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No Algorithm for Beauty

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Of the many distractions that cross my path or are delivered to my inbox (courtesy of the great worldwide interwebs), one actually caught my attention enough for me to respond with a simple click...
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Nectarine Apricot Ginger Jam: Spicing Things Up!

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Tommy's jam kitchen is a jammin' this summer, and with a fresh box of Washington State stone fruit beaming before me (courtesy of my friends at Sweet Preservation), the time is nigh to come...

Sweet Cherry Pickles: Flavorful Tickles

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  I must confess, I get a very big kick out of an official moniker bestowed  upon me each year, or at least for as long as the Washington State Fruit Commission sees fit to...

To Karin With Love

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When I first met Karin, she was not in the room. I stood in her kitchen with my realtor, getting to know the woman and her family merely by the furnishings of the listed...

A Garden Fountain That Whispers Water

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As a card-carrying Aquarian (a.k.a. the water bearer), I take my garden fountain seriously, always fine-tuning and perfecting its placement and performance for both the ear and the eye. It has to look good and...

Growing Peach Trees in the Pacific Northwest: It’s the Pits

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Growing peach trees in the maritime Pacific Northwest is the pits. There I said it, because for thirteen long, relatively futile and fruitless years, I've tended almost every known peach-leaf-curl-resistant peach tree variety on...

Bulb Auger: Easy Way to Plant Bulbs

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If my garden were a banquet table, I would concede that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I dine and garden with my eyes and with little respect to time, space, quantity...

How to Make Pie Dough Shine

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Pie is my spirit animal. Okay, that's a bit much, how about pie is a smile on my plate. (Hmmm, me thinks I'm trying too hard.)  I guess my point is, I like pie;...

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

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Mail-Order Trees: Who Would Have Thunk? Ordering bareroot trees is to Tom as ordering books is to Oprah. I love trees, especially unusual fruit trees, sometimes forgotten heritage varieties, and other times crazy new crosses that put...

Making Sense of 60

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I remember the day my second grade teacher (and my not-so-secret crush) Miss Hilliard introduced the class to a real-life story problem. Her beguiling southern lilt lured us into the battlefield of math before we could...