5-Minute Blender Marinara

Every Friday is pizza night around these parts. We like to offer a variety of sauces and toppings and let everyone design their own pie. When I headed into the pantry for a jar of my favorite marinara sauce, I found the cupboard bare. Yikes! The ovens were hot, the family was hungry and I had to do something-fast. Desperation […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, knowing how to pick the perfect watermelon is an essential culinary skill. With some sleuthing and a little luck, you’ll be enjoying slice after cool slice of nature’s summer candy. Examine the skin. Ideally, the whole melon will be a deep green. Most melons will develop a light spot while sitting […]

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How to Choose a Cantaloupe 

Picking the perfect melon can seem mystifying, but with these simple steps you will come away with a real winner nearly every time. Smell the stem end. All melons have a stem end as well as a blossom end. The stem end should smell fragrant and like a bowl of fresh cantaloupe. If it smells green it’s likely underripe. An […]

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Curried Lentil Stew

We’ve had a return of chilly weather, which means I can make soup for dinner a few more times before this year’s heat sets in and we only want to eat cold, green things for the next seven months.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat!  Soup is just so easy and satisfying, that it’s a shame to waste the […]

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Transplanting Your Seedlings

Young seedlings are the adolescents of the plant world. While they look like smaller versions of their full-grown predecessors, they lack the hardiness and strength to survive on their own. Use the following tips to take your seedlings from tender to thriving. Soil Temperature Soil temperature is the single most important factor to consider when deciding on a date for […]

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