July 2015

Tomato pie – A Southern Classic?

People keep pinning Tomato Pie on Pinterest with all these claims that every Southerner loves these things.  As a definite Southern Girl, I was intrigued since I’ve never heard of such a thing.  I thought maybe some southerners had just renamed tomato quiche so I went to check out the…

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Attack of the squash vine borers!

I’m not happy at all about this post.  After a summer that I’ve been pretty proud of, I lost two squash plants to vine borers. In case you don’t know what squash vine borers are, here’s the deal.  There’s a little moth that likes to lay its eggs on squash…

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Miso-butter roasted eggplant

I harvested a decent number of eggplant Tuesday night and came home last night looking for something quick to make with them.  Lately I’ve come across a lot of recipes using miso butter and thought maybe it was time to give it a try!  In truth, miso butter really seemed…

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First Tomato Sauce of the Year!

It seems that the image most people have of making tomato sauce is grandmas stirring all day over these giant pots that they can’t even lift.  Not so in my kitchen.  I make tomato sauce a couple times a week from late June through September, and it’s really a pretty…

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Stars and Stripes Wreath

Okay.  Maybe this isn’t really a stars and stripes wreath.  I couldn’t find blue ribbon with white stars at the last minute, but I think the polka dot bows work fine, right? Anyway, I have let another holiday sneak up on me.  It’s July 2 and I’m having a barbecue…

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The Queen is Dead! Long Live the Queen! How to requeen a hive

After the stressful start my bees got this year, it’s no surprise that things aren’t going terribly smoothly.  From the start, I noticed that the bees weren’t coming and going very much from the hive which had broken open in the car.  I’d open the cover and see that they…

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