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Broccoli Flower Salad

Broccoli Flower Salad

At this time of year there are always a few small side-shoot heads of broccoli that get by us, even though we try to keep those small heads constantly harvested. (And if you're a new gardener and are waiting for those small heads to become big like the broccoli crowns...

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Baby Beets With Dill

Baby Beets With Dill

When I was growing up my mother used to make "Harvard Beets" which were boiled beets with sugar and vinegar in the water. I do something similar now, but use much less sweetening and fresh herbs for seasoning. 12 to 16 Baby Beets or smaller beets cut into quarters 1/2...

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Preserving Home Grown Garlic

Preserving Home Grown Garlic

We harvested our garlic as usual in mid-July and hung it in the garden shed to dry for a couple of weeks. Last week it was time to take it down, cut off the stems and brush off the dirt. Yes, some of these heads we keep in the refrigerator for cooking, and some get...

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Garden Pizza

Garden Pizza

A fast and easy pizza with fresh veggies from the garden. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Ingredients: Pizza dough, homemade or purchased fresh at your grocery store Shredded "four cheese Italian blend" Olive Oil Feta or goat cheese Veggies of your choice such as...

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Garden Slaw

Garden Slaw

Coleslaw doesn't have to be made of cabbage and the usual suspects...it can be composed of cabbage and whatever is in your garden on that particular day. Here's what was in my garden and pantry this week. Veggie Ingredients 1 piece of ginger root, about 2 Tbls...

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Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

If you're a foodie and you aren't growing them, put this on your calendar for next year. "Plant sugar snap peas in the spring."  Don't look for plants at your garden center...grow these from seed. You can do it! Forget the advise about planting peas on Saint Patrick's...

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How To Use Garlic Scapes

How To Use Garlic Scapes

The garlic is scaping! If you planted garlic in the fall, sometime in mid-summer it starts to bloom. The curvy flower buds are called scapes, and most gardeners cut these off as soon as they form so that the plant will put its energy into the head of garlic...

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Stir Fry Can Go in Any Direction

Stir Fry Can Go in Any Direction

It was a late season for planting at Poison Ivy Acres but tonight, finally, it was time for one of the great pleasures of being a gardener. This evening I could walk into the veggie garden for the first time this year and say, "What's for dinner?"  OK, yes, I could...

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Rhubarb Custard

Rhubarb Custard

It is the season to harvest rhubarb. Since our temperatures in the Northeast dipped to return-to-spring lows, while I cut rhubarb I also dreamed of comfort food. Rhubarb custard, I decided as I was building a fire in the woodstove. Notes: This custard is best served...

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Planting an Herb Garden

Planting an Herb Garden

One of my favorite things in the spring and early summer is planting my little out-the-kitchen-door herb garden. Whether you have a large veggie garden or not, everyone who loves to cook and eat great food needs fresh herbs that are convient to the kitchen. Be they in...

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