The Crush of the Harvest

canning peaches

Is the exciting bounty of the season slipping into a dull pounding of obligation? Perhaps your calves and your neck are tired from days of standing at a cutting board, a dehydrator, a canning kettle.

Are you are starting to give the side-eye to the zucchini and the cucumbers? What insanity possessed you to plant 8 hills of zucchini for a family of four, anyway? And why did your kid pick this week to declare they hated pickles?

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Oven-Roasted Herb Confit Tomatoes

Photograph by Charity Burggraaf.

As a gardener, going away or taking vacation in the summer is always a bit of a deal with the devil. On the one hand, a long weekend spent camping (or whatever) is awesome! On the other hand, when you come back home, you are likely to find your tomato plants have taken over your yard, climbed up your house siding, and are working their way into the second story windows.

At the very least, a 19-pound zucchini is pretty much inevitable.
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Green Herb & Peanut Pork Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

Green Herb and Peanut Meatballs

Great news! My publishers have given me permission to share several recipes, photos and tips from my soon-to-be-released book! The Hands-on Home is now so close to launch that it’s time to start promotion – which means giving you guys a little taste of what’s inside the book.

These herby, peanuty pork meatballs are one of my favorite options for a light meal. They have a refreshing Thai-ish vibe going on, but – they’re meatballs. Easy peasy, and a kid-favorite.
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