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Posted on 07 March 2012 by

Tomato-Cider Glaze

By David Harbilas

This sauce gets my vote for the single best sauce made with the fewest ingredients.

My last post, about tomato-port wine glaze, was simple, but this sauce is simply sublime.

It is the very epitome of balance, between sweet, sour, salty, and the indefinite.

And the best thing about it is that it requires absolutely no special equipment or ingredients except time. Let me make this clear–you will not find a better sauce made anywhere. I am serious when I say this; as a fifteen-year professional chef, this may very well be the best sauce recipe I have ever come across.

It goes well with just about everything, especially pork. My personal favorite, which I have yet to actually make but which makes me hungry, is pan seared scallops with roasted cauliflower, raisins, this sauce, bacon, and brussel sprouts.

Makes about ½ gallon sauce

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Posted on 09 October 2010 by

Preserving the Kitchen Garden – Part 2

mint-jellyBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Another approach to herbal preservation is through the creation of condiments.

This type of preservation creates jellies, sauces, oils, vinegars, and butters that enhance dishes when added after cooking.

Making a Jelly

Mint jelly is a traditional way of preserving mint. This process may seem to be more trouble then it is worth but I promise nothing makes a lamb dish stand out like mint jelly.

Mint Jelly


Posted on 11 September 2010 by


loofah_lBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year my loofahs have set the garden on fire.

They have grown up my shed onto my fence and across my clothesline.

The secret to my success is two-fold.

One, I started my seeds indoors in February. This gave my loofahs plenty of time to grow since they require a long growing season to be exact at least 180 says of warm weather. The second secret to my loofah success is something I cannot take credit for that is Mother Nature. This year’s weather was just perfect for loofah production.

But while I am ecstatic about my loofah crop I am at the same time wondering what to do with all these loofahs. One thing I am trying this year is cooking with them. To my surprise the small ones are excellent in stir-fries and salads. The recipe below is one I created using zucchini but since I have a surplus of loofahs I substituted loofahs for zucchini and boy did it turn out great.

Mindy’s Zucchini or Loofah Stir-Fry

Serves 4


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Posted on 21 August 2010 by

Basil that Saved the World

basilpesto1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Many years ago I decided that everyone should grow something to make the world a better place.

Through many sleepless nights and meditation the perfect plant came to me.

The simple basil would solve world conflict and hunger.

Just think what the world would be like if we all sat down, had pizza, and discussed the world’s problems. Maybe the United Nations should think about that as a form of conflict resolution. I can see the headlines now “Basil stops the war.” Well I can only hope.

Basil can grow inside or out and does not require a long-term commitment. This simple plant is started from seed and only requires a general soil mixture in a container or a patch of ground in the garden. Once seeds are planted water in and fertilize once a month and that is it. I tell people if you can keep a goldfish alive you can grow basil.

To encourage those Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 June 2010 by

Blue for Blueberries: How to Grow Them

blueberriesBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Blueberries are great for urban gardens.

Their compact shape and texture can create visual interest in flowerbeds while being a perfect container plant if space or land is limited.

The trick to growing blueberries is one, keeping the soil acidic enough and two, planting at least 2 different varieties for fruit production.

To get started one must decide where you plant to plant your blueberries. This step is very important because the area or container will need to be supplemented with acid building materials 3 months before planting. The pH, lime index, nutrient status, and organic matter will Read the rest of this entry »


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