Author: Valerie Taylor

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Linguica, Sweet Potato, and Spinach Chowder

My CSA box this week contained sweet potatoes…lots of sweet potatoes.  The ugliest sweet potatoes you’ve ever seen. This is what a sweet potato looks like when it’s been damaged by voles.  Pretty ugly, eh?  But other than the obvious cosmetic damage, there’s no harm to the sweet potato — you can trim off the […]

November 18th

Big Surprise: Farmers’ Markets on the Increase

The USDA (rather belatedly) began tracking farmers’ markets in 1994.  Although they’re still not very good at it (a check of their database shows exactly THREE in my hometown of Cincinnati which in reality hosts dozens every week) even with their limited knowledge of and connection with actual farmers (!) they’re seeing significant growth in […]

October 1st

Free Online Home Canning Course

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is offering a free, online, at-your-own-pace course in home food preservation through the Universtiy of Georgia.  Topics include: Introduction to Food Preservation General Canning Canning Acid Foods Canning Low-Acid Foods For more details or to register, visit Preserving Food at Home: A Self-Study. More about home food preservation: […]

September 23rd

The Locaquaffer: Fresh Peach Wine Spritzer Recipe

It’s peach season! Fresh peaches are abundant in many farmers’ markets right now, and they are delicious this year. Take advantage of a fresh, local, seasonal ingredient for your evenings on the deck with this summer-in-a-glass recipe for peach wine spritzers. Fresh Peach Spritzers 6 fresh peaches, quartered (I leave the peels on, but peel […]

August 6th