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  “… asparagus, tinged with ultramarine and rosy pink which ran from their heads, finely stippled in mauve and azure, through a series of imperceptible changes to their white feet, still stained a little by the soil of their garden bed….” Proust has it right concerning the joys of asparagus. My idea of the perfect […]

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Chive Flower Vinegar

Chive flower vinegar is delicious and easy to make! Pick fresh chive flowers. Pack a clean jar two-thirds full with the flowers. Add white vinegar. Let sit for two weeks in a cool, dark place then strain and enjoy! Someone just commented that they like making a chive butter too.  What do you like doing […]

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Rhubarb Crisp

The rhubarb is exploding out of the ground – it’s time to make a crisp!  There are many ways to eat this tangy plant but my favorite way is in a crunchy, nutty, sweet and sour dessert. Ingredients: Fresh rhubarb stems 1/4 cup tapioca or flour for thickening the juices 2 cups sugar One cup […]

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Focus on Rhubarb

From being a humble plant that outlasts everything else planted in a garden, rhubarb has become fashionable; it now takes a center role in zingy cocktails, is partnered with various fruits in jams and is a favorite for desserts. Happily it still is very easy to grow.  Find a spot in your yard that gets some good […]

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Ginger Bug!

This zesty fermented drink is the base of a great ginger ale or beer.  You can also use it for rhubarb or other flavored sodas. Making it is a easy as chopping up some ginger, putting it in a jar, adding dechlorinated water and some sugar.  The recipe calls for two teaspoons of ginger, two cups water and […]

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I’ve been cleaning out the beds for spring planting and the over-wintered kale had to go! Luckily after a few frosts the leaves are almost sweet and quite tender.  The flower heads taste a lot like broccoli and are delicious as a salad or stir fry. Ingredients: Kale flowers and leaves, 4 cups Canola oil, […]

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Oranges are in season right now and staying inside on a cold, rainy day to make marmalade is a great way to pass the time.  Your whole house will smell wonderful! Peel the oranges by scoring the orange and carefully peeling off the skin. Peel off the white pithy part of the orange and save […]

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The Portage Bay Grange on Roosevelt in the University District, is a great place to learn skills, pick up high quality feed, get new chicks and meet great people interested in urban farming. Here’s an interview with owner and founder Kevin Scott-Vandenberge. UFH – What path led you to opening the Grange? My wife-partner Kirsten […]

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A cold dreary day like today calls for Beanier Brownies! They are fabulously easy to make and great for people who want to cut down on dairy and boost their protein and fiber intake. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the powdered brownie mix and put in a bowl. Open the can of beans […]

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Rising in the dark on the morning of the shortest day of the year I light the fire, grind fresh coffee and settle in with the dog to wait for the family to stir and the sun to come. I used to dread the dark and cold but over time this quiet part of the […]

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