Tag: summertime favorites

Oct 06

Blueberries

In previous posts I’ve written about many kinds of berries; from berries found in the wild, including strawberries, also tips for cultivating raspberries and blueberries. In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from …

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Aug 29

End of Summer ’17

As the summer months closed out, I enjoyed some delicious foods cooked outside, plenty of salads and veggies from the garden too. Some pics from the late summer garden;   Peas came in abundance this season and due to the cooler temperatures and plenty of rain, they seemed to produce for a longer duration than …

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Jul 12

Cooking with Charcoal

In the summertime outdoor cooking can almost be imperative, because cooking inside the house becomes unbearably hot. Use of charcoal for cooking outdoors is one way to avoid heating up the house. Additionally, cooking with charcoal in winter months can help to add a little variety to the daily menu at home. Some basics; For …

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Jul 11

North Carolina Style Pig Roast

At the annual Green family picnic this year, Rich and Kim decided to try a different method for roasting the pig. This is different from the manner in which they cook pig for their restaurant. This method is called the North Carolina style. It involved splitting the hog in half down the spine and slow …

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Jul 10

Peas in a Pod…or not?

Fresh peas – follow this link to learn more. Two varieties I like to grow (and eat) are the sugar snap and snow peas. Both are edible pod varieties. There are, of course, other varieties which the shells are simply too tough to be eaten. For me the edible pod variety is best, because of their …

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Jul 01

Thinking of America

As the Independence Day Holiday approaches, I reflect on the land in which I was born and raised. Robert Frost, one of America’s greatest poets, wrote a short but interesting verse about our nation. It is titled, The Gift Outright – In the sixteen lines of this poem, Frost tells the American story from colonialism, …

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Jun 22

The Wind in the Willows

In 1908 Kenneth Grahame penned the children’s story titled, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Grahame, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde, grew up along the banks of the River Thames. At that time the area surrounding the Thames was pastoral, though London town was quite crowded and dirty due to the common use of coal as …

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Jun 12

June 2017 – 5 years of blogging

The month of June has arrived marking the fifth anniversary of blogging. I have enjoyed sharing all of the many articles, pictures and links to more in-depth reading about so many subjects. Readers have followed me on my travels from home here, in PA and the New York Metro area to Amsterdam, London, the Philippines, …

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Oct 25

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) extends from Maine to Georgia. Covering nearly 2,200 miles (3,500 km.) and traversing 14 states- heading north from Georgia, into North Carolina, then Tennessee, on through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and finally, culminating in the woods of Maine. Meandering through many …

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Oct 19

Cucurbitaceae

I bet this is a new word for most readers. Cucurbitaceae (follow the link to learn how to pronounce this and many other new or difficult words) are a family of more than 900 plants in about 95 genera. Follow this link to learn more about plant families. The most important among the cucurbitaceae are; …

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