Cross-posted from Local Me. Continue
No local food journey would be complete without preserving the harvest. Freezing, drying, pickling, and...canning. I grew up with dusty glass jars shelved like aged books below the basement steps, each lid personally labeled by my mom or an aunt.
I recently ordered canning equipment through Amazon.com and set aside time on a Saturday to can…
Added by Jay Geneske on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm —
PASTA MAKING 101
What does making homemade pasta got to do with gardening? Nothing! But a gardener’s got to do something in the dead of winter and I wanted to try out that new pasta machine that I got for a birthday gift in June. I thought it… Continue
Added by Jannine Cabossel on February 2, 2011 at 11:26pm —
Baby, it’s cold outside, but spring is just around the corner, so even if you don’t garden year-round outdoors, now is the time to prepare for spring. Getting a head start on the growing season indoors will insure your garden lights the landscape up come spring.
Make a list of what you want to grow, take inventory of what you have, then sit down with your seed catalogs and order what you want. Don’t wait too late in the season because not only might you be faced with items you want… Continue
Added by Sheri Ann Richerson on January 12, 2011 at 4:24pm —
Added by Lisa Balazs on August 21, 2010 at 2:11am —
Gather Up: Continue
1 Recipe Pastry Dough, rolled into a 12 inch round and chilled
1/3 cup fresh Basil Pesto
1 ½ cups fresh corn, blanched and cut off cobs
3 heirloom tomatoes, assorted colors, sliced
½ cup mild white cheese, Monterey jack or your choice
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan…
Added by Nancy on August 16, 2010 at 5:15pm —
Thanks to the Italians, once again, for a combination which remains classic for good reason. We owe tribute to the region of Campania, where sliced, sun ripened tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil leaves, were first layered with one… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on August 9, 2010 at 9:47am —
It’s ROUND TWO: Battle of the Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce. Tonight’s contender is a crowd favorite, champion of the “Cooked” Tomato. With lots of fans and lots of press this contender comes to the table highly anticipated.
This veteran competitor knows that garden fresh tomatoes must have a garden friendly recipe. The winner of this “Cooked vs. Uncooked” battle will… Continue
Added by Nancy on July 21, 2010 at 2:04pm —
It’s ROUND ONE: Battle of the Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce. In tonight’s corner we have “Uncooked.” But, uncooked doesn’t mean lacking. No, ma’am. I think you’ll find that this pasta sauce will put up quite a fight. In fact, if we were in some kind of “Farmer’s Market Boxing Ring,” I think the announcer would say something…
Added by Nancy on July 20, 2010 at 5:58pm —
The challenge: to make a meal with ingredients from this week's farm share. Share consists of: golden beets, baby carrots, strawberries, peas, arugula, broccoli, green leaf lettuce, collard greens, radishes and parsley.
The result: Braised radishes and peas, whole wheat… Continue
Added by Cornelia on June 25, 2010 at 9:05am —
One of my favorite ways to grow fall tomatoes is by tip rooting my summer tomato plants.
To tip root, you bend, or tip, a branch from existing tomato plants and bury it in the ground. Give it a little extra water to help out, and in a week or so the buried branch should start rooting. Once it appears that the new plant is growing on its own, you can cut it, detaching it from the old plant.
The same concept works great for suckers on your tomato plants as well. To start a… Continue
Added by michael on July 29, 2009 at 10:46am —
I spent the weekend starting lettuce and tomato seeds, tossing the worms over in the compost bin and setting up one corner of my kitchen for the future lettuce-growing and kombucha brewing operations. I decided to go to Bignamehomeimprovementcenter-with-an-orange-logo because they have a good selection of cheap fluorescent fixtures, bulbs, and doo dads. And there it was. Just as I walked into the garden section. I'd seen the TV ad. I'd even seen it in reputable magazines. The upside-down tomato… Continue
Added by Cornelia on March 3, 2009 at 1:21pm —
I started my first round of seeds today! Last fall was my first attempt at starting from seeds, and this is now my first spring.
My first round includes tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants and tobacco (why not? Although being careful to not pull a Homer and make tomacco
I started all these in one of those mini greenhouse starters. Anybody use these before?
Also going to direct sow some carrot… Continue
Added by michael on January 24, 2009 at 5:43pm —
Here it is, my last tomato of the season. I can't believe my plants were producing this long, but there's the Austin winter for you. Continue
And on the same week I'm starting…
Added by michael on January 12, 2009 at 3:05pm —