The 2016 Garden Plot Harvest

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Somehow I never got around to posting photos of the harvest this year, so I’ll post them all now as a yearly summary. As you can see, my eggplants did the best. I finally got a watermelon to grow, although I think it was under-ripe when I picked it. I didn’t take photos of all the butternut squash, but those […]

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CSA Box Week #6: Roasted Squash and Smoky Maple Green Beans

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So this week has been fairly uneventful. The CSA Box has the usual items. I kept things simple. I steamed the broccoli, blanched it, then froze it for later use. I made the usual snacks and meals with the onions and potatoes and salad greens. I had a bunch of green beans leftover from last week, and I managed to […]

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CSA Box Week #5: Roasting Tomatoes and Harvesting the Garden Plot

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Normally when I pick up the CSA box, I stop by the garden plot on the way home. This week is a bit more exciting than usual because the pumpkins are almost ready, and I want to see how orange they are. When I got to the plot, I propped my bike against the patio table and took a look […]

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CSA Box Week #4: Hooray, a butternut squash!

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Just when the weekly CSA produce was starting to feel monotonous, something changed: we got something different!! It’s a butternut squash!! Okay, so it’s true that we got more stupid cabbage and green beans and broccoli. But the addition of a butternut squash makes it all worth it. I roasted it and served it with margarine and corn on the […]

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CSA Box Week #3: Too many eggs!!

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So for week number three, I turned to some old-school recipes for help. I’m not used to cooking with the same ingredients week after week! We were inundated with yet more broccoli and eggs. As you can see, we also got corn, yellow beans, cherry tomatoes, raspberries, onions, and potatoes. It was easy enough to deal with most of the […]

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2016 Garden Plot Review, Surprise Plants, Butternut Squashes and a Ripening Pumpkin

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I can’t believe it’s September already! This gardening season is passing by quickly. Despite the challenges that I faced this season, there have also been rewards. Take a look at the plot and the transformation it has gone through. RIGHT SIDE OF PLOT At the size of 25 feet by 50 feet, the plot won’t fit into just one picture, […]

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

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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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How to make vegetable broth from veggie scraps

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Do you ever feel bad when you throw away veggie scraps, even if they are going into the compost? I know I do. It’s not as if there is anything wrong with the leftover bits of parsley and thyme, or with that one dinky carrot sitting alone in the crisper bin.┬áIt would be nice to do something with them, but […]

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How to Make Kimchi

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I keep hearing about fermented foods and how great they are supposed to be for our gut health. A good deal of this talk (from where I’m sitting anyway) comes from yogurt commercials. In these commercials, health conscious women walk around their kitchens talking excitedly about the health benefits of their favourite yogurt brand. Live cultures! good bacteria! Eat yogurt […]

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