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Fight Powdery Mildew Naturally

July 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fight Powdery Mildew Naturally

As much as any gardener, including myself, looks forward to warm weather, I admit that late summer is my least favorite time in the garden. The days are too hot and buggy for working outdoors except in the early morning, the long days and warm soil have helped the weeds grow to epic proportions, and […]

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Master THE Perfect Pie Crust

July 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Master THE Perfect Pie Crust

It’s fruit pie time! PIE! I love it for summer desserts and maybe even the occasional breakfast treat. Pies are so versatile that you can enjoy them with whatever fruit is in season. Believe it or not, pies can also be a very convenient, make-ahead dessert option for summer events and entertaining. But, why does […]

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Using Beneficial Nematodes in Your Garden

July 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Using Beneficial Nematodes in Your Garden

As Mr. President often says when something’s a challenge, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” I feel this way sometimes about organic gardening. I know why some people resort to using chemicals in their garden. It’s not easy to maintain plant health and keep pests at bay the natural way. But, the rewards […]

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Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

July 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

You know that one outfit you have in your closet that makes you look fabulous and feel like a rock star? Maybe it’s your perfectly-tailored interview suit, a little black dress or that one pair of jeans that makes you look like arm candy, but you know what I’m talking about. You want everyone you […]

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Bourbon-Preserved Sour Cherries

July 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Bourbon-Preserved Sour Cherries

“Abra, abra-cadabra….I wanna reach out and grab ya…” I sang softly to myself on a rainy Saturday while pitting sour cherries against a soundtrack of insidious earworms thanks to a marathon 80s #1 hit countdown with WXPN, our favorite public radio station. Sour cherries have a season that’s as fleeting as an 80s one-hit wonder, available for only 2-3 […]

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What You Need to Know About Bottled Water

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
What You Need to Know About Bottled Water

Recently, California-based Niagara bottling company issued a recall of its bottled spring water following an E. coli scare at two of its plants. Niagara bottles for some 15 other store and private brands. I drink water all day long and unless I’m enjoying a cocktail, it’s my go-to beverage. News of this recall got me thinking about […]

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Roasted Snapper with Harissa, Potatoes and Spring Onions

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Roasted Snapper with Harissa, Potatoes and Spring Onions

What could be better than a one-pan meal with a short list of ingredients that add up to dinner greatness? When the weather’s nice, there’s too much work to do in the garden, too many hummingbirds to watch, and too many mojitos to enjoy poolside to be stuck in the kitchen all day or chasing down […]

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DIY Hand Soap

June 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
DIY Hand Soap

On the continuum of green living, Mr. President and I are somewhere in the middle. When I began sharing with you my dreams of living more sustainably, I reasoned that it’s the small changes we make that, cumulatively, can have a big impact on our world. I am keenly aware of my still-too-big environmental footprint, […]

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Spring Vegetable Risotto

June 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spring Vegetable Risotto

I put risotto in the same bucket as frittata. If you have eggs to make a frittata, you have a meal. If you have arborio rice in your pantry, you have a meal, too. Both dishes can be made with whatever fresh produce you have on hand from your local farmer’s market or even your […]

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Asparagus Refrigerator Pickles

June 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Asparagus Refrigerator Pickles

Asparagus ranks high among foods that should only be eaten in season. The quality and flavor of asparagus that’s in season in your area is far superior than supermarket asparagus any other time of year. It’s too bad asparagus season is short, maybe 4 or 5 weeks where we live. And, I eat loads of […]

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