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Homemade Marinara Sauce

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Homemade Marinara Sauce

I have just given myself a new title: VP of Tomato Management. I can no longer just call myself a decent gardener because the Tomato Envy gardens are a huge success this year. My raised beds are pumping out a wide variety of fresh veggies. And the tomatoes! I’ve harvested more than 200 pounds of them [...]

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How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware

September 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware

After years of coveting fancy, expensive cookware, I’m happily back to the basics of using a small collection of cast iron cookware for a good portion of our home cooking. There’s nothing quite like the timeless, rustic beauty of cast iron and it’s super-versatile. Use cast iron for making scrambled eggs, searing delicate fish, making jams [...]

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Pickled Nectarines

September 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pickled Nectarines

In life, things you’ve not yet discovered lie patiently in wait for just the right moment to suddenly start nudging you from all directions, begging for attention. That’s exactly what happened to me with pickled fruit. Pickled fruit, in general, is something that never really occurred to me until this summer. Maybe it’s because I over-grew [...]

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Time Management for your Ideal Life

September 2, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Time Management for your Ideal Life

Recently, after a conversation I had with someone about all the things I love to do – gardening, cooking meals from scratch, canning and preserving, vermicomposting, spending time outdoors, and running Tomato Envy – they asked me, “How in the world to you have the time for all of that?” Despite the fact that I have [...]

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Fresh Food Longer: Extend Your Gardening Season

August 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fresh Food Longer: Extend Your Gardening Season

If you’re a gardener, you know how fabulous it is to “shop” your yard for the highest quality food. It’s too bad spring and summer are over all too quickly! Who says your garden, and your fresh local food, have to be restricted to the warm weather months? With a few tricks up your sleeve, [...]

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Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes

Have you noticed a little bit of a tomato theme here lately? I’m knee deep in ‘em, people! The cooler weather, particularly the nights dropping down into the 50s, has slowed down the 14 unwieldy plants towering over the Tomato Envy gardens, but I’m still getting tons and tons of cherry tomatoes. Just last night, [...]

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How to Pack a Picnic: The Perfect Date

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Pack a Picnic: The Perfect Date

One of my goals this year was to come up with novel date ideas that Mr. P and I could both enjoy. With the weather cooling down in our area, it’s been so pleasant outside that I thought we should pack a picnic lunch and head out to any of the several lovely parks that are [...]

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Why Eat Organic Foods?

August 19, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Why Eat Organic Foods?

It’s a strange time in the world of food. On one hand, consumers have more choices, in terms of sheer number of products available, than ever before. According to the Food Marketing Institute, the average supermarket stocked nearly 44,000 items in 2013. On the other hand, our freedoms regarding food are getting more and more [...]

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Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

August 15, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

  What’s better than comforting tomato soup on a cold night? How about made-from-scratch fresh tomato basil soup bursting with the flavor of local, vine-ripened tomatoes? Now, imagine it’s already been made and all you need to do is heat it up! This soup is like summer in a bowl. I’m currently dealing with some extremely [...]

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CONTEST! Guess the Tomato Envy Tomato Harvest and WIN!

August 13, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
CONTEST! Guess the Tomato Envy Tomato Harvest and WIN!

I wasn’t always good at gardening. In fact, growing tomatoes proved the most challenging. Based on my past failures, I really over planted the tomato beds in the Tomato Envy garden this year – including 14 heirloom tomato plants started from seed. Like they say, “Be careful what you wish for!” The sturdy vines grew [...]

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