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I am working on a thesis for my public health degree and when my mind wanders it goes towards luscious sweet things.  I have been experimenting with herbal caramels for a while and they are delicious.  You can use almost any herb such as rosemary, thyme or lavender.  Today I tried using green fennel seeds […]

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Plum Crazy

With all the heat this summer the plums are ripening sooner than usual.  Yippee! I never really understood the term “plum crazy” until this year’s banner harvest; I can’t stop picking when there is ripe, juicy fruit to be had and every possible space is covered with some plum related project. “Are you nearly done?” […]

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This year is incredible for tomatoes.  So incredible that for the first year in a while my family can’t keep up with the bounty.  The cherry variety is especially sweet and tangy dried.  These little gems can then be used in sauces, marinades, soups or any other place you need a little burst of summer […]

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Plum Torte

I dream not in sugar plums but in Italian prune and this year my dreams are all coming true; the neighbor’s tree is bursting with succulent blue fruit.  I harvest the plums in succession for each recipe tastes best with a different level of tartness. First up are the wonderful New York Times Plum Tortes. […]

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Last night I went out into the garden and was amazed at how much was ready to pick.  I know people here in Seattle have not been thrilled with this year’s hot summer but it has done wonders for tomatoes, squash and other warm season crops. With a basket full of squash, beans, herbs and […]

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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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