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Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Broth

March 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Broth

People who are really into (insert obsession here) have a way of overcomplicating things or letting tradition and snobbery get into the way of good things. Is it high art or low art? Is he/she old money or new money? Is the wine a good vintage? Is the gnocchi made the way my Italian friend’s mom […]

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Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

March 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time! That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential […]

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Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

March 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

Succession planting is a valuable tool for managing the amount of food from your garden, minimizing potential food waste, and maintaining a gardener’s sanity.

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Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

March 9, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

During the first summer in our current home, we invited a realtor friend over for a glass of wine outside, the same friend that had sold us our fixer-upper. Cathy saw for herself the dramatic transformation our home and backyard had been through, including the addition of the large fenced vegetable garden. The vegetable garden […]

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Indian Spiced Meatballs

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Indian Spiced Meatballs

One of the things that got me googly-eyed over Mr. President when we met is that he knows how to cook. One of our early dates was Thanksgiving. He cooked the entire meal from start to finish including a butterflied roasted turkey, all the fixings, and a from-scratch apple pie, all served up elegantly in his […]

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Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

January 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

What can be said for tomatoes in winter? Nothing good, really. When I think of winter tomatoes, I think of mealy, pink, flavorless wedges atop bland iceberg lettuce salads at crappy restaurants. They’re the hallmark of bad salads served everywhere. Almost all of the sugars in a fresh tomato are produced within the last couple […]

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Book Review: Big Magic

January 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Big Magic

I am not a “resolutioner” when the new year rolls around because I have been a frequent victim of goal overload. However, I do look at each January as a time for reflection, introspection, and inspiration. If you need some of that right now, have I got a great read for you! I recently finished […]

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Mocha Banana Breakfast Smoothie

January 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mocha Banana Breakfast Smoothie

We’re firmly planted in mid-January, the time I suspect 75% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed. Why do we continue to fall short on our well-intentioned resolutions? There are so many reasons, but I think it’s because so many of them are far too ambitious. I gave up on making resolutions years ago, particularly […]

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Can Growing Food Save You Money?

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

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Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

There are few things I love more in winter than diving into a great book while lounging on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and, every so often, taking a break to peek out the window at the softly falling snow and taking a sip of heavy red wine. This year in the Philadelphia suburbs, winter […]

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