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Chinese kitchen garden winter greens

November 1, 2017

Vegetables play a large, enchanting role in Chinese meals and traditions, and a Chinese kitchen garden is rich with versatile winter staples. Read more about Wendy’s family history along with gardening and cooking tips for cold-weather crops.

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Crab, pork, and Napa cabbage dumplings for luck

January 26, 2017

Chinese vegetables play a large, enchanting role in symbolic meals and traditions, especially around the Lunar New Year, which always falls near the end of winter and is the biggest celebration in Hong Kong, China, and much of Asia.

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An interview with Wendy Kiang-Spray

November 22, 2016

“I think most gardeners could tell a life story based on their changing gardens.” —Wendy Kiang-Spray

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Recipes to “fall back” on

October 20, 2016

In November we “fall back,” gaining an hour of daylight  back to wrap up our fall harvests and put our gardens to bed. Here are some of our favorite Timber Press recipes for using those late summer and autumn harvests to their fullest potential:

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Make the most of fresh herbs with this simple syrup

February 4, 2016

In Culinary Herbal, authors Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker detail how to grow and preserve 97 of the most flavorful herbs. Here, they share a recipe for simple syrup, used in beverages and fruit salads, or on desserts from ice cream to cake.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables [Excerpt]

February 3, 2014

“I like to think of it as the summer I grew the world and ate it.” That’s Marie Iannotti describing what it was like to do the hands-on research for her book, The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables. “Growing wonderfully satisfying food is the main point of vegetable gardening,” she writes. “Homegrown heirloom vegetables […]

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Happy World Kitchen Garden Day! You get one phone call.

August 26, 2012

Who thought growing a kitchen garden could be so hazardous? Last year, a Michigan gardener, Julie Bass, faced jail time for daring to grow a garden in her front yard. You can hear an interview with Julie here. After collecting 30,000 signatures of support, a Drummondville, Quebec, couple recently won the right to keep their […]

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Jennifer Bartley Gets Back in the Garden

February 11, 2011

We’re hosting a weeklong Get Back in the Garden Giveaway. Our authors will share their processes for getting the garden ready for Spring, and we’ll give away a copy of their book. Join the fun, and share the ways that you prepare for the gardening season, too! Our last guest blogger is Jennifer R. Bartley, […]

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Sage stuffing

November 19, 2010

One of the (few) successes in my garden this year has been my sage plant. It’s healthy and fragrant and it produced a profuse amount of leaves. On the culinary side, I’ve discovered that a little bit of fresh sage goes a very long way, so I find myself with many sage leaves and not […]

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Yeah for October!

October 1, 2010

October is my favorite month. To me, early fall promises both warm and cool days, a mix of sun and rain, the chance to pull out my favorite sweaters, and of course–Halloween. But I mostly love October because of all the yummy veggies that are now in season. Enjoy this recipe from Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook in honor of the […]

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