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Homemade Applesauce is Awesomesauce

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Homemade Applesauce is Awesomesauce

I had the pleasure recently of volunteering a morning to work (if you really want to call it that!) at the Ambler Farmer’s Market. My assignment? I was paired up with Torrie Frecon of Frecon Farms, the local farm that feeds my fruit obsession each and every week while the market is open. Torrie was [...]

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21 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
21 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes

I have a confession. Although I love eating and growing tomatoes in my summer garden, I’m completely OK with the thought that, until next year, I will not see any more fresh tomatoes stacked up on my wide windowsills or piled precariously in oversized bowls on the counter. In fact, I have already pulled out [...]

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How to Plant Bulbs for Spring Color

October 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Plant Bulbs for Spring Color

One of the things about gardening that drives me crazy is that it’s mostly about delayed gratification. Good gardeners often cheerfully say things like, “There’s always next year!” But, I want it NOW, I want it RIGHT NOW! Sigh. Gardening, like living with cats, is a great teacher of patience. Our yard and the Tomato [...]

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Simply Fabulous Apple Tart

October 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Simply Fabulous Apple Tart

For my 40th birthday (it’s “nunya business” how many years ago it was), Mr. President and I took a trip to northern California. We ended up in Big Sur, the place I’m now convinced I should have been born. This is also where I will be if I ever go missing. But, before that, the day [...]

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Fall Garden Chores Checklist

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fall Garden Chores Checklist

Fall is a very busy season in the garden. Long summers filled with battling garden pests, diseases, and weeds and keeping up with overly-abundant harvests leave me tired. Come fall, I’m ready to slow down, and I might even be fantasizing about lazy snow days. Even if you feel the same way, make sure you work [...]

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Tomato Envy? Not Me!

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tomato Envy? Not Me!

In life, your circumstances are often dictated by what you think about, dream about, obsess about, and bring about. For me, one such thing was an abundant tomato crop. After my first lackluster garden didn’t produce even enough tomatoes to make a decent caprese salad, I started reading and learning about growing tomatoes. This year, [...]

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Fall Gratin of Fennel, Apple and Potato

September 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fall Gratin of Fennel, Apple and Potato

An Indian Summer is like the puberty of weather. In the same way as adolescence, there’s an awkward disconnect between what’s going on in our minds and the physical reality of things. Take this past weekend for example. It came on the heels of several weeks of cool days and even cooler nights that got me [...]

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Growing Food and Independence

September 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Growing Food and Independence

As I get older, I get more reflective – I suppose we all do. I spend time looking back at chunks of my life, and I recognize common themes. Those themes teach me a great deal about myself. I’ve noticed that during the times I’ve been the least happy in my life, I’ve also felt too dependent [...]

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Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

September 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

While the abundance of fresh tomatoes is the big story in the Tomato Envy garden, there are other success stories too. I have more Chinese red noodle beans then we can eat, my fall veggies are thriving so far, and for once, I’ve been able to successfully grow eggplant. Eggplant is finicky and thrives in [...]

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The Fight for GMO Labeling: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

September 19, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
The Fight for GMO Labeling: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the fight to get GMO foods (genetically-modified organisms) labeled as such is a pretty big deal these days. Everyone seems to have an opinion, so I’ll share mine: I have not passionately joined the fight for GMO labeling, and I think we have a bigger fight in [...]

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