Squash Casserole


Ingredients6 cups large diced yellow squash and zucchiniVegetable oil1 large onion, chopped4 tablespoons butter1/2 cup sour cream1 teaspoon House seasoning, recipe follows1 cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup crushed butter crackers (recommended: Ritz)DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.Saute the squash in a little vegetable oil over medium-low heat until it has completely … [Read more...]

How To Dry and Store Fresh Herbs

How To Dry and Store Fresh Herbs

Air drying herbs is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process also doesn't deplete the herbs of their oils. This process works best with herbs that don't have a high moisture content such as Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Summer Savory and Thyme. Moisture dense herbs like Basil, Chives, Mint, Tarragon preserve better in a dehydrator, or try freezing them. Use a microwave or oven to dry herbs … [Read more...]

Tips for Preventing and Treating Tomato Blights

Tips for Preventing and Treating Tomato Blights

You have worked hard on growing your tomatoes this season - you prepared the prefect soil, carefully tending the tomato seedlings, and planted them with supreme care.Now it's time to start thinking about all the different uses for those delicious tomatoes from your garden. Then one day you go out to the garden and notice that some brown spots are forming on the bottom leaves of a particular tomato plant.Crikey! It's early blight! … [Read more...]

12 Homemade Natural Remedies for The Vegetable Garden

12 Homemade Natural Remedies for the Vegetable Garden

Whether it is some pesky bug or fungus, there are always issues to tend to in the garden. It seems that gardeners have always been on the cutting edge of natural solutions for common problems in the vegetable garden and the home. There are several reasons for using natural remedies in the vegetable garden:The ingredients are readily available The ingredients are usually very inexpensive These rememdies are very environment-friendly … [Read more...]

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

How To Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Today's vegetable gardener has hundreds of different heirloom tomato varieties to choose from, anything from Brandywine to Mortgage Lifter. Some tomato growers have kept particular tomato seeds in their families for several generations. If you are interested in starting the trend of keeping an heirloom tomato variety in your family, you must be able to save the seeds so they can be passed down to your children. Saving tomato seeds is not very … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Potatoes with Mushrooms

Potatoes are baked, stuffed, then baked again to brown.Cook Time: 60 minutesIngredients:4 large baking potatoes 1/4 cup milk salt and pepper 2 tablespoons butter 4 ounces chopped mushrooms 1 tablespoon butter for brushing chopped chives for toppingPreparation:Scrub potatoes; arrange in a pie pan or on baking sheet or on oven rack. Prick with a fork in a few places and bake at 450° for 45 to … [Read more...]

Roasted New Potatoes with Thyme and Garlic


Use new potatoes or small white or red-skinned potatoes in this recipe. This is an easy recipe to prepare, and these potatoes are great with a roast, burgers, fried chicken, or just about any main dish meat, fish, or poultry.Ingredients:2 pounds small potatoes, white or red 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black … [Read more...]

The First Vegetables of 2009

The First Vegetables of 2009

On June 1, 2009, I picked my first vegetable of the season from my vegetable garden. It was a very nice yellow straightneck squash. There should be more Straightneck squash, some zucchini, and some sweet banana peppers coming soon. There are a couple very small tomatoes beginning to sprout, along with some carrots, beets, and radishes. Everything seems to be growing just dandy. I do wish the tomatoes were a little bit further along, but I'm … [Read more...]

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