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Big Sur Forager’s Festival

January 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Big Sur Forager’s Festival

As a passionate lover of learning new things, my mother was not surprised when, on our recent vacation together in Big Sur, California, I declared, “Mushrooms are going to be my next big thing!” Months ago, I learned about the Big Sur Forager’s Festival on social media, and knew immediately that I had to get there. […]

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Pizza Wars Part II: Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

January 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Pizza Wars Part II: Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a wonderfully easy way to make homemade pan pizza – no fancy equipment needed – reminiscent of the Chicago-style pizza that was the second-best thing to happen to me growing up. The first best thing was when my mom agreed to let me start shaving my legs, […]

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Barley Risotto with Caraway-Seasoned Feta

January 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Barley Risotto with Caraway-Seasoned Feta

This time of year, I have an inner struggle about wanting to hunker down with some heavy comfort food – something blanketed with bubbly melted and/or burnt cheese – and knowing that I did just that yesterday. And maybe even the day before. This tomato-y barley risotto is plenty comforting without being too heavy. There’s […]

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Storing Garden Seeds

January 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Storing Garden Seeds

I tend to anthropomorphize things like my car (aka Baby Prius), houseplants, our cats, and even garden seeds. I have a hard time throwing seeds away at the end of the season if I haven’t used an entire package in the small Tomato Envy garden.  I feel like I’m wasting, or even worse, killing, the […]

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Moroccan Spiced Beef Stew

January 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Moroccan Spiced Beef Stew

Now is the time, after the holidays, when people start to hate on winter. But not me! I don’t actually know what I would do without a proper winter, or the season’s easy, comforting food. With the garden (mostly) put to bed, it’s my time to relax, be horizontal on the sofa, and generally regroup […]

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Planning a Cutting Garden

January 6, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Planning a Cutting Garden

When I started Tomato Envy, I wanted to share ways to help you create a “deliberately decadent” lifestyle – the simple little things that add up to everyday luxury. One of my favorite everyday luxuries is fresh, colorful flowers throughout my home. Flowers are a special touch that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to […]

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Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

December 31, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Beware the thought-provoking book read while you’re relaxed enough to be open minded – it just might change your life! Or it could at least make you seriously doubt conventional wisdom. This happened to me recently. I am trying on a new attitude and I wish to share it with you during this time of […]

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Pizza Wars Part I: Homemade Pan Pizza

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pizza Wars Part I: Homemade Pan Pizza

Second only to the long-running debate Mr. P and I have about about who loves the other more, the debate about thin vs. thick homemade pizza is a common one in our home. I like many things about living on the east coast: the people are rough around the edges but loyal and sincere, there […]

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Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

December 16, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

It was several posts on Facebook over the last several weeks that got me riled up. It happens every single year at this time, people sharing Christmas-themed images declaring proudly, “I say ‘Merry Christmas!’” For so many years, people have either been tip-toeing around the appropriate holiday greetings or shoving them down our throats. So, […]

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Homemade Eggnog: Holiday Social Lubrication

December 12, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Homemade Eggnog: Holiday Social Lubrication

I have mixed feelings about the holidays. I like the idea and original spirit of them, but I often feel like much of the fun and purpose has been lost in all the stress, panic-filled trips to the mall, and forced socializing. So, even though I’m not a traditional sort of person, I find myself […]

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