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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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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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