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How to Make Easy Dill Quick Pickles

Ready to use in just over an hour, these Easy Dill Quick Pickles are a great way to enjoy pickled cucumbers sooner than later this summer. When I first started pickling things, I didn’t really know the difference between canning pickles and making refrigerated pickles, though the refrigerated ones seemed — at the time — …

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In Our Maine Garden: Sometimes Your Bounty is Just Under the Soil

I’ve been biding my time until our carrots and radishes were ripe. Finally, this past week, I took a chance and pulled some — and guess what? They were. Buried just under the soil were perfect carrots, delightful beets and the beginnings of walla walla onions, though I didn’t pull any of those yet. So …

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Arugula Salad with Balsamic Roasted Radishes and Sweet Potatoes

Radishes, sweet potatoes and shallots are roasted with balsamic vinegar and then tossed with fresh arugula in this savory arugula salad recipe. July was the hottest month in recorded human history, the Washington Post reported this morning. We sweated through it, closing curtains to the punishing heat of the morning sun, reversing the direction of …

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In Our Maine Garden: Patience Delivers a Harvest

Okay, okay. It wasn’t patience that delivered our harvest. It was planning, planting, weeding, watering, sunlight and warms. It was things both in and beyond our control. Over the last week or two, we’ve harvested at least nine pounds of string beans — green haricot verts, purple string beans and wax beans. We’ve also harvested …

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Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Fresh strawberries, sugar and lemon juice are all that’s needed to make a batch of this sweet strawberry sauce — perfect for spooning onto waffles, pancakes, angel food cake and more. If early summer has a flavor, it might just be strawberry. It’s the fragrant reminder of childhood treks through strawberry fields and trips to …

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In Our Maine Garden: Watching Our Raised Vegetable Beds Grow

We were overzealous when we planted our raised vegetable beds. Or, really, I was. I wanted to get seeds in the ground. I waned to see our garden growing. So we planted with loam instead of waiting for the nutrient-rich compost to arrive at the community garden. That’s not to say that it’s been a …

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