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Time to Plant Mint

By Linda Hoffman | April 4, 2013

Mint is one of the herbs I just don’t live without.  It’s an herb that can take over the garden, however, so it’s wise to plant it in a pot, then sink the pot into the garden to keep the underground stems from spreading.  Both spearmint and peppermint are valuable herbs, attracting beneficial insects to…

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Whole Foods Help Us to Regain our Good Health

By Linda Hoffman | April 2, 2013

  There isn’t any one book that has all the answers.  But a book worth reading if you are dealing with gluten issues, allergies, diabetes or candida overgrowth is Reclaim Your Health Through Healing Cuisine by Mary Fran Petaja.  I don’t agree with everything this book recommends.  I never heat flax, either seed or oil,…

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

By Linda Hoffman | March 22, 2013

This recipe is easy to make with just a few ordinary ingredients, nothing exotic, and the result is rich chocolate flavor that satisfies.  Not too sweet, but oh-so-chocolatey, and it makes 8 servings.  I’m a believer in using what I have on hand rather than making a special trip to the store.  I had Ghirardelli’s…

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Mandoline

By Linda Hoffman | March 22, 2013

A tool that I love to use, that makes super thin slices quick and easy to create, is the mandoline.   Granted, good knife skills facilitate slicing, but to make consistent, equally thin slices and do it quickly, nothing beats the mandoline.   They used to be very expensive, and some models still are, but I purchased…

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Making Pie Crust

By Linda Hoffman | January 30, 2013

The last pie crust he made went straight into the trash!  He’s the cook in the family, does all the cooking for himself and his wife.  Completely frustrated by pie crust–this from a man who makes profiteroles, for heaven’s sake–he had just about given up and decided to use store-bought crusts.  For Christmas, his wife…

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Winter Seed Sowing: Making Mini Greenhouses

By Linda Hoffman | January 21, 2013

Winter Sowing I subscribe to a blog by Kevin Lee Jacobs called “A Garden for the House.”   His most recent entry showed a way to winter sow seeds that is easy, inexpensive, and very successful.  I don’t have garden space for a lot of vegetables, but I do have room for quite a few pots. …

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By Linda Hoffman | January 15, 2013
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By Linda Hoffman | January 15, 2013
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In the Library…January

By Linda Hoffman | January 15, 2013

A fascinating book I’m reading now: The 30 Day Diabetes Cure by Dr. Stefan Ripich, ND, CNP, with Jim Healthy™.   It is a book that documents the way to heal Type II diabetes with diet and exercise, and Dr. Ripich says he’s never had it fail with anyone who’s followed the regimen.  Not once.  It…

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By Linda Hoffman | January 15, 2013
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In The Garden

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

The birds are eating me out of house and home this frigid week, with black oil sunflower seed evaporating from 3 feeders daily.  I could easily fill them all twice daily, but am now limiting it to once a day.  The tiny thistle seeds so coveted by American Goldfinches last longer, even with a lot…

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Linda’s Fish Chowder

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

Most of us make New Year’s Eve or Day one of celebration with family and friends.  I like to use New Year’s as a time to review my plans and goals for the coming year, to be sure I’ve set the ladder I’ll be climbing against the right wall.  I love this day and look…

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