Nourishing Traditions – Learning from our Children

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Nothing pleases me more than when my daughter introduces me to something new. On my last visit to her home, she showed me how to use YouTube. We found some entertaining videos on subjects close to both our hearts: the preparation of food. It gave me an idea, so today IContinue reading “Nourishing Traditions – Learning from our Children”

To Everything There is a season

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 By Patricia Zick @PCZick And so it is with gardening. The winter season of gardening is a time of planning, considering, and enjoying the bounty of the previous seasons. Almost every night we’re eating something from the freezerContinue reading “To Everything There is a season”

Fall Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The garden looks as if it’s been decorated for Halloween, but that’s not the case. We’re receiving some early frosts here in western Pennsylvania, and the last two nights, my husband has gone out and covered the tomato plants, which are still producing.   The tomatoes aren’t coming in as fastContinue reading “Fall Garden Update”

Salsa Heat

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Warning: This salsa is not for you mild salsa lovers. However, you can modify this recipe to fit your taste buds. This one won’t make you choke, but it might make your nose run and your eyes water – until you get used to the fiery heat. I use salsa inContinue reading “Salsa Heat”

Kitchen Love

By Patricia Zick @PCZick This past weekend we put up seven quarts of Italian sauce from our tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and basil. See my post “The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious for the process and recipe. This is our third year for preserving the harvest from our garden. We’ve developed a rhythm for ourContinue reading “Kitchen Love”

The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re eating tomatoes with every meal and still the windowsills in our home are filled with the beautiful red bounty of summer. The tomato is one of the most versatile of vegetables because it’s fantastic raw, but it’s also a wonder for turning into a myriad of sauces and dishes. AsContinue reading “The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious”

Writing & Gardening – No Time to Blog

By Patricia Zick @P.C. Zick I’ve had to let my blog go the past week or so. I’ve reblogged some of my favorite blogs on topics near to my heart, but I haven’t been able to find the time or inspiration to concentrate long enough to put out a thoughtful post. I’m juggling three projectsContinue reading “Writing & Gardening – No Time to Blog”

The Gardener’s Aphrodisiac

By Patricia Zick @P.C. Zick My husband Robert lives and breathes the garden almost the whole year. During the winter he’s planning and drying the seeds from the previous year’s bounty, such as he did this year with the potato-leaf tomato seeds. When the first of the beefsteak-size tomatoes began ripening this week, I’ve neverContinue reading “The Gardener’s Aphrodisiac”

Bread & Butter and Cheap Vinegar

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I’ve been canning off and on for the past thirty years, and it seems each time I put something up, I learn something new. The other night I canned seven jars of bread and butter pickles using a recipe in Ball’s Blue Book guide to preserving (page 49). They didn’t specifyContinue reading “Bread & Butter and Cheap Vinegar”

Zucchini Relish

By P.C. Zick @PCZick Anyone who gardens even a little bit knows the truth about zucchini. Once it starts putting off those beautiful blossoms, you need to be ready to do something with the bounty. We grill it, saute it with onions, shred it for bread, and thanks to a recipe I found two yearsContinue reading “Zucchini Relish”