Monthly Archives: November 2013

Native Fun: Cranberries Are an American Original

If the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving was anything like mine, cranberries were a crowd favorite. Opening a can of the jellied cranberry sauce, they let it fall onto a small plate with a mighty slooorp. Still perfectly retaining the shape of the … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Quick Bread Recipe

Quick breads are bread made using baking powder or baking soda to get their “lift” instead of the traditional yeast. Usually moist and denser than yeast bread, they may have more in common with cakes when it comes to baking. … Continue reading

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How to Roast Peanuts at Home

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that America’s most popular nut isn’t a nut at all. Unlike actual nuts, the peanut does not grow on trees. Although the peanut plant flowers above ground, these legumes develop … Continue reading

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Prickly Pear Cranberry Sauce Recipe

When one thinks of cactus, it is often pictured in inhospitable desert venues. Thorny and unfriendly, it seems to be a plant best left alone. Although many species are native to those dry climates, not all cacti fit the stereotype. … Continue reading

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Veterans Day Poppies

Poppies forever became a symbol of war-time death when Canadian military surgeon Lt. Col. John McRae wrote a poem about the sight of the brilliant flowers growing on a bloody World War I battlefield. The Second Battle of Ypres took … Continue reading

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Elevated Garden Beds

Gardening is a hobby that for many becomes a lifelong passion. Communing with nature in this way often involves a lot of time on hands and knees, but when mobility becomes limited due to illness, injury or age, traditional gardening … Continue reading

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Granny Smith Apples

With its sublimely tart flavor and unmistakable green hue, the Granny Smith apple (Malus domestica)  is one of the most recognizable and beloved apples in the orchard. Its acidity and strong taste makes it a frequent choice for both baking … Continue reading

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