Category Archives: Al Fresco Living

The best plants for shady gardens

There’s a common misconception that a shady garden means a dreary garden, but just because your garden doesn’t get full sun all day long doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Yes, the hosta is everyone’s …

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Octoberfest Celebrating

 
 Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
This post is brought to you by many of us  who celebrate Octoberfest by gathering together around the Severn River to enjoy wholesome, beautiful food …

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Cook It, Color It Pumpkin-even the Seeds!

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
While we are still weeks away from full fall color in nature, a definite undertone of yellow and bronze, red and maroon is creeping over the …

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Veteran Compost Grows the Full Circle

 Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
What do I mean by the above title? Using redworms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich humus is known as vermicomposting and the benefits of …

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Did You Catch that Harvest Moon? + More Harvest Food

 
Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
September’s burst of summer glory segues brilliantly into the glorious hues of autumn. It’s such a great time of year for produce. This menu highlights produce and meat still …

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Harvest Moon Menus

Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Some folklore oriented farmers I know describe the Harvest moon as the full moon which lights the way between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. What it always signifies is …

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Casual Entertaining with the Chesapeake Harvest-SANDWICH SHARE

 
Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert

Yummy Unique Gazpacho
Sandwich Share-Smoked Salmon, Cucumber on Whole Wheat Naan
Fresh Peach Frangipane Tart

 As we planned our annual midday poolside get together, …

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Hopscotch for a Whole Month!

 

Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Well, ya’ll get hip hoppin’ on over to the largest upscale sidewalk sale Homestead Gardens’ has ever had! Look up and follow the banners hanging from …

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Readying for the Fourth of July

 
 
“Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
Summer’s hottest holiday arrives with a bang and lots of excitement! Break out your bright red, hot and blue table toppers and keep …

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Go for The Garden Party

  

“Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
The term, garden party automatically creates a mood and brings images of blooms, greens and out-of-doors fetes which can be elegant, whimsical, coastal or casual.

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Beach Partying-Let’s Go and Don’t Forget the FlipFlops!

 

 “Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert 
If you’re real lucky, it’s the season to take the good life to the beach! Start prepping — now. Put in the time well before for portables, …

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As Summer Opens…Al Fresco Living

 

“Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert

 Memorial Day weekend in the Chesapeake is marked by a breathtaking flight of the Navy’s Blue Angels soaring over Annapolis with choreographed formations which leave the crowd in …

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The Sustainable Cabin Creek Heritage Farm in our Backyard

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bobbed along the forest path, down the hill, around the bend and finally came to a stop as the curious “Woodland …

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Festive Food for July 4th

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Most of us around the country will be grilling the favorites for the 4th-burgers, dogs and possibly sausage…that’s a given. The side dishes can be a …

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A Trip to Homestead Gardens Deco Department

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Coastal Cottage and Fathers Day
In early summer, it’s a good thing to focus on the home furnishings and now expanding fashions at both Homestead …

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The Nuts & Bolts of Outdoor Entertaining

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 Join us for a fun seminar-Saturday 3:00 at Davidsonville, as we throw the doors open and get back outside again for our favorite Alfresco …

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Pizza Over Live Fire

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Pizza over Live Fire
You can’t deny that a grilled pizza, crusty and smoky from a live fire, is one of the most tantalizing dishes imaginable. …

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“Local” Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Berkshires

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

“Local” Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in the Berkshires

 

7-Grain, Coconut Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Sauce

Med Mezze Plate with Fresh Corn Fritters

Halibut Puttanesca

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Revving Up for the 4th with Designer Dogs!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Hot Diggity Designer Dogs 

What could be more fun-an outdoor grilling holiday, lively folks (young and old) and a sampling of great …

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New Grills for Firing Up Fathers Day!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

The great news is Homestead Gardens has a slew of brand spankin’ new grills in stock because so many folks asked for them. Recent …

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