Preparing & Preserving

Hot Spiced Gluhwein for the Holidays

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the familiar spices that flavor our favorite cookies, breads, nuts and so much more. Here’s where these traditional spices originated and how to put them to use in a recipe for hot spiced wine. While you were mixing the ingredients for that batch of gingerbread cookies, did you wonder […]

Great Gobs of Gardening Books for 2013

New gardening books are published every year, but this crop is especially fruitful. If you need inspiration to help you add more vegetables to your family’s menu, look no farther than this new cookbook from the folks at the Baker Creek Seed Company. The cookbook, written by Jere and Emilee Gettle with Adeena Sussman, is a […]

Has it Really Been 4 Years?

Happy Fourth Anniversary to WesternGardeners.com! It was February 24, 2009, when I hit the “publish” button on my first gardening blog post. I wrote a short post about the predicted drought conditions in the West, with the headline: Warmer, Drier Forecast is Daunting! It seems like I could have written that headline yesterday, too. Over […]

Holiday Gifts from the Women’s Bean Project

A basket of gifts from the Women’s Bean Project is a meaningful (and delicious) way to celebrate the holidays. If you’re looking for some last-minute holiday gifts, purchasing products from the Women’s Bean Project is a simple way to spread the good cheer. Gourmet food packets of soups, chili, salsa and dip mixes, spice rubs […]

How to Make Vegetable Stock

Here’s a quick way to turn kitchen discards into a flavorful vegetable stock. The holiday season starts in earnest with Thanksgiving next week and I know that I’ll be peeling potatoes, chopping celery, dicing onions and clipping herbs. Instead of throwing away the potato peels or composting the celery ends, I plan to work some […]

15 Easy Garlic Recipes from Gardeners

More than 180 garlic-loving gardeners stopped by earlier this month for the online Garlic Planting Party sponsored by Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. Maggie Wann was selected at random as the winner of the Purple Italian garlic prize package offered here. Even if you didn’t win the prize package, there’s still time to order […]

How to Grow Tasty Tomatillos

Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the lively taste of tomatillo! While planting tomatoes this season, be sure to add a couple of tomatillo plants to your gardening efforts. Classic Mexican dishes need the lively taste of tomatillo to roast, grill or simmer into a chile verde sauce or use raw in salsa, guacamole or […]

How to Grow Tabasco Sauce Step 2

How to Grow Tabasco Sauce, Step 1, included information on growing Tabasco pepper plants from seed. Step 2 is an illustrated guide for using the fresh peppers to make your own Tabasco sauce. After the Tabasco peppers have ripened to the perfect color of red, pick them from the plant, wash, and carefully remove the […]

How to Grow Tabasco Sauce Step 1

This is the first of a two-part blog post on how to plant, grow and bottle your own Tabasco sauce. Well-known food writer Eugenia Bone once wrote there isn’t a condiment sitting in the refrigerator that can’t be homemade. That idea stuck with me last season as I was deciding what to plant in my […]

Aprons Ready for National Tie One On Day

Get your favorite apron ready. Tomorrow, November 23, is National Tie One On Day. National Tie One On Day was started by “apron lady” EllynAnne Geisel to help us put the giving back in Thanksgiving. Her idea is that each of us should use the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a time of sharing instead of […]

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