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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 | 1 Reply 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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Controlling Aphids Naturally

August 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Controlling Aphids Naturally

A healthy garden is full of plants, rich soil, microorganisms and insects that coexist in a way that keeps everything in control. These natural checks and balances are important in organic gardening and prevent the need for chemical fertilizers, insecticides and weed killers. Sometimes though, harmful insect populations can get out of control, and you may [...]

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Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

August 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

One of the reasons I love gardening is that it reconnects me with nature. I’ve learned a lot about the process by which a seed becomes nourishing food, how the insect world has its own unique food chain and how creatures I once took for granted come to be. A few years ago, I had a [...]

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Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

August 1, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

Recently, I learned that Marisa McClellan, a Philadelphia-based food writer, canning guru, and person I wanted to meet was going to be doing a demo and book signing at my local farmer’s market. I was super-excited because I’ve been following Marisa’s popular blog, Food in Jars, for some time now, and it’s my go-to resource [...]

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Summer Vegetable Garden Update

July 29, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Summer Vegetable Garden Update

Although it came later than usual, summer is finally here with all of its heat, humidity, bugs, and fresh garden bounty. Maybe when I’ve been gardening for many years, I’ll get over my sense of wonder at how my baby vegetable seedlings grow up to produce food that’s far superior than the perfectly staged produce at Whole [...]

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Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

July 25, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

Here’s a stupid first world problem: I have too much fresh food. One of the biggest successes of my garden this year is the Satsuki Midori cucumber. Now that they’ve kicked into high gear, it’s not uncommon for me to harvest ten of these beauties at a time. When I planted my garden this spring, [...]

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