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Starting the Winter Garden

September 9th, 2009

Here in Seattle, we are lucky to have a relatively mild maritime climate. Indeed, we get many dreary rainy days during the winter, but this mild climate also makes it possible to grow a wonderful winter garden full of dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables. I’ve been planting a winter garden for many years now. [...]

As many of you know, I am an avid food processor user. I have an array of Cuisinart food processors in a variety of sizes and models.
Now that my garden is bursting at the seams with tomatoes, potatoes, squash and herbs, I’ve committed myself to using my homegrown veggies
in a variety of quick [...]

Beet the Heat with Kuhn Rikon

August 28th, 2009

I’ve been buying certified organic beets at Seattle’s University District Farmers Market for many years now. I learned pretty quickly that my Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker is the easiest most efficient tool for cooking the hard earthy orbs.
The new pressure cookers are very safe, so this has become a foolproof operation in my [...]

In 1995, shortly after I moved to Seattle, I wrote an article for The New York Times on Seattle’s P-Patch Community Gardens.
For more than thirty years, Seattle’s P-Patches have been helping Seattleites grow organic foods. Eating local and organic is the rage these days, but clearly this program was ahead of its time. There [...]

Preserving-Go Greener Pesto

August 22nd, 2009

There’s a lot of buzz in the Seattle food community these days regarding canning and preserving. Yes, indeed, it’s a great way to store seasonal foods for the offseason. This is something I’ve been doing for the last 15 years or so.
Admittedly, there was a phase when folks thought I was a bit odd for [...]

We are all familiar with the Butterball hotline which goes live just before Thanksgiving and fields all sorts of turkey related questions .
Well, did you know that Ball has a Home Canners’ Help Line, which is available during the week yearround? Staffed by experienced home canners, the Help Line is the place to go when faced with [...]

When I lived in Anchorage, Alaska, three years ago, necessity indeed became the mother of my inventions.
As I strolled the grocery stores in Alaska’s largest city, I was often homesick for Seattle’s hot weather produce–the basil, the peaches, the corn, and  the tomatoes. The climate simply couldn’t grow these hot weather foods, and they needed to [...]

Yikes! If I was heading to Muncie, Indiana in the next couple weeks, I’d be rushing to the local heritage museum known as Minnetrista.
Until August 23, this museum, which is dedicated to nature, history, gardens, and art, will be hosting ”Can It! 125 Years of the Ball Jar.” 
Although Muncie isn’t the birthplace of the Ball jar, [...]

My 2 in 1 Salad To Go

August 8th, 2009

What do you do when you want to take a large salad on a weekend camping trip? How do you deal with the extras like the dressing, the blue cheese, the Walla Walla onions? Which lettuce variety will transport best and survive a couple days in the cooler?
These are the questions I asked myself a few [...]

Blueberries are going gangbusters here in the Seattle, thanks to the warm sunny weather we’ve been having. I’ve already purchased pound upon pound of the purply orbs and have stored them in my freezer for use during the offseason.
But, a blueberry muffin recipe developed by Kemp Minifie, the Executive Food Editor at Gourmet, is sending [...]

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