Category: Recipes

Winter Garden

Siberian kale is one of many greens that can be harvested in Maine in very cold weather. English photo. by Roberta Bailey To go out to a snow covered tunnel or cold frame, brush away the snow and open the lid never fails to give me a sense of magical wonder and reverential awe. Outside

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Midwinter Menus

Combine apples and carrots to make delicious muffins this winter. These specimens were seen at the Common Ground Fair – the ‘Orenco’ apples at Mark and Paula Fulford’s Teltane Farm booth. English photos. by Cheryl Wixson Winter sneaks up on us in Maine. The crisp, autumn days get shorter, and cooler. Sunrises are later, sunsets

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Tasty Jellies

Lemon balm is just one of the garden volunteers that can be used to make jellies. English photo. by Roberta Bailey This was a summer for appreciating volunteers. I didn’t necessarily have a lot of people volunteering to help weed or mulch, and I wasn’t dedicating the summer to all the great efforts of MOFGA

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Natural Sweeteners

Federal Approval of GE Beets Challenged Prompted by Genetically Engineered Sugar By Roberta Bailey I feel like I have come full circle. When I started writing this column close to 25 years ago, I converted the sugar in recipes to honey or maple syrup, and I wrote about how to use other sweeteners in recipes.

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Harvest Time Recipes for Alliums

Onions at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, ready for harvest in September. English photo. by Roberta Bailey After living most of my adult life without running water, hoses are an absolute marvel of technology and a blessing to me. I never cease to find joy in the ease of running a hose to the garden

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Savory Pancakes

By Roberta Bailey Pancakes – they’re not just for breakfast any more. They haven’t been for centuries, but lately most of us seem to think of pancakes as synonymous with blueberries and maple syrup. Pancakes in one form or another are a part of every culture, including scallion pancakes or pa jun in Korea, German

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Harvest Kitchen Broccoli Bounty

English photo. by Roberta Bailey Around the end of June or the very beginning of July, the garden changes dramatically from a plot full of fragile seedlings and newly seeded rows into a full-blown summer garden. This year the shift occurred on July first in my garden. I was absent-mindedly walking through it on my

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Harvest Kitchen Salad Dressings

by Roberta Bailey The greens that I started in my sunroom in January are sizing up. Lettuce, mustards, spinach and cilantro stretch from mouse ear to cat ear size. As I water them I tell them about dogs. As I watch them grow, I try to correlate their growth rate with the rate of increasing

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Harvest Kitchen A Celebration of the Harvest

By Roberta Bailey Copyright 2006 As the first frost came, I must admit that I breathed a sigh of relief. This has been the most trying gardening season of my life, and now I can begin to put it behind me, but not without an eye toward the sky. You may recall that the garden

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Side Dishes for Baked Beans

Common Ground’s Bean Hole Beans – Continuing a TraditionClick on the heading to read our story about cooking “Bean Hole Beans” at the Common Ground Country Fair by Roberta Bailey    When I first farmed in Maine, I would set up a little table in the garage by the road and sell produce.  Each week on

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