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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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The taste of fresh chevre is good beyond belief and when paired with fresh fall beets and pecans I feel like I’ve reached a gardener’s Valhalla.  Surprisingly it’s not that hard to make.  If you don’t have goats then check out your local farmers market. First your goat needs to give birth.  This starts her […]

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“Those pumpkins are going to invade Puyallup” said a small boy looking in awe at a pair of Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on display in the Agriculture building at this year’s Washington State Fair.  I had to agree that he had a point; they were huge and had the misshapen look of something about to morph […]

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What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine?  Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]

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Making Fruit Wines

We are just finishing the last bottles of our plum wine from two years ago and buoyed by our delectably intoxicating success are trying it again with this year’s large plum and grape harvest. I think we got pretty lucky the first time so this year I am doing more testing and measuring.  Here is […]

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