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HIckory Smoked Potatoes - Great salad!!

 72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on March 3, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Four Beet Recipes to Brighten Late Winter

I could use a little color in my life, my landscape right about now.  I've got 4 recipes using beets, ranging from a vegan appetizer to a fast salad for one to a CSA Cookoff-inspired Hot Pink Mess of a main dish.

Get the details on…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on February 28, 2014 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Simple Dehydrated Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Here is a recipe I use to make salt and vinegar kale chips. More healthier than fried potato chips and taste good even using kale that sat around for a while.


10 oz or a "bunch" of Baby Kale

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1/3 Cup of Balsalmic Vinegar or 2-3 Tbls Raw Honey/Agave if you like sweet

1 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt

1/2 a lemon (Juiced). I used 1/4 tsp of lemon extract since I was out of lemons.


Mixing… Continue

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Cataloging complete.

Hm. Well. *contemplates*

The garden plan called for:






giant sunflower


multiple colors of carrot


summer squash

winter squash

yukon gold potato


sugar snap pea

oregon snow pea



acorn squash



Added by Jana Franzen on February 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Are you an "Extremist"? I prefer Rebel Gardener!

Originally shared @ Mary's Kitchen:


The time to sit idle is history.  Do you grow your own food?  Do you believe in making the world a better place for you and your family?  Do you have strong religious beliefs?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, the US…


Added by Marianne Smith on February 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


I suppose it is time to catalog what seeds I have and see how they compare to the "garden plan" I assembled. And when the snow goes away and it has dried up some, it will be time to go rake off all the beds and make sure the plan to work around the sewer line will actually work.

Technically, I think I can plant lettuce now. I've heard of people sowing the seeds on top of snow...

And I need to start collecting the supplies I will need to get that one domajiggy…


Added by Jana Franzen on February 16, 2014 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

6 Homemade Valentine's Treats Involving Chocolate

Need a last-minute way to say, "I love you"? We've rounded up links to six homemade Valentine's treats involving that most delectable of ingredients, chocolate(!), courtesy of the HOMEGROWN flock:

• Anne’s ultimate chocolate sweet potato pie

• Meredith’s…


Added by HOMEGROWN.org on February 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments


It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service.  So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches.  I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Pickled Fennel


Typically when I travel to near and far places, I take a yoga class at as many different studios as possible. This past week, I spent several days down in Atlanta, GA; amidst all the downward dogging, I couldn’t help but notice the plethora of fried pickles at several bars…


Added by Erin Urquhart on February 10, 2014 at 1:09am — No Comments

Using Diatomaceous Earth for Non-Toxic, Natural Pest Control

Originally shared @ Back to the Basics

Last year I offered a workshop for 10 Ways to Avoid Chemicals in Your Garden.   One of my absolute favorite options for non-toxic pest control is Diatomaceous Earth (DE).  It is so safe you can eat it. …


Added by Marianne Smith on February 7, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

DIY Tinctures and Herbal Info

Originally posted @ Mary's Kitchen



Added by Marianne Smith on February 4, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sun Oven Cooking

Sun Oven:

ok the sun oven did not work the day we planned it for. But it was not the ovens fault, I did not plan on the wind getting to high to keep the oven from blowing over. So the next bright day, my wife set it up with a pair of chicken breasts (Still Frozen!) and a couple of cups of Rice. approximately 3 hours later, we determined it was done, and it was brought inside for supper. Best we could tell, it should have been brought in at about 2 hours, we used slightly to…


Added by Rick Nichols on February 2, 2014 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Cinnamon Whiskey Jelly

Remember those individually wrapped fireball candies? They were always conveniently priced and placed at the local pool, theater, arcade, or some other fun concession stand. The countless times…


Added by Erin Urquhart on January 31, 2014 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

A Dozen Superbowl Vegetable Appetizers from my CSA and Beyond

Instead of sharing a pile of individual posts I figured I'd round 'em all up in one post. 

Left to right:

Fresh Tomato Pesto (I've got a jar thawing right…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 31, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Seed Starting Indoors

Originally posted @Back to the Basics

The most obvious place to start is SEEDS!  We use only non-GMO, open-pollinated, Heirloom Seeds.  Mary's Heirloom Seeds are all of the above AND they are un-treated!  Freshness of seeds is of utmost importance...And Mary's Heirloom Seeds…


Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

February Planting Information by Region

Originally posted @Back to the Basics



Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2014 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Posting Post

City Repair. Public Art in private spaces. Little Library.  I’m not sure what you would call it, but we completed our Posting Post this afternoon and it looks pretty fine.       

For years, I’ve admired the City Repair Projects in Portland, where neighbors come together and paint the streets, or build a playhouse, or create art out of recycled objects; I’ve even modeled my Honors American Literature final around the idea. Art that you stumble upon while running errands, art that makes…


Added by Charlyn on January 26, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Buffalo Butternut Squash Hummus

I spent last week bringing a little "Local Flavor" to #Appetizerweek, a multiblogger event complete with cookware/cooking tools giveaways.  Here is a vegetarian appetizer that can be customized with a variety of toppings to add flavorful vegetable options to your game day spread.  We added regrown celery from the garden (I've started more on the kitchen windowsill) but crumbled blue cheese and even cooked chicken would go well with this spicy sauce.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 26, 2014 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

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