Archive for Seasonal Delectables – Page 2

Taming The Savage Beast – Taking Charge of Your Tummy Ache

It may seem too early to start planning for the ubiquitous holiday season post-meal bellyaches, but it never hurts to be prepared.   After all, you could just have an upset stomach well before Thanksgiving dinner.  There are many herbs and spices that we should keep on hand in the kitchen, not just for cooking, but […]

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To Carve or Keep – Are You A Pumpkin Carver Or Hoarder?

Pumpkins are still alive even after being harvested.  They release moisture from the blossom end, so whether you’re carving or storing your pumpkins, they need to breathe.  Setting a pumpkin directly on furniture or a non-porous surface won’t make your cucurbit happy, and it may not make your furniture very happy either. Pumpkins purchased from a […]

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Pumpkins – They’re Not Just For Pie Anymore

If you’ve only had pumpkin pie or bread made with canned pumpkin, or think pumpkins are only good for Jack-o’-Lanterns, we have some work to do here.  Fresh pumpkin in season, and roasted, steamed,or boiled pumpkin that has been frozen make our favorite native cucurbit available year round.  And the options for using pumpkin are […]

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The Warming, Tropical Fragrances Of Winter Blossoms

Not many of us have room for large collections of fragrant flowering plants to grace the dreary winter months.  Perhaps a workable alternative is the strategic placement of single plants, or small groups of plants to provide pleasing fragrance without them being cloying and overpowering. Here are just a few suggestions, focusing on white flowers […]

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Pumpkins 101

Pumpkins, which are squashes, are native to North America, and traveled first to France (where giant pumpkins originated), then to England, and then back into North America with the Pilgrims, in the form of pie filling.  Despite popular lore, pumpkin pie was not a part of our Thanksgiving dinner until the 19th century.  There is […]

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All You Can’t Eat (At Least Not Right Now)

So you’re up to your eyeballs in fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden?  You have some options here.  You can belly up to the table and eat ‘til you pop; give away all you can’t eat; preserve your harvest for later, or do a bit of all three.  Food has been preserved by fermentation, […]

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