Monthly Archives: June 2015

Poisons in a Texas Plant

  Russian Roulette Japanese style Amazingly, the meat of some puffer fish is considered a delicacy. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain … Continue reading

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Zucchini in our 21st Century 2015 Kitchen

  The same neighbors and relatives will bless you and not duck or hide when you return several times to share  your over-abundance of zucchini squash. These recipes may make them look forward to your next visit! 10 Things to … Continue reading

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Progress in Aquaponic herb growing

In the picture above, my Husband, Bud was addressing the problem of drought by investigating a method of growing vegetables and herbs known as “Aquaponics”.  Aquaponics is a closed system that grows fish and vegetables for the table and herbs … Continue reading

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Brown Thumb to Green Thumb

  Most plants I attempted to grow ended up looking like this. I was born and raised in Alaska and never gardened so I had a lot to learn,I started gardening experiments as a “Brown Thumb”. I looked for one-size-fits … Continue reading

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