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Basil - A Guide to Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking


As part of our ongoing commitment to become better people, my fiancé and I have joined the Urban Gardening movement. In our relatively small D.C. apartment living room, we have tomatoes, jalapeños, habaneras, and a variety of herbs. One of our favorite herbs to grow is basil, because it comes in so many […]

Tomato, Tomate


Summer may be drawing to a close, but it’s not too late to grab a little bit of sun-ripened deliciousness off the vine.

My grandma’s garden overflowed with plum tomatoes in varying stages of ripeness when I left for the west coast near the end of August. My mom had so many globes and cherries that […]

Growing Our Own Food


The price of baby food - the organic, affordable food that Paige eats - jumped 10 cents. Sugar has more than doubled in price for our small town. Gas is teetering on $4 a gallon. I talked about my fears last week . . . and they only seem to intensify as the days pass. […]

Plain Old Fruit Never Tasted So Good


To be honest, I had quite the pessimistic attitude when I first came upon these little pouches of fruit by Peeled Snacks. Packaged dried fruit, so what is new? It is just dried fruit, so simple, no wow factor … but to my complete surprise so [counter] revolutionary.
I used to be an avid dried […]

Stop Eating Unwashed Fruit


Tempted to grab an apple or pear at a farm’s roadside stand and sink your teeth into it? DON’T! In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, they assessed the risk factor of various actions, eating unwashed fruit being one of them, and it received their highest risk factor rating. As they […]

Higher Antioxidant Levels Found in Organic and Spoiled Produce


As the organic vs. conventional battle rages on, a major new study awards yet another victory to organic produce and dairy. But oddly enough, organics may not be the only antioxidant heavyweight. Look deep within your produce bin to discover the ignored fruit and vegetables that are just a bit past their prime, and you […]

Yams … Getting Out of the Candied Rut


As a child I loathed holiday meals. The turkey was always dry, I hated the consistency of mashed potatoes, and that awful orange-colored dish was always sickeningly sweet. As I grew older I learned that this strange orange-colored dish was actually an American tradition. Yams as they were called (though they were […]

How to Make and Freeze Pesto


If you’ve been trolling the blogosphere lately, then you know that food bloggers everywhere are roasting and canning and preserving summer produce for the winter. Who can blame them? Come January, they’ll be noshing on summer corn and tomatoes, which is a real perk when it’s 15 degrees outside. I know what I’ll be enjoying […]

Spring Is The Time for Asparagus


One of my favorite times of the year is spring. I believe a lot of my feelings about this time of the year are connected to childhood memories of gathering wild spring greens and asparagus with my mother. When winter was waning, I would begin to ask my mother when we would stalk wild asparagus. […]

Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


Many people shy away from buy fresh fruits and vegetables because of their reputation of spoiling before you get a chance to eat them. You can avoid this trouble by storing your fruits and vegetables properly so they stay fresh and tasty for as long as possible.

Here are some easy tips:
On the counter, out of […]