Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves My friend Cindy clipped back her bay laurel plant and I was the lucky recipient of the leaves. Since I use bay leaves in any type of soup or stock, I was thrilled to have them fresh. I was also so glad to have a dehydrator. In 30 minutes, the leaves were dried…

Portion Packs

Portion Packs My husband came home from the supermarket the other day with 12 samples of portion packs that were being given away as a promotion. These are small zip-top bags with measurement markings on the side for 1/4 to 1 cup. I had seen them before but it never peaked my interest for some…

Homegrown Dinner

VOLUNTEER GARDENER’S HOMEGROWN DINNER Get your tickets to Volunteer Gardener’s Homegrown Dinner celebrating the tomato, Nashville’s favorite fruit. Created by Bacon & Caviar, the prix-fixe menu highlights farm-fresh tomatoes in each of the courses, including dessert. Thursday, Aug. 8 6:30 – 9 pm The Old School 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike Nashville, TN 37218 Reservations…

Aristotle Basil

Aristotle Basil Basil could be my favorite herb. It is beautifully aromatic and lends itself to so much more than pesto in the kitchen. And although it’s an annual, many will grow it year round on sunny windowsills when the weather isn’t conducive to it flourishing outside. Every year, I grow what is marketed as…

15 Minute Broccoli

Every day I am harvesting fresh broccoli and have been for weeks. As the temperatures rise, I know my opportunity to continue this delicious routine is quickly coming to an end. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that my least favorite method of serving this garden delight is smothered in cheese sauce. I want…

Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds I have been searching for a great hummingbird feeder for decades. I have spent money on fancy ones, inexpensive ones and everything in between. Finally, I have found one that is perfect. Last year at the Lawn & Garden Show, I was intrigued by an exhibitor showcasing THE Hummingbird Feeder. I bought one and…

Gloves

Gloves If you spend any time cooking, you also spend a lot of time with your hands in a sink filled with hot soapy water. As wonderful as my dishwasher is, there are certain things that require hand washing. For years, I used those familiar bright yellow Playtex Living Gloves because that’s what my Mother…

Garlic

Who can cook without garlic? I certainly can’t and now is the time to plant your own so you’ll have a plentiful supply next year. I have a raised bed, which makes the soil drain nicely. I selected an area that receives all day sun which is very important. Garlic can take a little shade,…

Carrots

Carrots If you want to grow something that is super simple, try carrots! I have grown them for the first time this year and what a breeze! I use raised beds and started with seeds that took less than 2 weeks to germinate. It is now 12 weeks since that time and I’ve got armloads…

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn In the South, the month of August gives us mounds of sweet corn. Even though we feasted on it in July, you’ll find ear after ear on the market this month as the season starts to wind down. That’s why it’s such a great time to stock your freezer with the abundance and…