Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

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Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver…


Should We Worry About Lycopene in Our Food?

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At a loyal reader’s request, I am taking a look at Lycopene in our food and if it can benefit a healthy lifestyle. Subscriber, Renee G said, “LYCOPENE: I would love to know what foods have it, how the body uses it, and if there is research showing effects on…


EASY Freezing For My Summer Garden

As of today, my garden has rendered a great harvest, more than enough for my husband and I.  I have been doing research and I am trying several methods to “preserve” my summer harvest. All fruits and vegetables have enzymes and bacteria that can destroy the nutrients, change the color…


My Garden First Crop

My garden first crop was 2 yellow crooked neck squash and 1 zephyr squash. Both are delicious!  Both varieties have the same texture and flavor.  The Zephyr is the one with the green tip.  According to “SpecialityProduce.com” Zephyr squash is a relatively new type of summer squash and botanically a…


Simple Supper: One Pot Pasta with Spinach & Tomatoes

Easy pasta dinner with a few ingredients… My favorite go to meal when I have no idea what to make for dinner is PASTA.  It is so easy to prepare and you only need a few ingredients to boost it up to an entree.  Served with a slice of bread,…