Small space gardening, cooking, and crafts

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Sandra Rosner

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Balcony Gardening Part 1: Seedlings in a Small Space

Spring is here and I'm ready to garden! Unfortunately, the weather isn't much for supporting my enthusiasm. With some nights still dropping into the 30's, there just isn't a lot of hope for giving my crop a jump start. Or is there... Allow me to introduce the mini greenhouse. There are a number of brands and methods… View More

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Lemon Extract & Infusions

No one likes to waste food, least of all me. I have made so many attempts to recycle food scraps into treasure over the years, with varying degrees of success. There is always a balance point between quality and the time spent mastering a new recipe or technique that its often more pratical to just feed the compost worms. Extracts, tinctures & Infusions, however, are the exception. If you have time… View More

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Hot Toddy

Ah, winter. The season of soup, snow and cuddly blankets. I have been a fan ever since childhood, and still get downright giddy when I hear that we might get a few flurries. Don't get me wrong, I love the other seasons too, but there is something magical about these dark and restful months. That is, until you catch the flu. I'm a firm supporter of flu shots and pony up to the pharmacy every year (ok, I forgot last year and… View More

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We Are Back!!!

Without a few rocks in the road, we wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the greatness of the journey we’re on. And while the past few months have rolled a few boulders my way, I’m so excited to announce that new content will soon be on the way! I have so many new recipes, crafts and garden projects to share, and you can expect more than a few new adventures in 2017 as… View More

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Young Fruit Mead, Plus Tips for Aging

If you have been following along with our fermentation series, then you have already made your own Fermentation Jar, NY Style Deli Pickles and… View More

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Authentic Sauerkraut with Apples or Caraway

So far in the series we have learned to make our very own fermentation jar, along with deli style lacto-fermented pickles. If you have already mastered these two projects, then sauerkraut is going to be breeze. In fact, its as easy as chop, salt, pack. Let's gather our ingredients:   - 2 average size heads of… View More

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The Northwest Chocolate Festival

There are so many great reasons to live in the Pacific Northwest; amazing hikes, talented artisans and of course, the food. And so its little wonder that Seattle would be chosen to host some of the world's top culinary professionals and award winning artisan chocolatiers for an amazing weekend full of demonstrations, workshops and of course, a whole lot of tasting! Without further delay, let's explore the 2015… View More

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What is Baked or Half Baked?

Cook long enough and you will eventually make an utter kitchen failure. Whether you read the ingredient proportions wrong, make an unfortunate substitution or just plain vaporized it, you just have to shrug it off and move on. But what if the dozen muffin-shaped bricks feeding your trash can were the product of a recipe that you followed to the letter? Were you just a terrible baker, giving the touch of death to what should have… View More

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NY Deli Style Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickles

Query most people and they will say that pickles come from jars filled with vinegar and spices. Growing up in the northeast, however, my first pickle was of a whole different sort. Salty and sour, but not tart, they would be served from the depths of a cloudy brine, either in barrels or countertop glass jars. As time went on, it became harder and harder to find sources of these fermented to perfection pickles. After moving… View More

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Making a Fermentation Jar for Pickles, Sauerkraut and other Probiotic Foods.

Fermented foods are experiencing a bit of a resurgence as more people turn away from processed foods and seek to improve their overall health through better and varied nutrition. New studies on probiotic foods seem to be coming in near weekly linking a healthy gut microbiom to not only maintaining a proper weight and having sufficient nutrient reserves, but also more unexpected areas like depression, auto-immune disorders,… View More