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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

For many years my go-to barbecue sauce was the Original Mad Dog made by Ashley Foods. I loved it because it didn't have the tons of sugar/corn syrup that most such products contain, and it was made with very few, simple ingredients. It also had a good balance of...

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How to Keep Carrot Harvest

How to Keep Carrot Harvest

Garden produce all winter? You Can Grow That! It's been a warm start to winter but next week the temperatures are predicted to go into the teens at night and stay below freezing all the next day. That prolonged period of cold is likely to kill the remains of our...

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Eggplant with Figs and Fennel

Eggplant with Figs and Fennel

As I was planning a garden-to-table menu for the Winter Solstice I knew that I wanted to use roasted eggplant from the freezer, but I couldn't find a recipe that I felt worked well with the rest of the menu. So many eggplant recipes involve tomato sauce, and they just...

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Kale and Wild Rice Salad

Kale and Wild Rice Salad

For those of you who still have Tuscan kale in the garden....or can find it in the store, this is a yummy salad. Serves 6 Heat oven to 350 degrees. 1 Cup Wild Rice (2 cups water and pinch of salt to cook)  6 to 8 large leaves Tuscan Kale 2 Large Garnet Yams 1...

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End of Summer Pesto

End of Summer Pesto

When the first frost is predicted, that's the time to rush into the garden and pick assorted herbs and greens for making an end-of-summer Pesto. Today we picked Tuscan kale, chard, basil, nasturtiums and arugula. Don't worry much about the proportions, just grab the...

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Quick Garden Pizza

Quick Garden Pizza

If you have a veggie garden, you have the makings of a fantastic pizza that's quickly made. Here's how. Start with the pre-made crust of your choice. Put the crust on a cookie sheet and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese - I use a "four cheese Italian" blend. Next...

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Sesame Noodle Beans

Sesame Noodle Beans

I love growing red noodle beans (Vigna unguiculata) because they are so prolific and tasty. I throw them in stirfry, pasta, omlets and salads. But why did it take me so long to put the idea of cold sesame noodles and noodle beans together? It was simple - I made a...

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Garden Veggie Stirfry

Garden Veggie Stirfry

Although the term "stir fry" is associated with Asian style cooking, this means of quickly sautéing veggies can go in any seasoning direction. A quick stir-fry in a small amount of oil is the perfect way to cook a mix of garden vegetables. Sometimes when we go into...

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Garden Stirfry

Garden Stirfry

Sometimes the simple things are the best things. I went into the garden last night and asked "What's for dinner?" The answer was summer squash (Zephyr), red noodle beans, chard and hot peppers. I added a piece of ginger root from my fridge (wish I could grow it!)...

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Garden Veggie Nachos

Garden Veggie Nachos

I love nachos. The crunch of the chips, combined with the flavors of the toppings, a bit of spiciness and the creaminess of the cheese...yum. But at this time of year when the garden is producing such wonderful, flavorful vegetables, is it possible, I wondered, to...

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