As many gardeners have come to learn, one cucumber plant can go a long way. Are you harvesting a lot of cucumbers from your garden this time of year? Maybe you are getting a bunch in your weekly CSA box. If you are looking for more creative ways to use cucumbers than just slicing them into a… Continue reading
Coleslaw is one of those dishes that seems to be on every summer potluck menu. And since I have a knack for growing big, beautiful heads of cabbage, I’m usually the one bringing coleslaw… Continue reading
Quinoa and Vegetable Stew
It’s that time of year. The 2017 garden is well underway. In fact, we’ve been eating spinach and lettuce out of the garden since March. But I have plenty of leftovers from the 2016 garden remaining in my freezer and pantry. And I’m still working on the tomatoes… Continue reading
Kale: From the Kitchen Garden to the Plate
I’ve always thought that a few kale plants in every backyard would go a long way toward solving world hunger. Kale is one of the easiest Brassicas to grow, and it grows prolifically. You can plant kale in the spring and, if you keep picking off leaves as they grow, the… Continue reading
When I was offered a copy of The Farmers Market Cookbook by Julia Shanks and Brett Grohsgal in exchange for… Continue reading
Radish = Spring
To me, there’s no surer sign that spring has arrived in the garden than the cherry red globe of a radish crowning the soil.
Radishes… Continue reading
Of loss and beef stew
There are many facets of loss you never understand until after a loved one is gone.
What I didn’t fully grasp when my mom passed away the day after Christmas was that I wasn’t just losing her, I was losing her cooking, too. Mom was… Continue reading
The topic of today’s blog post has nothing to do with chickens or gardening. Let’s face it, it’s January in Iowa and there’s nothing much going on outside. Instead, I am writing about a fun winter diversion that all of you foodies and slightly-competitive home cooks out there… Continue reading
Vegetable Rice Casserole: The inspiration
The fall garden gave up the rest of its bounty last week.
With six to eight inches of snow in the forecast (it ended up being nine), I harvested the remaining broccoli, cauliflower, and… Continue reading
Are you looking for an easy, crowd-pleasing meal that uses up a lot of veggies from your garden? A garden veggie taco bar may be just the thing.
On a recent summer family vacation that included three generations of my family, my siblings and I each were tasked with coming up with a different… Continue reading