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Use Green Tomatoes Instead of Tomatillos

 

Use Green Tomatoes Instead of Tomatillos Posted by WesternGardener
When the weather forecast calls for an early-season hard freeze, most vegetable gardeners have to make a quick harvest. While some of the green tomatoes will ripen indoors, others need to be used creatively in the kitchen. Here are a few tasty ideas.

Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween

 

Try Pumpkin Guts Scones for Halloween Posted by WesternGardener
Fruits and vegetables are the top throw-away foods in most American kitchens. But what if you could find ways to turn those valuable veggies into delicious meals instead? "Cooking with Scraps" is a great guide for frugal cooks who want to stop wasting food.

Fall Gardening

 

Fall Gardening Posted by cookinwithherbs
The heat of summer has just about past and the days are getting cooler and shorter. Summer crops like tomatoes and eggplant and squash are near about finished, however we aren't done with the garden! It is time to plant all of those cool weather crops from brassicas to lettuces and hardy greens. October is also time to plant garlic in my zone 7 garden and I've also put in some herbs like cilantro, chervil and parsley, which like cooler weather.

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

 

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts Posted by cookinwithherbs
We are gearing up for the annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas on the weekend of October 2 to 5. For this event , we are featuring the Northern United States, north of historic U.S. 40.We will be studying the foods, herbs, crops and folkways of these regions. Here is a recipe that we will be serving for the Lavish Herbal Feast that you will want to make!

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed

 

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed Posted by WesternGardener
One of America’s great folk heroes is celebrating his 245th birthday on September 26. Let's take a moment and raise a glass of sweet apple cider to honor the real John Chapman.

Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies

 

Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies Posted by WesternGardener
The IT pepper this season is an old Japanese variety that's quite a tasty tidbit. If you like growing vegetables for munching, this is the one to have.

How to Make Water Kefir

 

How to Make Water Kefir Posted by cookinwithherbs
Water kefir grains can easily be infused in lightly sweetened water to make a healthy beverage full of probiotics--they are fizzy and refreshing drinks--flavored with any fruit, herbs or fruit juices that you like. Watch this video to learn how-to-do-it! You don't have to drink sodas!

Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble

 

Juicy Fruits: From Scuppernongs to Peach and Blackberry Crumble Posted by cookinwithherbs
The seasonal fruits of summer are at their peak and I've been enjoying wild and domestic berries, the stone fruits and melons. I've been slurping up juicy melons, dead-ripe peaches, nectarines, plums and plump berries and cherries--I delight in fruits that squirt and run down your chin and drip from your hands. Just talking about them makes my mouth water. They are refreshing besides being so delicious. Eating them out of hand is best... or more civilized on a plate is an alternative. However, now is the time to make some splendid simple desserts, preserves and conserves.

Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden

 

Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Fire Fly tomatoes live up to their All-America Selections billing as 2019 winners. It’s easy to see how these yellow-white fruits earned their name.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

 

Stuffed Zucchini Boats Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I promised to post a recipe for my stuffed zucchini--so here it is. This is a great way to use any size zucchini or summer squash and is tasty and filling; it is a very versatile recipe.

Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

 

Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year gardening friends--we're up to our ears in squash, tomatoes, cukes and corn! Oh what a lovely dilemna. Revel in the garden bounty--eat it everyday, share it when you can--and preserve the harvest by canning, fermenting, freezing and drying.

Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids

 

Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids Posted by WesternGardener
As in past years, the Slow Food Nations festival featured special displays to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. Part of that strategy is to help them learn to grow their own gardens and prepare their own meals and snacks with the harvest.

Midsummer Garden Harvest

 

Midsummer Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the first day of August, also recognized as Lammas Day (which is the celebration of the wheat harvest in parts of the Northern Hemisphere where English is traditionally spoken)and we are well into the summer gardening season. Every year by this time, the weeds are in fierce competition with the crops--sometimes even bigger than the crops. However, I did manage to harvest the root crops last week when we were in the fourth quarter root moon. Look at my onions and potatoes. Zukes and cukes are coming in fast and furious and need to be picked everyday.

Nasturtiums

 

Nasturtiums Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of my very favorite flowers that I grow in all of my gardens for many reasons—are nasturtiums—and I affectionately refer to these garden rowdies as “nasties”. They are easy to cultivate, and effortlessly fill in garden space, with their mounds of fun foliage even before their showy colors appear. In the kitchen, you can use both the fresh foliage and flowers to add a pleasant hint of heat and pungency (this dissipates when cooked so I use them mostly fresh) to many summer dishes.

Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat

 

Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat Posted by cookinwithherbs
Upon request after a recent webinar on flowers in the kitchen, I am posting a list of some flowers that are safe to eat. You are responsible for proper identification.

Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen

 

Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a webinar for the Herb Society of America by the same title. Right now we are in the height of the summer season and our gardens are full of flowers in bloom--many of them are edible. Bring these into the kitchen for fragrance, flavor and fun!

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

 

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants Posted by WesternGardener
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret.

Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad

 

Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
Most folks celebrate Independence Day with a cookout or picnic. When I think of summer foods to accompany this event--potato salad and coleslaw, summer ripe tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob immediately come to mind--they are American as apple pie. Here's a recipe for my sister, Doneth's potato salad, which is truly a family favorite.

What's Bugging You in the Garden?

 

What's Bugging You in the Garden? Posted by WesternGardener
Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you.

It's Summertime in the Garden

 

It's Summertime in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
We recently celebrated the summer solstice as well as St. John's Day (sometimes referred to as Midsummer) and the hot weather has arrived here in Maryland. We haven't had much rain so plant growth, especially flowering, has progressed rapidly--it seems a lot of plants are flowering earlier than usual. Before we know it, we'll be harvesting summer veggies! Right now, a lot of herbs need to be cut back and harvested.

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