Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

This recipe says bread, but in reality, it is more like a cake. But, we love it, especially for breakfast and snacks. It is light, fruity, and the poppy seeds give a refreshing crunch to the texture. Also, this bread is a great way to use up the zucchini that are probably coming out of…

Flavorful Plants: Paprika and Chili Powders

In the past few years, I’ve been planting more and more of our herbs. In the past, I’ve grown lots of basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, lemon balm, and oregano. These fresh herbs add pizzazz to our palates and are easy to grow. This year, I am trying a couple of new plants to fit the…

Book Review: Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide

I borrowed the Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski from the library a couple of years ago and loved it so much that I added it to my Amazon wishlist. This past Christmas, I found it wrapped underneath the Christmas tree. I didn’t even make it to New Year’s Eve…

Blackberry Muffins

This week, I used the blackberries to bake blackberry muffins for breakfast. While our family is not huge on breads, other than biscuits, these muffins were a huge hit. They are moist, tender, and fruity. They remind me, on chilly winter mornings, that the sun will shine again; we will be able to get out in our bare feet on hot days and fill our bellies with sweet, tangy blackberries.

Roasted Red Peppers

Despite the cool temperatures of fall, my Corno di Toro peppers are still bearing beautifully. They are beginning to turn a lovely red. I made a batch of roasted red peppers. They will taste so good in soups and veggies this winter! What you need: I had about a dozen large peppers, washed and dried….

Vegetables and Soil Quality

There’s a reason that we grow our garden in the same pen in which we keep cattle all winter. Did you know that the composition of the soil in which a vegetable is grown can alter it’s nutritional status? Plants grown in soil that is rich in humus and microbes will be more nourishing to…

Corn, Corn, Corn, Corn, CORN!

When the garden starts bearing, it seems like there’s not much time for any extra pleasurable activity like writing, even though there is so much to tell about. The last week has been a flurry of picking veggies, washing them, preparing them for freezing or preserving, and cleaning up the kitchen one more time. Saturday,…

Planting Again

Last night, I ran the tiller over a bed in the middle of our orchard. At one time, this bed held strawberries. I’ve also grown tomatoes, and more recently, I grew a mass of zinnias in this bed. So far this year, it’s just been weeds. This bed is going to hold my fall veggies….

What do farmers do when they can’t sleep?

This morning, my husband had to get up at 2:30 for work. There’s been an emergency situation sort of ongoing for about 5 days. Today, in the wee hours of the morning, they were working toward the final lap of getting the situation resolved. Anyway, after he left, I just could not get back to…

Dill Pickles

At my house, nobody likes fresh cucumbers. However, my family is crazy about dill pickles. Apparently, I make really good dill pickles. Oddly, I personally don’t care a bit for pickles of any kind. But I do love to feed my family and it’s much cheaper to grow my own cucumbers and make pickles for…

Green Beans From the Garden

One of my favorite flavors from the garden is fresh green beans. I grow bush beans for the most part, and I love gathering a huge double handful, taking them to the house, and eating them for lunch. Oddly, I’d never had fresh green beans prepared tastily until a couple of years ago. In the…