How to Make Your Own Raspberry Liqueur

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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

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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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Making Crabapple Jelly

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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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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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Making Vegan Basil Pesto and Pickled Hot Peppers

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

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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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