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Advice for new food gardeners

Learn what the good bugs look like! They will take care of the bad guys for you if you learn how to attract them (planting things that attract them in your garden with your veggies,) and you won't need to use chemicals.

about 1 hour ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

I'll be happy to share seeds at the end of the season.

about 1 hour ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Pollinating Tomato Plants

They're the soil equivalent of our good gut bacteria.

about 17 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Thanks. I'm lucky to be a pepper lover in an ideal pepper growing climate. :)

about 18 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Here Animal Control will come pick them up- you might wanna make a call before you get a trap. :)

about 19 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Will do. I know I want to smoke some before grinding for sure. I'm trying to find out which varieties are traditionally used for what (I know the Feher Ozon are for sweet paprika, for instance,) but so few of the sites that have the info are in English. I got the seeds by way of a guy in Ohio that got 'em from guys in Bulgaria and Hungary.

about 20 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Check and see if your city Animal Control folks will bring you a trap.

about 20 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Dehydrate and grind them. :) I'm growing several paprikas this year: Feher Ozon, Kurtovska Kapija, Alma, Szegedi 80, and Szentesi Cseresnye. I should have some killer blends in my spice rack by the end of the summer. :) I'm also growing Aleppo and a few others that are destined for spice jars. (And of course lots of varieties for fresh eating and cooking!)

about 20 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Feher Ozon paprika

about 20 hours ago
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

Nah, you'll be a pro by the end of the season! If you're up for it next year I'll send you some Aleppo seeds.

about 21 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

Organic ferts don't really work very well in pots because there is no soil food web to break down the nutrients and make them available to the plant. If you want to go the organic route in a container you need to innoculate with endo and ecto mycorrhizae- probably a couple of times throughout the season since it washes out the bottom of the pot with the nutrients when the pot is watered (which is why tomatoes have to be fed so often!)

about 22 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Pollinating Tomato Plants

You shouldn't need to, tomatoes are really good at doing it on their own. If you're not happy with the yield you're getting from a certain variety, try another variety. They don't all produce the same amount.

Pollinating Tomato Plants

Frequent shallow watering encourages shallow roots which isn't what you want, deep infrequent watering produces a deep root system that can support a large plant with lots of fruit. If you're unsure about watering, moisture meters can be had inexpensively and take all the guess work out of the equation. They're great for varieties like romas that are prone to BER.

It does reach 105 here and I only water 2 or 3 times a week at those temps.

1 day ago
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Shopping for fryable cheese

May 19, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cheese

i am not planning to replace the dishwasher when it dies.

We thought we would just go without when ours died since there are only 2 of us but we're looking for a new one. The water bill has gone up from handwashing and we're in a drought, dishwashers use less water. Some use as little as 4 gallons a load.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015

Zoodles have been a staple for low carbers for years, check out some low carb recipe sites for ideas.

Boiling veggies generally leaves much of the nutrients in the water, sauteeing them works well and whenever you need them drier just make them in advance and wrap them in a tea towel in the fridge for a day.

May 15, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What Oil for Mayo?

I use coconut oil for 1/4 of the oil *because* it hardens in the fridge. It gives the mayo good body, not so runny.

What Oil for Mayo?

I use 3/4 avocado and 1/4 coconut.

Savory Snack - no wheat

Frico

Vegetable gardens 2015

Will do. I plan on stuffing them for starters- they're the perfect individual serving size, between a baseball and softball in size.

They're an heirloom so I'll save seeds if they're good.

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

"I think that this happens enough that to expect to be comped on the replacement (in the US) is hardly a reach."

I would have cleaned it up, offered to pay for the glass and tipped obscenely for causing the inconvenience. If they comped the second round I would insist on paying for it.

Vegetable gardens 2015

I'm excited that we'll be trying the Ronde de Nice squash soon, it's the first year I've grown it.

May 13, 2015
weezieduzzit in Gardening

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

If you knocked over a glass at home and it broke over the food would you expect the grocery store to replace the food you had made or would you accept that it was an unfortunate accident that you caused and replace the food with something else you had purchased?

If you had been at a larger restaurant and they brought out more food for free it would have been out of fear of liability (someone swallowing glass and blaming them,) not out of kindness.

Get over yourself and go enjoy the restaurant again.

meals to share

What about gift cards to places that deliver or where they could call it in and pick up? Those would be really nice for nights when getting dinner together is just too much.

I ran a mealtrain for my next door neighbor a couple months ago (she broke both arms- completely shattered bones and had to have pretty major surgery and has an adult Autistic son that needed to be fed as well but could only be of limited help in handling the food,) and those that stuck to the plan where of great help to her. Those that insisted on doing things their way and showing up randomly with whatever food it was that they wanted to make resulted in a lot of extra work, bad feelings and a lot of food that ended up in the trash (a glut of mac and cheese/ lasagna/ alfredo/ every-other-kind-of-pasta-you-can-imagine which she wasn't interested in, foods that were a repeat of things she had just gotten, serving sizes far too large or too small, etc.) It's never as simple as you think it can/ should be. :)

The foods on your list are all pretty cold weather/ soft foods- is it still cold where you are? I would recommend running the list by the family. 5 kids might mean 5 different sets of food preferences, potential allergies, picky eaters, etc.

May 11, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

meals to share

First and foremost I would ask them what they would prefer- gift cards or meals (and ask if they want to cook or if they prefer ready made,) so it doesn't become more of a burden than help. If they prefer meals, I highly recommend using MealTrain.com so the family can state their preferences and so there aren't repeats. Its also nice because the family can request when meals are delivered so they aren't dealing with too much at a time.

May 11, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

I tried to justify an Italian heather for myself but my maniac cats can't handle the responsibility of houseplants.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

They always have nice flowers and plants at the store I go to but they have an extra large selection for Mother's Day. I picked up a pot with lucky bamboo and 2 types of orchids for the monster in law who likes tropical flowers for $19.99.

May 09, 2015
weezieduzzit in Chains
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What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

The man didn't mind eating Mexican food twice yesterday so we had carne asada and elote (really the only way I like corn,) with the usual suspects: red onion, queso fresco, cilantro, tomatoes, avocados, salsa, etc.

So... the salmon moved to tonight and I'm in the mood for blackened with a great big green salad.

More May flowers, an epiphyllum I received as a gift recently bloomed for the first time today.

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Thanks NW! Hope you're feeling better yourself!

How strange that you aren't seeing lower avocado prices, you and I are only about 50 miles away from each other.

May 06, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Thanks! Emotionally draining for sure. Hearing my Mom sound like herself again is the best part. :)