Category Archives: Cooking & food preservation

Pears

After waiting nearly two weeks for them to ripen, the above box of green Bartlett pears has been transformed . . . into 33 pints of canned pears. I do still find pears one of the most difficult canning projects, … Continue reading

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Yes, I can

We’ve had a bumper crop of Sungold tomatoes this season. The plants go all the way up to the top of the greenhouse (at least 12 feet up) and have been producing for weeks. Last weekend,  I picked two pounds … Continue reading

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August garden update: Potatoes, garlic, pumpkins, canning, sunflowers, and more

I’ve been MIA from my blog lately because I’ve been busy. As Toni at Backyard Feast points out, it doesn’t feel as though there are enough hours in the day during the peak summer months. A lot has been going … Continue reading

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Jam and this and that

Here’s my first batch of jam of the season. The kids are eating all the strawberries out of the garden as soon as they ripen, so we bought a half flat of strawberries from the Woodinville Farmers’ Market. I could … Continue reading

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Harvest Monday: Dill

Aside from lettuce, we haven’t harvested much this week aside from herbs. We used some parsley in a potato salad yesterday and also harvested some dill. I think we’ll use this on potatoes as well. All the herbs in our garden our … Continue reading

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Harvests: Bok choy, lettuce, and onions

Recently, I’ve been posting about spring gardening tasks. I haven’t been posting as much about our spring harvests, which really are more fun. Today, I harvested a first batch of bok choy to be cooked in a stir fry. Last week … Continue reading

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Halloween harvest

Another weekend, another harvest of tomatoes and peppers from the greenhouse. I’ve also been ignoring some cukes in the greenhouse because I got a bit sick of them this summer, but I decided to cut one up. The cukes are holding up well … Continue reading

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Squashed

Today was squash day. Not only did I harvest the few squash in the garden (it wasn’t a good squash year for us), Lily and I tackled the four sugar pumpkins I bought from the market. Lily was surprisingly enthusiastic … Continue reading

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And now I’m really done

I thought I was done canning for the season, but I came across an intriguing recipe for tomato jam on Salon.com. Derek wanted some, so I whipped a batch up. Now I’m done with canning for the year. For real. … Continue reading

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A day in the slow life

 Over at Backyard Feast, Toni put together a “A day in the slow life” meme and asked me to participate. In a follow up post, she wrote about The Paradox of Slow, which is equally as interesting. I pondered this topic earlier in the year … Continue reading

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