Monthly Archives: February 2013

Beans-Nutritionally Dense “Heroes”

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Low in fat and high in protein and fiber, beans, legumes and pulses are a healthy, high-fiber, affordable choice for both vegetarian and meat-based dishes. You’ll …

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How Gardeners Haul Plants, Mulch, and More

With major spring projects coming up soon, it’s a good time to bring up the rarely mentioned but extremely common problem known to all passionate gardeners:  How to haul stuff.  And you know what stuff …

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My Picks for Easiest Natives and Nonnatives

With author/native plant expert Rick Darke’s talk coming up this Saturday at Key School in Annapolis on the topic of “Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden”, I got to thinking.  What’s the balance …

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A Sampling of D.I.Y. Bourbon-Brined and Smoked Salmon

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Come one and all as we break out the grill to kick off 2013 Outdoor Entertaining and the Grilling Season.  I’ll be showing you …

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Change comes to the Golden Spades

 What’s New?  Double the EventsGood news for Homestead’s customers of a certain age (50 and up)!  Our monthly gatherings for talks by Education Coordinator Gene Sumi will be offered twice a month starting soon …

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Philadelphia Flower Show Always Good, Going for “Brilliant”

“Brilliant!” is the theme of this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, now in its 184th year.  (And yes, it’s the longest-running in the world and also the largest flower show anywhere.)
In my admittedly …

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Celebrating with the Chinese New Year-Year of the Snake

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert
The Year of the Water Snake began last Sunday, however, it lasts for a full year so there’s still time to celebrate one of the most …

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The 4-1-1 on Knockout Roses

 This month’s meeting of the Golden Spades covered a topic that Homestead Education Coordinator Gene Sumi gets questions about all the time, he says, so often that he decided they needed their own meeting to …

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It’s Time to Plan your Vegetable Garden!

First in a series about growing vegetables by Lisa Winters.
If you’re like me, you’ve been salivating over the seed packets that are starting to cover the walls of the garden center. I’ve …

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Valentine’s Day Small Bites-Verrines!

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Shower your loved one with a snazzy idea of French origin-perfect for Valentine Day. How about a verrine? This word comes from verre, or …

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Thomas Rainer in Annapolis – Tomorrow Night!

The Annapolis Horticulture Society continues to amaze me with the quality of speakers they present for their members and the public, and tomorrow night’s talk is no exception.  Speaking with inspiring visuals will be …

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Learn how to Balance Natives and Exotics in the Garden with Rick Darke

One of the hottest topics in gardening today is the importance of using native plants – locally and regionally native ones, that is.  (Nationally native, a classification used by the USDA’s plant database and others, …

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“Food: Transforming America’s Table 1950-2000,”

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
As you visit the exhibit showcasing our food culture over the last five decades, it’s most interesting to see how quickly old styles make quick …

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