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Preserving Summer in Acid

At the beginning of June, my wife and I made the move from Chicago to my pretty rural home town of Ithaca, New York. If people have heard of Ithaca at all it's usually because it is the home of ...

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How to Make your Own Ground Ginger

  If you have read any of my past blogs you may know I am from a little town in Iowa, Fort Dodge to be exact. Growing up in a rural area, in a small Midwestern town in the 70’s, I had little exposure ...

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5-Ingredient Roasted Yellow Tomato Sauce

  Welcome back to another blog post featuring our home-grown tomatoes! Earlier this month I made a delicious Onion-Tomato Jam that was fabulous on toasted sourdough bread with a sprinkling of goat ...

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The Art of Marinated Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Every year, I look forward to the warm weather beckoning me to start my annual garden. Don’t get too excited. I don’t have a sprawling backyard, or any backyard for that matter – this garden is a ...

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Grilled Ratatouille

  Lots of people have summer gardens, and there is nothing more satisfying than eating the fruits of your labor for dinner. I often find myself with a lot of odds and ends in my refrigerator: a ...

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Grow Plants Year Round with a Moving Game

  It's finally gardening season! I started a garden for the first time last year, and it grew to 26 potted plants growing on my balcony. I moved some inside for winter and a handful of the ones that ...

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How to Grow Horseradish

  I love the pungency of horseradish but have found that here in America, we limit ourselves in our culinary uses of it. I think some of these limits stem from the fact that we haven’t had a lot of ...

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Keep Meals Fresh with a Home Garden All Year Long

  Are you someone who likes to grow your own garden, sad that the summer gardening season is over, or didn’t get a chance to start one this year? Well, it's not too late! I have the perfect solution ...

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Oh Shoot! How to Grow Your Own Microgreens

  I love gardening during the spring and summer, but like most Chicagoans and other city dwellers, I don't have a backyard. So I turn to my sunniest windows for herbs, tomatoes and other edible ...

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Chicago Garden

I grew up homesteading and living off of the vegetables we grew, so having a vegetable garden has always been a way of life. I have never been able to shake the desire to play in the dirt or to ...

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