Cooking and Gardening


Cooking and Gardening

Cooking and Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes.  I love getting outside and tending to my herb and vegetable garden and cooking every chance I get; which is almost everyday when I am not out of town working!

Take a look at the Recipes I have cataloged.

Recipe Blog Posts

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

This is one of my favorite meals; so flavorful, moist and tender!  Served with potatoes, rice or grits makes for a relaxing dinner. Ingredients 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 medium onions, chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped … Continue reading Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

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Grandma’s Perfect Caramels

Soft, chewy, and melt in your mouth caramel is the perfect candy to set out for guests or gift giving. With only a few staple ingredients and a little bit of time, homemade candy has never been easier. Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ cup corn syrup ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup heavy cream … Continue reading Grandma’s Perfect Caramels

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Mom’s Shortbread Cookies

I was very lucky to have a mom who was not only a great mom, but a great cook too!  I always enjoyed the holiday season because mom and the other wonderful cooks in our family tree broke out their mixers, cookie sheets and delicious recipes. One of my all-time favorites was (and still is) … Continue reading Mom’s Shortbread Cookies

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Country Style Pork Ribs

Found a great buy on Country Style Pork Ribs and its hard for to pass that up.  A great Country Style Pork Ribs is about 1 pount per rib with fat marbled throughout.  Its that fat that makes them taste so good.  I’ve always said, fat makes everything taste delicious.  So, if you were hoping … Continue reading Country Style Pork Ribs

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The other night I had a craving for Jamaican Jerk Chicken.  I’ve made this recipe before and it’s so good, I just had to make it again.  However, this time I decided to share it with you. Jerk Marinade This marinade will make enough for 10 to 12 chicken thighs.  I always cook extra because … Continue reading Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Canning

Canning fresh vegetables is something I do a lot of.  There is no better way to preserve foods.  I grow a lot of vegetables and make a lot of sauces throughout the year and can them for use throughout the year.

Canning Sites That May Be Of Interest


Gardening

Here are some articles I have posted about my gardening experiences.

Gardening Blog Posts

Support Your Local Organic Farmer

Looking for fresh, organic herbs from a farm near you? The following directory is a list of recommended certified organic local herb growers with fewer than 40 acres in cultivation, sorted by region. I’ve always encouraged folks to buy fresh and to buy local, support your local economy. Take a look at the directory here … Continue reading Support Your Local Organic Farmer

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First Cilantro Harvest and Process

I harvested and processed fresh cilantro from the garden today.  Once your cilantro is ready for harvesting, cut from the plant, discard and brown leaves and wash.  I then let it dry on a paper towel overnight.  Lastly, I dry my cilantro for later use.  Using this type of drying approach, the cilantro will stay … Continue reading First Cilantro Harvest and Process

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Planted More Beefsteak Tomatoes Today

It is a beautiful day out today so I thought I would do more thinning and transplanting. Today I planted 2 more Beefsteak Tomato plants. These should be ready to harvest in late May to mid April. More on Tomatoes… I also planted more Rosemary and Greek Basil.  These should both be ready for use … Continue reading Planted More Beefsteak Tomatoes Today

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Time to Plant Tomatoes

It’s that Tomato time of year!  Late February, early March have all of your tomatoes planted and growing.  Sow your seeds (indoors) in early February so you are ready to thin and transplant outside.  Today I planted Big Beef and Red Beefsteak Tomatoes.  Planting now should give me my first harvest in late May to … Continue reading Time to Plant Tomatoes

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