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Friends have been telling me about the virtues of Pomona Pectin for quite a while. I recently got some from PCC, and now I’m hooked. Because it doesn’t require sugar to jell, you can easily vary the amount of sugar you use or you can use a different sweetener all together; the result is a […]

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Dried Apples

The apples on my front parking strip are starting to fall and people are asking if I am going to pick them or can they have them.  It’s time to do something with those apples!  Over the years I have made apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling and several other types of apple based […]

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I went on a hike today in the South Cascade Range Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and everywhere I looked were more blueberries than I have ever seen before.  Yippee!!!  Wild blueberries and huckleberries are a bit more tart than their domesticated cousins but they are packed with flavor and have been dubbed “nature’s anti-oxidant super […]

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Making Pickled Beets

It’s wonderful to pull out a jar of home-grown, home-canned pickled beets for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  They are very easy to make, so get your canning supplies ready… First you pick the beets. Then you either cut the tops off to stir fry or, if you have goats or chickens, they love them too! Once […]

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Sun Tea with Fresh Herbs

Sunday it’s supposed to hit 90 degrees!!!  Pure heaven for this Arizona desert rat and high time to make sun tea.  My favorite way to make this popular summer drink is to take a couple of bags of high quality black tea and throw in a generous handful of fresh herbs.  You can use traditional […]

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Today is National Zuchinni Day and our lovely hot summer is resulting in huge amounts of squash and zuchinnis pouring out of the garden.  What to do?  Get creative with these delicious recipes shared by P-Patchers. From Karyn Brownson here’s a recipe adapted from allrecipes.com by members of the Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Cooking […]

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Rose Hips

Growing up in the desert in Arizona rose hips always sounded so exotic but now that I live in the Pacific Northwest I can find these vitamin C rich tasty fruits everywhere. While all bushes make hips, Rosa rugosa is the variety that has the biggest, sweetest fruits. They are ripe now and can be […]

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Oregon Grape Jam

Walking to work last week I had jam on my mind and my eye open to see what fruits were ripening.  The Oregon Grape in the park near our house was a luscious deep purple blue color and the berries were just a bit soft to the touch. On the way home I picked some berries then made […]

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A summer staple for my family is a hearty garden fresh potato salad.  We have this sustaining dish with almost every outdoor meal and prepare it for guests as well. Walking through the garden I found onions, nasturtium flowers, peas, purple potatoes and new eggs from the hens. Ready for 4th of July picnics it’s time […]

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Summer is finally here and the raspberries are ripe and ready!  Turning the berries into jam is an easy, almost magical process that brings back the flavors of summer deep into winter. Of all the jams I make raspberry is by far the one that people like the most. This is great as it’s also the […]

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