How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin for Pie or Soup

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin for Pie or Soup {17}

With my front porch buckling under the weight of pumpkins, and winter bringing up the rear, I’m eager to do something with the bounty before me. Two things come to mind: pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. But first things first, let me show you how I cook and process the pumpkin to a more workable and storable(…)

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Quince Marmalade Is a Gem of a Jam

Quince Marmalade Is a Gem of a Jam {7}

Quince (Cydonia oblonga) are the unsung stars of my autumn larder, each resting like an artful still life awaiting a transformative trip to the kitchen. The beefy little orbs tend to be hard as rocks, but release a fruity perfume when appropriately ripe. Their real magic (in addition to outward beauty) comes when the fruit is cooked, at which time(…)

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Vashon Halloween: Ghouls, Goblins and Cutiepies

Vashon Halloween: Ghouls, Goblins and Cutiepies {1}

Vashon Islanders take their celebrations seriously, in a non-serious sort of way. Halloween is no exception. On Friday, town was closed to cars, and left to ghouls, vampires, princesses and pirates in search of free treats, treats and more treats from local merchants. It’s one of my favorite spectacles on the island, where kids, parents, kin(…)

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Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard {4}

As plots of ground and garden go, orchards hold a special place in my heart. For the gifts of promise, patience and firmly-established roots look no further. The planting of my own orchard has been an episodic tale of discovery and reward. In fact, this year my pear trees produced an admirable sampling of fruit that I(…)

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