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2014 was a great urban farming year!  A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person. Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top. Here are the top […]

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Eggnog!

Every year we have a holiday open house and I make homemade eggnog.  This nog will  sustain one through the dark, cold days and bring holiday cheer to any occasion. First separate twelve egg yolks and whites then beat the yolks until thick and creamy. Next slowly add in a pound of powdered sugar and beat until […]

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Waking up last week and seeing snow my first thought was how beautiful it all looked and my second thought was that it was time to pull out the orange simple syrup from the candied peel adventure.        

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This time of year I love making candied citrus peels.  Sometimes we use the sweet sharp peels in cookie and fudge recipes and sometimes we just eat them straight.  You can also dip them in chocolate for a lovely blend of flavors. Ingredients: 3 thick-skinned organic navel oranges 2 1/4 cups sugar, plus extra for […]

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The season of wondering what in the world to give people for the holidays is upon us.  I really enjoy making people things but it can be a challenge to figure out something that people will actually like.  This has not always been something I have been particularly good at; I remember the year everyone […]

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It’s almost Thanksgiving and time to search the garden and plan out a backyard menu.  This year there are beets, apples and kale ready to be harvested, a pumpkin from a neighbor and potatoes and oats in the basement.  We’ll give the plum and grape wines a try too.  I’m ordering a turkey from Smith […]

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Fall is here and thats means apples.  Many of the apples grown west of the Cascades have scab or are infected with coddling moth.  The result is that apples that aren’t very appetizing to eat out of hand, but still can be used to make great applesauce.   You can also buy apples by the box at […]

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Here is an old family pumpkin pie recipe from my husband’s aunt, Betsy Stapleton.  She makes this for special events and it’s always a favorite.  Besides it tasting good, I like that it doesn’t use evaporated milk. Recipe Put in a frying pan: One large can of pumpkin puree One teaspoon ginger One teaspoon salt Two teaspoons cinnamon One pinch nutmeg Cook, stirring […]

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Each year I just can’t resist getting a big box of apples this time of year. It used to take me forever to carefully peel the apples, cut them up and remove the icky bits.  Last spring I went to a rummage sale and a friend handed me a weird looking contraption. “This is exactly […]

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With Elaine Corets Have you ever eaten quince?  Quince are in the Rosaceae family, as are apples and pears, and when ripe they are bright yellow and have a wonderful fragrance.  This fruit is a bit unusual in that it must be cooked before it can be eaten; when raw the flavor is astringent and […]

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