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Wanted: Your Favorite Winter Recipes!

Hi, HOMEGROWN friends,My winter CSA starts this week, and I want to do my veggies justice. I need your help! What's the best winter-friendly dish you've cooked this season? I don't know exactly what…Continue

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Recipe: Evaporated Milk Scones with Burnt Butter Glaze

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Recipe: Basic Pumpkin Pie


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Started Nov 22, 2013

How to Use Pumpkins
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Hi, HOMEGROWN friends. I'm trick-or-treating for good ideas: What do you do with all those pumpkin parts (guts, seeds, maybe even the gourd itself) after you've carved your jack-o-lantern? Please…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jan 14.


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Jennifer commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Chickens & onions & kitties'
"Love these windows into your day. Thanks for sharing!"
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Jennifer replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Raised Beds 101'
"Ellen: Are the top and bottom photos of the same plant?"
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"What a gorgeous idea! What kinds of things are the sunflowers strong enough to support?"
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"Cool. Can you give us a quick primer on how you do it?"
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CSA Cookoff: Purple Potato Gnocchi

"Erika: This was my first go, but it really did work like a charm—very tender. Since I haven't tried any other variations (yet), I can't say what made the difference, but I do know that I ended up using a lot more flour than some of…"
Jennifer commented on Kirsten Madaus's blog post 'Creamy {Home Canned} Tomato Soup'
"Fair enough! No need for you to give your spouse palpitations over a pressure canner—and no need for me to get greedy when you've already shared this delicious recipe! YUM. Thanks!"
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CSA Cookoff: Purple Potato Gnocchi

"i tried to make gnocchi based on a recipe by mario vitalli once and failed miserably.  it was like eating playdoh with tomato sauce. :/  i should have another go so I don't feel like a total failure.  everything else, I can make…"
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Jennifer replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Cultured Butter 101 (AKA Fermented Butter; Bonus Recipe: Cultured Butter Cookies!)'
"Tee hee! HOMEGROWN unofficial tagline: making your DIY to-do list just a little bit longer (and a lot more fun). I see you're a fermenter yourself. What's your latest project?"
Apr 16
Jennifer commented on Kirsten Madaus's blog post 'Creamy {Home Canned} Tomato Soup'
"Yum! Comfort food at its best and homiest! Just curious: Have you ever tried developing a ready-to-heat-and-eat home-canned tomato soup? If not, would you accept the mission (maybe this summer) for HOMEGROWN?"
Apr 16
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"Can't wait to see the "after" photo!"
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Lemon rosemary lamb

"Penny! I'm trying to pull together a few HOMEGROWN members' lamb recipes for spring. Would you be game to share details on how you prepared this?"
Apr 14
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Fig Tree

"Or at least a garden of eatin'! Can't wait to see how things develop. Thanks for sharing the pics!"
Apr 14
Jennifer commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Boners are awesome!'
"Snow. Oof. Enough already. Did your plants survive the hail OK?"
Apr 14
Laura Blum left a comment for Jennifer
"Jennifer, I have no clue where to start.  I learned to tend the garden, water, weed, etc.. when I was a small child.  the same with just about everything else I learned to do.  I grew up in the foothills of the Applachians' and I…"
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Native Texan, longtime Chicagoan, now a proud Massachusette with a mean pecan pie recipe, a penchant for screen printing, a halfway decent backyard garden, and a totally pathetic mile run.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
An endive and romaine salad with carrots and cucumbers alongside a zucchini-squash-tomato-basil tart: a dinner that would have used a little of everything from my CSA if I hadn’t forgotten the garlic. (Note to self: Remember the garlic.)
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At 6:42pm on April 13, 2014, Laura Blum said…

Jennifer, I have no clue where to start.  I learned to tend the garden, water, weed, etc.. when I was a small child.  the same with just about everything else I learned to do.  I grew up in the foothills of the Applachians' and I always loved to be around the older folks and listen to their stories and songs.  I learned to make molasses and apple cider.. I learned to butcher and cure my own meats.  I can also grow my own sheep or goats. Shear them.. card and clean the wool and then spin it.. and dye it using naturals dyes.   I really don't know how much I do or don't know.. But I do have problems when it comes to some things.. like leggy plants.. I wish I had a south facing window like my grandma did!!

At 8:57am on April 9, 2014, Joe Ronne said…
I live across Sheridan from Loyola University and yes .. The Blue Cheese burger is wonderful on the patio or by a fireplace in the darkened interior. My favourite place tho is Furama for Dim Sum
At 8:24am on April 9, 2014, Virginia Williams said…

Hello Jennifer, I am so glad to have found your site.  I have to tell you that I don't get any more housework done as I love reading all the comments and links.  Grin…I am sending family and friends your link.  

At 5:25pm on April 8, 2014, Lynne Campbell said…

I was cleaning out and uncovering some flowers that are starting to come up. I have day lillies, foxglove, echinacea, daffodils, tulips, and peonies. I usually add a few more every year. I also have a lot of hasta. My yard is mostly shaded by a huge sycamore tree. It is a great natural air conditioner, but makes it challenging to grow vegetables. I usually put veggie plants in containers on my front porch. 

At 3:27pm on April 8, 2014, Emily Akins said…

Thanks! Just posted an event for this weekend! :)

At 12:18pm on April 8, 2014, Joe Ronne said…
Hi Jennifer
I found you thru a A friend who sends me notices on Facebook.. Have enjoyed them so friended the sight. Living in a Condo with a small porch limits me to growing herbs but I visit the loacal farrmers market (Glenwood in Rogers park and one across the street run bu Loyola University) for all manner of homegrown food.
At 11:58am on April 8, 2014, Bill Graney said…

Thanks Jennifer, coincidentally I am planning to grow some pumpkins this year.   I made a pumpkin fondue in my wood fire oven for Thanksgiving last year that was a huge hit so I thought I would grow some pumpkins for that and I also like to brew a pumpkin beer in the fall.  The package of seeds say's about 100 days from beginning to end for pumpkins so I was planning to plant in the June/July timeframe. Will be happy to chronicle the experience if you're still interested at that time.  Bill

At 11:40am on April 8, 2014, Emily Akins said…

Oh, and just a quick note: I checked your resources page and noticed that you added the KC Food Circle to your Kansas page but not your Missouri page. I should have specified for you. We are actually in Missouri but we promote farms on BOTH sides of the state line. Could you add the KC Food Circle blurb to your Missouri listing, too? Thank you! 

At 11:32am on April 8, 2014, Emily Akins said…

I think I know who can help you with your How to Start a Community Garden for your 101 series! Here in KC we have the KCCG - Kansas City Community Gardens - which is a large community garden that offers plots to garden as well as seeds, tools, and know-how - all the resources someone might need to start their own community garden in their neighborhood. Here is their website - I'll see if I have any other contact info for them. www.kccg.org

At 4:23pm on April 4, 2014, Lynne Campbell said…

Yes, finally it has been warm all week. I was out raking up the rest of the leaves from the flowerbeds. It felt so good to get out. Hope the nice weather continues. 




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