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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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Acorns!

  Even the acorns are ripening early this year.  It takes some work to harvest and process these seeds but they are worth it. So how do you get the good ones?  You are looking for nuts that aren’t super bitter, don’t have a lot of worm holes in them and are a light color without cracks.  You […]

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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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