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Friday, February 26, 2016

Starting Arugula Indoors



I planted Arugula for the first time last year in the fall. It's become a must have for my garden. My Arugula is so cold tolerant that eat fresh garden greens until December with some simple garden cloth covering it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Planting Indoors from Seed - Amish Corn Salad or Mache



Last year, I discovered a wonderful green, amish corn salad. Mache has become one of my favorite garden greens.

It's not only delicious to eat but it's extremely cold tolerant which helps me extend my growing season.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Planting Spinach Seed Indoors Made Easy



Now is the time to plant my spinach seeds indoors. Here's how I do it!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Planting Peas from Seeds Indoors Quick and Easy



It's time to start planting seeds indoors. This video shows how to planting peas indoors to get an early start on the season. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Tomatoes and Bacon



Swiss Chard is one of my favorite cooked greens. Check out this recipe of Swiss Chard with tomatoes and bacon. You can eat this as a side dish or it's great as an omelet filling.

INGREDIENTS
1 bunch rainbow chard, leaves and stems separated and chopped
3 strips Whole30 compliant bacon, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
sea salt
black pepper

Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Increase the heat to medium high, then add the onion and chopped chard stalks to the skillet. Cook until tender.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Toss in the cherry tomatoes and sauté until blistered.

Finally add the chard leaves and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until the leaves are wilted and tender.

Mix in the bacon bits and add black pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Homemade Seed Start Soil Mixture - Sanitized Compost



I had a request from a subscriber to show how I make my own seed start soil mixture from sanitized compost. Watch the video and found out how.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Slip



Last year, I had an amazing sweet potato harvest. I kept a few and wanted to grow my own slips. Here's how to grow your own sweet potato slips in zone 6B.

Winter Gamelands Scouting




Now is a great time to scout for the next hunting season because there's snow on the ground for tracking. It's also a great time to find out how many deer made it through hunting season.

So I walked out to my game cam that's been in the woods for a few weeks now.

My game cam showed that there's plenty of deer left at the state gamelands and I got some cool shots of a coyote.

Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale - Colcannon Recipe




I got a big bag of kale from a food cooperative because the patrons didn't want it.

Since I had some leeks left from the fall garden and potatoes this time of year are on sale and cheap, I made Irish Mashed Potatoes with kale.

Ingredients
5 lbs russet potatoes, cleaned, and peeled
2 stick unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 to 4 garlic cloves minced
4 leeks, cleaned and whites thinly sliced
4 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with water to cover.

Bring the potatoes to a boil on medium-high heat and continue to boil until the potatoes are fork tender, 20-25 minutes.

Place 12 tablespoons of butter, cream and garlic in a small saucepan and bring up to a simmer on medium-low heat. Cover to keep hot.

In a large saute pan melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat and saute the leeks for about 1 minute.

Add the kale to the leeks and continue to saute for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the broth over the kale and leek mixture, stir and cover.

Allow the mixture to cook until the kale has wilted and the liquid has cooked off, about 7 minutes.

Once the potatoes are fork tender, drain them and place them back into the pot.

Begin mashing the potatoes, while adding the cream mixture a little at a time, until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Fold the leeks and wilted kale into the potatoes, adjust the seasoning and serve.

Onion Bunches Update 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Starting Onion Bunches in less than 2 minutes




Here's how I start my own onion bunches from seed at home in less than 2 minutes. It's easy and well worth the effort.