14 Apr 2014, Posted by Victoria in In the Garden, No Comments.

winter lessons: herbs


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After a fabulous weekend in the garden, I came away with a few lessons that I hope I've learned and won't soon forget. This winter was particularly tough on my garden, and I think the culprit was ice. Lesson 1: Rosemary isn't so tuff afterall. Both of my prostrate rosemary plants, rosemary in the ...

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21 Jan 2014, Posted by Victoria in In the Garden, No Comments.

january garlic shoots


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On this snowy day I'm thinking about garlic. In the fall, I relocated my bulbs from my deck to my front garden, where sunshine is found all winter long. Six cloves per planter could yield 18 heads. Not as much as I'd like, but if they do well then more will be planted autumn ...

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14 Jan 2014, Posted by Victoria in In the Kitchen, No Comments.

Smoothie Making 101


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Santa brought me a new blender this year - so it's time to rethink smoothies and add some green too! I started with some of our fav flavors, blueberry, pineapple & banana. For the kid smoothie I only added a touch of kale, for the adults we had almost 2 cups of torn kale leaves ...

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09 Jan 2014, Posted by Victoria in In the Kitchen, No Comments.

turkey soup w/ a thai twist


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Now that its officially winter, I'm digging into my freezer for weekly soup ingredients. This week I found turkey, chili peppers, ginger & lemongrass. A trip to Trader Joes finished up the rest of my soup needs: miso ginger stock, rice noodles, limes, sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy & scallions. You can use whichever ...

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08 Jan 2014, Posted by Victoria in In the Kitchen, No Comments.

1.76 pounds of paprika


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To be precise, it's spanish pimenton dulce (sweet paprika.) For years, pimenton has been a staple in my spice rack, along side cumin, coriander & turmeric. We use it in homemade chili powder, as well as tex mex, indian, spanish, mexican & asian dishes. I'm not sure if I can get through a pound & a ...

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