Let’s Preserve Salsa!

The other night, one of our three dogs was not coming inside for the evening. I slipped on my shoes and found Jake, a dachshund, lying on his back near my garden, near my abundant tomato plants. He always flips onto his back when he has been naughty. So, I picked him up and carried…
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Feast On The Vibrant Colors Of Nature’s Fruits And Vegetables

  Have you taken the opportunity to admire the blooming outdoor plants at this time of the year? The vibrant red, deep purple and vivid yellow hues of flowers decorating homeowners’ landscapes attract our attention. The same pigments, or natural colorants, in flowers are responsible for many of the health benefits of colorful fruits and…
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Let’s Can Peaches During August, Peach Month

Fresh, juicy, naturally sweet peaches are among my favorite summertime fruits. They are “in season” in late summer, which means they are at their best quality and, often, best price. In fact, August is Peach Month. Peaches are a good source of vitamins C and A. Vitamin C plays a vital role in healing wounds,…
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Making Jelly Stirs Memories

One of my older daughter’s favorite childhood books features Frances, a finicky little badger who prefers bread and jam to most other foods. Her parents offer eggs and all sorts of foods to entice her, but Frances only wants bread and jam for most of the book. Most of us can relate to this imaginary…
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Jam Making A Good Entry Into Food Preservation

I recall a phone call I received a few years ago during the summer. My caller was quite upset because several jars of her home-canned raspberry jam had literally flipped their lids, spewing sticky raspberry jam throughout her pantry. Before she called, she had been scrubbing the jam from her pantry walls. One of the…
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