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I’ve been posting more frequently over at Amazon’s Al Dente blog lately. And, this morning, I posted a pitch for The New Doubleday Cookbook.
I’ve had this book for fifteen years now so it isn’t exactly  “new,”  but it’s a timeless resource that I turn to again and again. I constantly pull this culinary “encyclopedia” off the [...]

How to Store Green Tomatoes

September 27th, 2009

It’s that time of year again. My pumpkins are ripe, and my winter garden is exploding. My tomatoes, however, are starting to wither.
Last September when we were in the beginning of the financial crisis, I decided to save my green tomatoes. I had never done this before, but as I watched the breaking  news [...]

Too Many Tomatoes!

September 12th, 2009

Thanks to Seattle’s warm sunny summer, I now have a tomato glut!! Indeed, that’s a great thing, but it’s made my brain think harder than ever.
When you harvest 10 to 15 pounds of tomatoes every couple days, it’s hard to eat that many fresh. So, what have I been doing? Here’s a brief
round up:
Roasted [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Do you often find yourself with an array of miscellaneous vegetables that you can’t bear to waste? This often happens to me when I survey the veggie bin.
Of course, I’ve learned to use these bits and bobs in soups, stir fries and chop chop salads, but I’ve also started making quick and easy refrigerated pickled [...]

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