Category Archives: Cookin’

some of the delicious concoctions to come out of the garden and the kitchen at Ranch du Bois


In honor of Earth Day, the true Mother’s Day (Mother Nature, silly!), I recommend taking in as many plant sales as possible. Here’s the short list: Friday and Saturday, April 24th & 25th, Annual Plant Sale at the Idaho Botanical … Continue reading

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Gotta get it now: Durable Plants

From Fulcrum publishing This may be the book of the year for Rocky Mountain garden lovers. The Plant Select organization has showcased all 74 of their tried and true outstanding plants in one concise, beautiful volume. This wonderful handbook includes: … Continue reading

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Soup Nazi it’s not

My CSA farmer Casey offers an extra service that really floats my boat. Its a soup CSA and I highly recommend it. It is the perfect answer for the “what to cook on Monday night” dilemma that seems to come … Continue reading

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And the gold has been awarded! and the silver and the bronze.

Idaho Gardener has had a bang up time judging the Gardening Olympics. Here’s a list of the entrants and the winners: Gold Medalists for Excellence: Three Winners, ($25 gift certificates to the online store of your choice.) Prairie Rose Garden … Continue reading

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This spud’s for you

CSA Number 8 Famous Potatoes It’s tater time in the garden patch this week. The stars of the show in this week’s grocery bag are the dozen or so small red new potatoes. And boy, oh, boy do I have … Continue reading

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you asked for it

For my Red Dirt Girl who said SHOW ME,here’s the scene from smokin’ hot Idaho. I hate to say it, but as I type I think I see a nasty smoke cloud……just over the horizon. 105 in the shade and … Continue reading

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From Mary Jane’s Ideabook……

This recipe is from Mary Jane’s Ideabook. It appeared last week in the Spokesman Review newspaper and was forewarded to me by the one and only, Mary Jane. Gotta tell you, I am groveling for more scapes from my farmer … Continue reading

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Another great ‘no cook’ sauce recipe for summer

This is another way to beat the heat and eat well…….the recipe is from my tattered 1982 copy of the Silver Palate Cookbook. Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil 4 ripe large tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 pound Brie … Continue reading

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