How to Make Your Own Raspberry Liqueur

So I’m a fan of cocktails (martinis especially), and I want to start making them at home. That may sound easy enough, but there’s a problem: Most cocktail recipes call for two or three types of liqueurs, and each bottle costs anywhere from 20 to 30 bucks. Is it really worth it to spend 100 bucks or more at the […]

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How to Grow Legumes: Yin-Yang Beans

Are you looking to grow something different this year? If you’re anything like me, you want to break the monotony of growing tomatoes, carrots, basil, and other common vegetables and herbs. Or, maybe you’re thinking of long-term survival strategies. As a fan of “The Walking Dead,” I cannot help but imagine the worst and ask myself how I would feed […]

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CSA Box Weeks # 7 & 8

The CSA share season is over now. We got tons of veggies for week 7 and week 8, including a spaghetti squash and a pie pumpkin. I didn’t do anything special with it, unless you count the pumpkin risotto that did not taste like pumpkin. I also played around with the cabbage and came up with filling for rigatoni. This […]

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Making Crabapple Jelly

Last month I volunteered with Hidden Harvest, an independently funded organization that harvests fruits and nuts from trees in Ottawa and donates a portion to local food banks. We went to Mooney’s Bay and harvested 197 lbs of crabapples. The camera on my phone unfortunately stopped working, so I don’t have any photos of the trees, but I did get […]

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Making Vegan Basil Pesto and Pickled Hot Peppers

Can you believe that it’s almost October? It seems like the summer passed by so fast. With the nighttime temperatures dropping, it’s time to start harvesting the cold-sensitive plants. I decided to deal with the plants at home first. Although I didn’t do much with the front garden this year, I did grow a large basil plant in the yard, […]

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CSA Box Week 2: What to do with beans and cabbage?

These CSA boxes remind me of Chopped, a cooking show where chefs are given mystery baskets with random ingredients, which they must use to cook a meal. Obviously, me receiving a CSA box isn’t the same thing as a televised cooking competition. However, I find myself saying the same thing that the chefs say: what the heck am I supposed to do […]

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CSA Box: Week 1

As part of my effort to support local farmers and to eat seasonal food more often, I’ve signed up for a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) box. That means that once a week for the next eight weeks, we’ll be getting a share of freshly picked veggies (and sometimes fruit) that were grown on a local farm. We also get a […]

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Spring pasta salad: Asparagus, basil pesto, and chive flowers

I put together this recipe one night while trying to use up the asparagus and cherry tomatoes in the fridge. The basil pesto adds healthy fat and protein from the olive oil and nuts, making it more filling than sugar-laden salad dressings. If using store-bought pesto, aim for a high-quality brand that contains pine nuts and olive oil (rather than […]

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