Chili Rellenos

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No they’re probably not authentic. I think my grandma got the recipe from a lady who lived across the street from my uncle in Tucson. But hey, that’s not far from the Mexican border so they might be a *little* bit authentic. Anyway, they’re a standby around here at the…

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Sage Advice

There are things we grow around here that require a lot of special attention, careful tending, time, and attention (and I’m not just talking about Mr. Hoe). But sage is not one of them. And thank goodness for that because there is nothing I love more than a plant I…

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Zucchini Romance

Zucchini Romance: Or How to Be a Zucchini Sex Therapist. Zucchini are not air pollinated…something (usually a bee or butterfly) has to run around in the male blossom and then run around in the female blossom…tracking pollen with it. But because we’re short on bees, and in many areas, long…

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Tomato Powder…make it, use it!

If you’re canning or freezing whole tomatoes, you should be skinning ’em as part of the process. No I don’t know why, that’s just the way it is according to the books and smart folks like those at the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Anyway, you’ve skinned the tomatoes,…

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Early Tomato Blossoms

A quick note inspired by a trip to Costco yesterday. Here it was snowing and I was watching tons of tomato plants flying out the door. I can only hope those good folks keep them inside for another month! Anyway, the plants all had blooms on them, and first instinct…

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Coffee Outdoors…Do it!

I may get a little philosophical here, but I’ll keep it short. In this world, there is pressure to run, run, run. We live through our environment and not always in it. Things stream by us, sometimes unnoticed as we sprint around doing the things we do. That’s why we’re…

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Zucchini Pucks (Food and Potential Weapons)

You know how it is with zucchini. It’s more prolific than a rabbit on fertility drugs. And as with most veg, it comes ready to pick right in the heat of harvesting tomatoes, lettuce, and on and on. In other words, Ma Nature doesn’t take into account your summer vacation…

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Cilantro…one tough little seed

Last year we tried to grow cilantro for the first time. It’s the numero uno most popular fresh herb at the Hoemstead because…guacamole. Anyway, it didn’t work. The seeds didn’t germinate even after two tries. This year, new seeds from a different company and they came with different instructions. Here’s…

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