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Pesto tarte soleil: how to look impressive with little effort

If you want a dish for holiday gatherings that will make you look like a fantastic pastry chef but involves minimal time and skill, take a (basil) leaf from my book and make tarte soleil! This is a sun-shaped puff…

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Kale: It’s All the Rage

This is a guest post by Kurt Jacobson, who runs the Fast and Furious Cook blog. Thanks, Kurt!* I just got back from a class about cooking with spices at the International Culinary Center in New York City. At the…

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Adventures with purple sweet potatoes

You’ll probably hear from me several times on this topic, but to start with: I am digging my All Purple sweet potatoes. I grew a couple plants of this variety last year, which didn’t produce much, but I liked the…

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Yes, we have strawberries

Strawberry shortcake with ourhome-grown berries We’ve been eating strawberries fresh picked from our backyard garden—first just plain berries—then on cereal, pancakes, and waffles—on shortcake with milk—and under vanilla ice cream.  We’ve made a batch of freezer jam too.  We’ve given…

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Kale Soup for National Soup Month

January is National Soup Month. (Big Surprise – it’s also National Hot Tea month, something the Grow It Eat It crowd can plan for next summer when the mint and raspberry and strawberry leaves are available). “Soup, “ according to…

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End of Season Reflections on Bitter Gourd

Last year I taste tested bitter gourds prepared a few different ways and it drew so much attention that I found myself writing down recipes that would never have been recorded. Despite all that creativity, I noticed that my family’s…

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Local Field Trip for Food Preservation

Montgomery County has a growing number and demand for community gardens. As a Master Gardener and someone who wants to grow at least some of my own food I was thrilled to be able to attain a spot at the…

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