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Magpie Ima
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  • Portland, OR
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Christene commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Slow'
"I did the same sorta but instead of drizzling with olive oil I put them in olive oil to store so I will have my tomatoes for pizza's omelets and other things and then a great cooking oil or dipping oil"
Aug 12, 2011
marie bittner commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Slow'
"This sounds so good and my tomatoes in the yard are just  about ready this sounds like less work then canning them  thank you"
Aug 11, 2011
Magpie Ima replied to David Branagin's discussion 'What's your favorite book available on canning (or food preservation in general)?' in the group Food Preservation
"I  don't love the Ball Blue Book because of the huge amounts of sugar and chemical pectin which make jams taste pretty much like store bought to me so why bother?  That's my philosophy anyway.   I read every new preserving…"
Jun 25, 2011
Magpie Ima posted a status
"Today is all about strawberry jam! I'm using the Classic Strawberry Jam recipe from Canning for a New Generation and making 4 batches!"
Jun 25, 2011
Magpie Ima commented on Christa Nelson's blog post 'making homemade apple sauce and apple butter'
"I love using my crockpot for preserving: applesauce/butter, tomato sauce, chutneys--couldn't be easier!"
Oct 5, 2010
Simona replied to Magpie Ima's discussion 'Just Saying Howdy"!' in the group Cheesemakers!
"Hi, I just joined the group. I have been making cheese for two years now and have been chronicling my adventures on my blog. The posts that talk about cheeses I made and dishes I prepared using them are collected…"
Aug 2, 2010
Magpie Ima replied to Cornelia's discussion 'HOMEGROWN Holiday Swap' in the group Resurrect the Barter!
"Oooh! I'm in! I have lots of different half pints of fruit preserves to share: apricot jam, peach butter, blueberry marmalade, cranberry marmalade, and more."
Nov 16, 2009
Magpie Ima joined Torry's group

Resurrect the Barter!

Linking people together to trade farm goods. Variety is good!See More
Nov 16, 2009
aaba commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"BE CAREFUL! H1N1 is NOT like seasonal flu and elderberry extract will actually worsen the illness. The short story is: H1N1 strain of flu stimulates high levels of inflammatory cytokines and creates what is known as a 'cytokine storm' in…"
Oct 16, 2009
Cassandra commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"I'm looking forward to hunting some of these berries down myself! Two years ago my granddaughter got the flu shot after I told my daughter not to get it for her. It was in March and the entire house was sick after not having any problems…"
Oct 13, 2009
Cornelia commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"You know, we were all in St. Louis last week and a few folks had already been struck down with the plague. I went to a local health food store and they recommended an elderberry/zinc/echinachea tonic. Didn't taste too bad and we never caught…"
Oct 9, 2009
Linda L Gregorian commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
Oct 3, 2009
Joanie Landry and Magpie Ima are now friends
Sep 10, 2009
Magpie Ima commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"Joanie-- She calls it Hair Raising Cider in my book. Nasty, nasty stuff. I know it's good for me but I seriously can not choke it down anymore!"
Sep 9, 2009
Joanie Landry commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"I order dried elderberries from The Herbalist (theherbalist.com) in Seattle ($2.33/oz) when fresh are unavailable. Since it takes only 1/2 cup berries per 3 cups of water and 1 cup of honey, the cost of making this wonderful remedy is so much less…"
Sep 9, 2009
Magpie Ima commented on Magpie Ima's blog post 'Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!'
"My son just did the math. He figures that for the price of a bottle and a half of Sambucol, we now have enough berries for about 30 bottles worth. Yeah, I kind of think it might be worth putting in a bush or two."
Sep 4, 2009

Profile Information

What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama, Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
A bit about me:
A mother of 3 and a maker of things just trying to keep all the balls in the air
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Curry chicken salad with home made bell pepper and apricot chutney, cumin scented basmati rice, fresh fruit salad, and cheater's mango kulfi
Currently reading:
Depletion and Abundance, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner
Currently listening to:
Joe Strummer, Manu Chao, DJ Rekha, Bollywood soundtracks,
My latest DIY project:
Cheese! Fresh cheese from local, raw goat's milk. Yum.
Web site I recommend:

Magpie Ima's Blog

Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!

I wanted to let you know about my recent experience making my own anti-flu medicine because I am just so thrilled to be able to make a proven antiviral flu remedy for a mere fraction of the cost of the commercially prepared variety.

Elderberries grow on tall, spindly bushes and the tiny dark blue-black berries develop in clusters after the feathery flower fade. Elderberry bushes are apparently quite easy to grow so I will be looking to add one to… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 2:04pm — 8 Comments


I have been reading about slow roasted tomatoes for years and I don't know why it took me so long to jump on the train with all the cool kids, but I am here now! Let me tell you, these things are a revelation. Everything good about tomatoes is magnified in the slow roasting approach, turning a perfectly serviceable Roma into a thing of brilliance. Think of the depth of flavor in a good quality tomato paste, but sweeter, and with the added fragrance of… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Funny Carrots

Our recent CSA box provided new potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, berries, cauliflower, and carrots.

I've seen carrots with legs before....

but never carrots that had to pee!…


Posted on August 18, 2009 at 3:48pm — 2 Comments

Easiest Tomato Sauce Ever

I originally posted this last year on my food blog Magpie Eats but I thought I'd re-post it here in the hope that some of you would find it useful. This is still a brilliant way to capture summer goodness and I have a batch bubbling away right now!

Is your garden overflowing with tomatoes? Mine is. Plus I was lucky enough to get a vacationing friend's CSA delivery for two weeks--more tomatoes! Though tomato sauce is… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 3:00pm

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 4:39pm on August 6, 2009, Cornelia said…
Hi there! Looks like you're off to a fabulous start here - welcome! What a lovely, yummy blog you've got!!
At 4:40pm on August 17, 2009, Aliza Ess said…
Thanks for your comment and links! Glad to see you joined the Urban Gardening group :)

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