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Preserving Pumpkin (and 2 Recipes)

November 7th, 2012 · 17 Comments

It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for [...]

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Tags: bread, canning/preserving, garden, recipes

Eat More Kale: A Kale Manifesto With Recipes

October 12th, 2010 · 24 Comments

I have received more comments about this shirt than any piece of clothing I have ever owned:  my spiffy, turquoise EAT MORE KALE t-shirt.  People stare, laugh, turn their heads to watch me pass on the street, nudge their companions, make grimmacing kale-is-yucky expressions, and–best of all–stop to talk.  I hear that folks love kale, [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, garden, recipes, urban farming

Hand-y Berry Pickin’

September 13th, 2010 · 14 Comments

Yesterday as we finished our farmer’s market shopping (peaches!), Tom–who keeps close track of such things–announced, “This moment is the absolute peak of blackberry ripeness.”  Fortunately, we were ready–we never go anywhere during blackberry season without buckets and clippers (to cut away blackberry attack-branches) in the car or the bike basket. We picked loads at [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, foraging

Seed Saving for the Faint of Heart

October 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It’s the end of the harvest season, and although a great deal of my mind and energy is turned to enjoying the fruits of this year’s produce (today I’m canning applesauce and freezing pureed sugar pie pumpkin) already I find myself dreaming of the spring garden.  Part of this impulse, I realize, is inspired by [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, garden, seasons, urban farming

A New Way to Freeze Cherry Tomatoes: Tasty Herb-roasted Bites

October 3rd, 2009 · 24 Comments

We’ve had a great  tomato year–about as good as it gets in Seattle.  A hot summer, and warmth into the beginning of October (last year the green tomatoes practically withered on the vine in early August).  But autumn is truly with us now, and as I pick tomatoes this Harvest Moon morning, it is with [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, garden, recipes

Drying Food in the Dehydrator You Already Own: Your Car

August 25th, 2009 · 43 Comments

I’m on the road this week doing some author appearances so The Tangled Nest continues to be tended by guest bloggers. Today, a recent experiment by my husband Tom (aka Bikejuju): Thanks to our unseasonably hot dry summer, Seattle’s fruit trees are exploding with plums, pears, apples, figs, fruit of all kinds. Last week a [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, fruit trees

DIY Rubber Stamp Jam Labels

July 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Folks have been asking about the labels on our jam jars. We made them from Speedy Carve–an eraser-like art medium for creating your own rubber stamps. Our friend Audrey showed us how, and this was one of our first efforts.  We think they’re pretty darn cute. If you don’t have a crafty friend to teach [...]

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Tags: art, canning/preserving, craft

Homemade Jam: It’s Worth the Mess

June 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

To my mind, there are few sounds on earth more satisfying than the sweet plink-plink-plink that canning jars make as they seal.  Musical.  And filled with the promise of summer flavor for my family in the dead of winter. I have a kid who eats  “Deep PB and J” about 300 days out of the [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving

Picking Strawberries

June 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Saturday we all journeyed to the fertile Kent valley, south of Seattle, to pick strawberries at Lazy River Farm–a small, family-owned field of berries and flowers. The favored variety here is Benton, a sweet, flavorful berry well-suited to the Northwest climate and soil.  There is something about picking them yourself that makes them even yummier [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving