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Grow Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps

Can you really grow vegetables from kitchen scraps?  Well, yes and no.  It depends on what kind of vegetable it is.  I learned this after I did an experiment by planting my own kitchen scraps. Some leafy vegetables like romaine lettuce will regrow but the leaves get smaller and bitter because the plant starts to flower.  Others like bok choy…

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Corned Beef Stew with Cabbage and Potatoes

March is the best time to cook this corned beef stew when we find a lot of corned beef in the markets.  The stores put it on sale as low as $1.60/lb. so it’s really affordable.  Cabbage and potatoes are also on sale so why not?  It’s a very satisfying meal for the family especially on a cold day. The…

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Vertical Gardening with Strawberries and Herbs

If you lack ground space vertical gardening is a good option to plant edibles.  You can plant small plant varieties like herbs, salad greens and strawberries.  Using a vertical wall garden planter makes it easy to move it to a sunny location and attach it to a fence or wall. It also protects it from animals that can nimble on…

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Food

Quinoa Egg Bake with Ham and Vegetables

Quinoa is one healthy ingredient I like to mix in not only in salads but for breakfast too.  Here I bake it sort of like a breakfast casserole with eggs, vegetables, cheese, ham or bacon (optional).  This is also similar to a vegetable frittata. It’s something you can make ahead to feed a crowd. Cooking quinoa is not hard at…

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan

I found beautiful fresh broccoli at the market recently and I wondered what I would do with it. I needed something different from steamed or stir fried broccoli.  Something that will involve cheese!  I thought why not roast it? Roasted broccoli is one of the easiest and quickest side dishes to make. It’s a good thing to add to your…

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Great Pantry Items You can Try for Cooking

As an avid cook and baker I get to use a lot of great pantry items.  Some of them I’ve used over and over again.  Some I’ve tried and liked and kept it with my essentials.  So many of them are useful for making soups, stews, sauces, pasta dishes,  appetizers, and dressings.  Here are some of the ones I have…

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