Monthly Archives: July 2013

Homemade Fig Newtons

Introduced by the Kennedy Biscuit Company in 1891, Fig Newtons were named not for physicist Isaac Newton, but rather the town of Newton, Massachusetts, near the factory that first produced the tasty cookie commercially. Kennedy Biscuit eventually merged with several … Continue reading

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Grass Guide: Zoysia

Heat tolerant and able to grow under many soil conditions, the dense, soft coverage that zoysia grass provides has gained popularity in recent years among homeowners across much of the United States. Durable and drought-resistant, zoysia stands up well in … Continue reading

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How to Make Fig Preserves

Sweet and soft, fresh figs are a treat I missed out on as a kid. Growing up in the Midwest where cold winters make fig trees a less common sight, I was familiar with figs dried and in Newton form, … Continue reading

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Gazing Ball History

First introduced in 13th century Venice by artisan glass blowers, gazing balls are now a common sight in yards and gardens as decoration. And the reflective spheres have served many purposes over the years. Those colorful globes may bring an … Continue reading

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6 Handy Uses for Tea (That Don’t Involve Sipping)

When I was a kid, I’d occasionally see my mother pour the end of a cup of tea out on our kitchen table and wipe it down. I never gave it too much thought, but it turns out she was … Continue reading

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Churn It! How to Make Butter at Home

Although butter has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, when you think about making butter, odds are you’re picturing the wooden butter churns of the pioneers and an overworked farm wife cranking away at the paddle. It … Continue reading

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Homemade Maraschino Cherries

My friend Kendall is a perfection seeker.  A Chicago resident, he called me a few weeks ago from Mystic, CT, his last stop on a driving tour of the Eastern seaboard in search of the perfect pizza. But he wasn’t … Continue reading

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