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My dentist, Michelle Jorgenson’s amazing March garden

In Utah, it’s supposed to be ski season. It’s supposed to be bitterly cold. We had a balmy three weeks in February that had all of us who have lived here for 30 years completely astonished. Like, gardening and running outside in a tank top, balmy. Consequently, it’s early March and I have tulips, crocuses, […]

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California drought? What’s the answer to increased food costs?

If you’re following the news, California is in a severe drought which is projected to increase our food prices significantly. Two top ideas radically decrease the cost of your green smoothies and whole-foods lifestyle. One, it’s not too late to significantly decrease the effect of the drought on your family: plant late-summer and fall gardens. […]

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World’s Largest Cucumber Comes Out of My Garden

  This is Patty with a cucumber that somehow escaped notice in my garden until it became The Vegetable That Ate Chicago. It wouldn’t work in a salad. But I refused to throw it in the compost. It made three pints of juice! It wasn’t really yummy, not gonna lie. Kinda bitter. But, we made […]

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Organic vegetables are our birthright!

Check out the two tomatoes Patty is holding on the left. They came from the several acres growing 100 yards from my house, conventionally sprayed with toxic pesticides that will last literally generations in the groundwater and in my body and everyone else’s who live on this street. My children are breathing it, and tracking it into my […]

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It’s Tomatoes Galore at my house: RECIPES for you

Juan, my handyman-garden-guy, said, very proud: “We didn’t plant a variety of big tomatoes– they were supposed to be small, according to the seed packet. But look at these!” He brought the first 12 in to show me, rivaling the Texas grapefruit in size. The tomatoes benefited from our rich compost pile. At the moment […]

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Libby and the Garden

  I have this photo of me and my younger daughter, Libby, working in my garden about five years ago, when I first put the site up. The photo is in Chapter 5 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. She looks so little. And now she’s turning 15. Some time ago, Libby discovered that if […]

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My Subversive (Garden) Plot

Listen to Roger Doiron’s TedTalk, about how we take control of our food supply and change the world. This video is worth your time: View Roger Doiron’s TedTalk HERE! I’m a huge fan of growing your own food. It can truly change your life. It empowers you. It connects you to your food source. It […]

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Kristin’s Tomato Confit

Do you have access to cherry tomatoes, in someone’s garden? There’s a huge field of them at the top of my street, abandoned by the grower because it’s too labor-intensive to pick them. So sad! My friend who owns the field and leased it out, just brought me a bucketful. If you’ve got access to […]

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Broken ribs, Thai Lettuce Wraps

Day 4. It turns out I have a couple of broken ribs. Good times! Ice and heat, ice and heat, and this morning seems a bit better than the past few days. But I am going to Boise and Twin Falls anyway, in 2 days! One more recipe from Michelle’s garden to deal with the […]

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More garden recipes, and a bedside update….

Thanks for all your kind emails and Facebook messages. I’ve been sleeping 12 hours a night since my accident Saturday; still unable to walk or do much of anything without acute/stabbing pain in my lower back/hip, and I wonder if it’s nerve damage, as I landed approximately on my hip’s sciatic nerve. I am hoping […]

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