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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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Wanted Dead: Three-Lined Potato Beetle

June 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Wanted Dead: Three-Lined Potato Beetle

Every year, I learn many new things about nature in my garden. I also discover “new” garden pests that I have to control without nasty chemicals or killing the beneficial insects in my garden. During the summer months, this effort is ongoing. I’ve already started battling aphids and I know the Japanese beetles are on […]

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German Potato Salad

June 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
German Potato Salad

When I got married, I gained so much: bragging rights to the most awesome husband, a new and healthier set of life priorities, a pizza stone, a few pounds, three more beautiful cats, and access to a pickup truck. I also lost some things like funny blind date stories, a good bit of my cynicism, […]

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Lean On Me: Tomato Supports

June 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lean On Me: Tomato Supports

Ah…the taste of a summer tomato. Does anything else compare to plucking one of these beauties and snacking on it, still warm from the sun? I used to do this when I was a kid, and I still do it today. There is supreme gratification in growing these summer treats yourself. Choosing the right types […]

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Spring Vegetable Tart

May 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spring Vegetable Tart

Tarts are perfect for combining the season’s best ingredients into a single meal. Fresh asparagus and spring onions don’t just appear at farmer’s markets at the same time for no reason. They complement each other beautifully. This spring vegetable tart’s simple ingredient list works because you treat the ingredients in different ways to coax out […]

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Butter-Braised Radishes

May 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Butter-Braised Radishes

Is there any vegetable less glamorous than the humble radish? It grows in the dirt and most people have no idea what a good one tastes like. As a kid, I knew them as those red bitter things that were sliced paper thin and used to garnish crappy iceberg lettuce restaurant salad. In a feeble attempt […]

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Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

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Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

I’ve been thinking a lot about money lately – what it means, its power over us, and my relationship with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s complicated but evolving in a very good way. Right around the time I started writing this blog, I was discovering so many new interests and hobbies and […]

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