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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Stuffed Delicata Squash recipe, fall gardening,

I'm sorry, buttercup squash, but you are no longer my favorite fall vegetable. I have a new darling and it's name is delicata.  With a much shorter maturity date than other winter squashes and an edible skin, there are a lot of reasons to include this squash in a four seasons garden. Oh, and it is delicious!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beauty That Moves Blog Hop

Today I am participating in the Beauty That Moves Blog Hop, which celebrates the week's activity in the kitchen and the food created there.

Preserving herbs and eggplant, too

Frozen oregano, preserving herbs.

My culinary herbs grew really well this year and it would be a shame not to preserve them for use in the coming months. Herbs can make such a difference to meals cooked during the winter, when we are using much less fresh and more preserved ingredients. Capturing the flavor and aroma of the herbs is key and there are several ways I like to do it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One potato, two potato..

Beauregard Sweet Potatoes

Over the last couple of weeks, the pace of activity has slowed down in both my garden and my kitchen, and for that I am grateful. It is a cherished brief moment of time wedged between the fever of summer work and the preparations for winter. Mid-October is here all too soon and planning has to begin for the first frosts of the season, which for me can happen as early as late October. Break time is over and the clock starts ticking on harvesting, protecting and prepping before it is too late!

The next weeks will be about bringing in and preserving the remaining frost sensitive vegetables and herbs, protecting the veggies that will tough it out outdoors this winter, moving strawberry transplants, bed clean up and planning soil amendments and mulch.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sauce, Vinegar and Cake - How 'bout them apples!

Cooking with local apples
A few weeks ago I visited a local orchard with my friend Roda and came home with half a bushel of assorted eating and cooking apples. Making the most of this seasonal fruit is traditionally the start of autumn for me and I look forward to the time spent in the kitchen creating and preserving. There is nothing like the smell of cooking apples filling the house.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WADK "For the Love of Gardening" Radio Show Podcast - with me as the host!

Last Sunday, I hosted the first "For the Love of Gardening" Radio Show on WADK 1540 AM, out of Newport, RI. The show is a URI Master Gardener project and I am one of four rotating hosts!

Click on the link to hear the entire thirty minute show.

10/5/14 Preserving the Harvest
Using dehydrating and freezing methods to preserve fruits and vegetables.
My guest is University of Rhode Island Outreach Center Educator, Sejal Lanterman.

This project is a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to hosting the show once a month. As the shows become available I'll link to them through the tab at the top of the blog.

If you are local to RI, you can hear the shows as they air, if you tune in to 1540 AM on Sundays at 8:30am.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Harvesting Coriander Seeds and Honey Roasted Coriander Squash Seeds

Coriander seeds, harvesting seeds
Drying coriander seeds have almost an opalescent sheen.

Cilantro is one of those herbs that people either love or hate. I personally love it fresh in all kinds of dishes.It can be a frustrating plant to grow, however, because it goes to seed at the drop of a hat. I planted a lot of cilantro in my edible landscape this year and when it seemingly bolted over night I let it go.