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Grow: Hydroponics and Aquaponics Update

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Hello everyone! I’ve been “sustainable gardening” for over a year now — with the aquaponics, hydroponics and microgreens. Some of our experiments are GREAT…. and some….well….let me just show you: Things That Worked Hydroponic Sweet Potatoes (in a barrel) From our Potatoes in A Barrel Experiment – the sweet potatoes are growing like crazy! I have added more media into the container 3 …

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Are You Throwing Away the Most Tender Part of Broccoli?

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Ahhh….the sad and lonely stump that gets thrown away after the prized crown is chopped off. BUT IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE BROCCOLI! Underneath that tough, fibrous outer layer of the stalk is the most TENDER part of the broccoli. It’s so tender, delicate and sweet that most of the time, I just eat it raw. Right there at …

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Thai Pork Chops in Ginger Coconut Sauce

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My husband has only a couple of hobbies, but my oh my, he did choose them well. What I mean to say, is that HIS hobbies benefits ME directly.  It’s a selfish way to look at things, but he could have chosen silly things like NASCAR, model rocket building or golfing — none of which have any side perks that …

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Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry

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The love language between my Mom and I is all about food! We share recipes with each other over the phone and email. We swap cookbooks when we see each other a couple times a year. She packs up Chinese cookbooks for me (all of them written in both Chinese and English) and I save the gazillion cookbooks that publishers send …

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Grow: Difference Between Microgreens, Sprouts and Baby Greens

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We have been getting a good number of inquiries about microgreens. Seems we have tapped into some curiosity with our original introduction to our microgreens operations. A common question that we get asked frequently is “What is the difference between microgreens, sprouts and baby greens?” That’s a fantastic question! If we were to boil the difference down, the short answer …

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Vietnamese Pho Pressure Cooker – Paleo Friendly

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It’s been a loooong time since I’ve made home made pho – much too long! Normally I make beef pho the long and slow way – either in the slow cooker or barely bubbling on the stovetop: Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pho Recipe Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe Chicken Pho Recipe (Pho Ga) But a very persistent reader has been emailing me …

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Cheater Pad Thai

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Sometimes a cheater sauce is just the answer. The Asian aisle at my local grocery store has soo many bottles and jars of Asian sauces – sweet-sour, kung-pao, ginger-garlic. Most of the time, I tell you to skip the pre-made stuff – it’s just easier to combine fresh ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce or other easy-to-find ingredients to make your …

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Chinese Salted Kumquat Recipe

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Many people candy the kumquat — or if you’re Chinese, you may have had it dried or salted. One of my Mom’s favorite remedies for sore throat is salted, preserved kumquat mixed in hot water and a little honey. Basically, it’s just like making Moroccan preserved lemons, but with kumquat. The kumquat is kept whole, but squashed or cut slightly …

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Mystery Killer Caught on Camera

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Our 5-acre homestead is situated perfect for isolation. To our left is a another 5-acre field that’s empty – and beyond that our neighbors have 10 beautiful acres. Behind us is a 40 acre preserve – sort of like a rat’s nest of thick prickly pokey Florida bush, palm trees, oak trees with overgrown moss that hang from tall branches …

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IMUSA Electric Espresso Maker Review

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I’m a big coffee nut – years ago I used to buy green beans from Sweet Maria’s and roast them myself. One time I even roasted them in a wok that I situated on my outdoor grill! Massive FAIL. Also another fail was the popcorn popper which just made a massive mess that I had to clean up. For a …

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Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce

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I’m not very creative when it comes to cooking eggplant, usually I poke a few holes with a fork and roast until soft. The poking is important – it prevents the eggplant from exploding in the oven. Go ahead, ask me how I know! We grow both Chinese and Japanese eggplant in the garden, both of which are less-bitter than …

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Grow: The Microgreens Mad Scientist

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I’m so excited to share with you Scott’s latest hobby – actually my FAVORITE hobby of his (the other being Single Malt Scotch – bleh). We’ve converted an entire room that’s located right next to his greenhouse into his Mad Scientist Studio.  Here’s Scott to tell you about his project! – and towards the end of the post, a review …