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In Our Maine Garden: Mid-Summer’s Produce Dreams

It’s mid-August and our mid-summer’s produce is a dream. Come gaze at our garden, and see why I am so excited about a plant I nearly pulled. I’d worried that some of our cucumbers just didn’t grow. That’s happened to us before — last year with baby bok choi, this year with my favorite peppers. …

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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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Introducing the Newest Member of the Sarah’s Cucina Bella Household

There’s been a new addition to our home. And honestly, it was among the most unexpected new additions. But sometimes, it’s the things we don’t expect that turn out to be the greatest gift of all. Meet Bippity. This precocious, curious kitten has sauntered his way into our hearts and added joy to our days while …

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Dilly Beans or How to Make Pickled Green Beans with Dill Weed

The word pickles probably conjures an image of small cucumbers in brine or other pickling solution. But so many foods can be pickled — including green beans. This recipe for Dilly Beans, or Pickled Green Beans with Dill Weed, is a lovely way to preserve summer’s green bean harvest for enjoying all year. The beans came …

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In Our Maine Garden: Week 4, or I Can’t Believe We Grew This From Seed

Someone pinch me! Our garden is growing and I am still amazed that we did this all from seed. That’s what I am sharing in the fourth installment of In Our Maine Garden. When we planted radishes last year, I was surprised when they grew and even more surprised when the row was lush and full. Every …

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