weeding and watering it. My mother and father have come up with some … Continue reading

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How to Make Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi can be a little daunting at first but, like all handmade pasta, practice makes perfect. This is my basic potato gnocchi recipe. Once cooked the dumplings can be tossed with any number of different sauces. For one such example … Continue reading

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Trimming Garlic Scapes and Plucking Flowers

The first of the garlic scapes have begun to sprout out and I cannot wait to cook them up. Scapes are the shoots that come out of the center of a garlic plant signaling the garlic will soon be ready … Continue reading

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Cleaning and Stuffing Squid

Here is a tutorial on how to clean and stuff squid. It is possible to buy them already cleaned but where is the fun in that? If you live somewhere where the squid is fresh, and maybe even still alive, … Continue reading

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Garden Expansion: Part 2

For part one and a look at the original garden go here. So now I have to talk about soil. In a raised bed I have found that a slightly sandy soil works best for drainage, but I live in … Continue reading

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Expansion Time: Part 1

So it is finely time to enlarge the garden and I thought some folks may want to know how simple it is to make a raised bed so here goes. Start by cutting away the grass in the area you … Continue reading

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Pita Bread

To be honest it is probably easier to buy pre-made pitas. Of course these taste much better once you perfect how to roll them. Make the starter the night before. In a large bowl mix 1 1/4 tsp yeast with … Continue reading

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Stewing Tomatoes

So it has come to my attention that some folks may not know how to do this. Remember to not cut the bad spots out, if there are any, until after splitting the skins. Start by cutting an X into … Continue reading

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Two Squash and Counting

With that image I have now had the most successful harvest ever of squash. Two. But hey, it is a small victory and with the way things are going this year I am going to be that coworker unloading bags … Continue reading

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