Small space gardening, cooking, and crafts

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Sandra Rosner

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Blossom Rot - How to Save Your Tomato Harvest

With the hot and hazy days of summer ticking away, my itsy garden has suddenly sprung into a jungle of produce. All of that careful planning, construction and tending has finally begun to pay off in pounds upon pounds of fresh and delicious veggies! With dreams of pickles, hot sauce, dried chilies, pesto and fresh herbs finally… View More

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Drunk Cherry Showdown: Alcohol Taste Test

Ahhh cherries. So sweet, so beautiful, so corruptible! Seriously, these juicy red fruits love the hooch, soaking up a variety of spirits in as little as an hour's time. While cherries are not exclusive in the tipsy fruits realm, none compare to the ease, flavor and speed with which a batch can be made. Before we get down to the taste test, let's… View More

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Bite of Seattle - Epic Food Festival or an Event That Just Bites?

Seattle is a foodie paradise. Fresh seafood, abundant local produce and an amazing array of culinary talent leave even the most picky eater wanting for nothing while visiting our beautiful metropolis. Discovering that that the city hosts a food festival every summer should come as no surprise and yet few newcomers are prepared for the actual size… View More

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Flaky, Buttery Hand Pies with Filling

Hand pies (aka toaster pastry) are such a delight in the morning with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Now that I think about it, hand pies are amazing pretty much any time of day. They hold their own as a light desert, as a loving addition to a bag lunch or at any gathering such as a potluck or BBQ. Depending on your choice of sprinkles, icing and cutter shape, these delicious tarts can be dressed up for holidays, or left plain to kick off a… View More

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Powdery Mildew - Commercial vs. Homemade Remedy

Lately, I find that I start out every morning with a cup of coffee and a gaze out upon my balcony garden. Being zen has never been easy for me as my mind races with all of the tasks that lay before me that day. Since I started my itsy garden, however, I have come to realize that those initial moments watching as the morning mist burns… View More

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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake for your Strawberries

A good friend from Arizona sent this recipe several years ago, right around the time that my cooking skill was experiencing more successes than failures. Though I could master a birthday cake from the box with ease, making this cake from scratch gave me such a sense of accomplishment right when I needed it most. With its quick preparation and common ingredients, this has become my go-to recipe should I need a desert in a hurry. I rank… View More

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All Natural Strawberry Jam

After our trip for U-Pick strawberries (read about that here), the kitchen was overflowing with small red fruit. Fortunately, I had already planned out a number of recipes in advance so that I could get cooking the very next day. If you are kitchen wizard, feel free to scroll… View More

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U-Pick Farm Tips and Strawberry Picking

While most farmer's markets in my corner of the Pacific NW start up in May, it just doesn't feel like Summer until the strawberries hit the stands in a delicious wave. Due to the unseasonably warm winter, our fruit season arrived earlier than normal and left me scrambling to adjust for both picking and… View More

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Welcome to the Garden!

So what exactly is an itsy garden? I would define it as two or more plants thriving in a place that is lovingly tended. It could be the small herb box at your kitchen window, a little patch of reclaimed land in your yard, or as is the case for me, a small balcony. Just about any sunlit spot, no matter how… View More

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We do recipes differently in the itsy garden...

As a self-learner in the cooking arts, I remember what it was like to burn rice and aspire to box mix brownies. I lacked a culinary oracle and turned to the internet for help where I found plenty of recipes, but little in the way of actual learning. Let's change that! Each recipe on this site assumes zero cooking skill and will provide all necessary instructions for success with a lot of general kitchen tips along the way. I cook… View More