In The Garden

End of Summer…

By Linda Hoffman | September 10, 2017

Harvesting the end of summer tomatoes, sweet peppers and fresh herbs to make a fresh pasta sauce.  A little olive oil to cook the onion, garlic, and peppers with sprigs of thyme, oregano and basil.  I just lightly cook the tomatoes so they hold their chunky shape, using Romas, a gigantic yellow tomato, and a…

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Chile Peppers Explained

By Linda Hoffman | May 25, 2017

There is a bewildering array of chile peppers available to us at the supermarkets (and farmers’ markets later in the summer) varying from mild to hot to extremely hot.  Not knowing the difference can result in a surprisingly spicy dish when we just want a little “kick.” Chile refers to an individual species of pepper,…

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Zucchini Roll-Ups with Homemade Ricotta

By Linda Hoffman | August 6, 2015

Zucchini Roll-Ups are easy to make and a delicious way to use a bumper crop of the vegetable. Zucchini Roll-Ups 2-3 zucchini Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced Pinch red pepper flakes Homemade ricotta cheese, or store bought 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 bunch of basil optional: sliced mushrooms–a…

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April Snow…Not exactly al fresco weather, is it?

By Linda Hoffman | April 17, 2013

       

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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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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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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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