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Up your veggie platter’s fancy levels with a martini glass

It’s holiday party season! Put your dip in a martini or margarita glass and easily get +20 XP in fanciness.

66 things you can grow in a container

Organic Gardens Network put together a primo list of four dozen things YOU! can grow in a container. Given that you’ve got enough light, you can probably grow much more than you’ve thought of!

My favorite surprises: tree fruit! Hops! Herbal tea! Melons! And even a loofah.

An ode to edamame: my homegrown, protein-rich popcorn replacement

I do not care what you say; the BEST snack food in the world is edamame. Green, healthy, savory, salty — steamed soybeans have the popability of potato chips, and it’s so easy to drop a ton of money on frozen packs of them at the grocery.

Growing my own edamame not only broke free of the frozen food aisle, but inspired a consuming love for these tiny green beans and all their furry hardiness.

Gardening preparation check in: have your garden dreams dried up yet?

Yo, hopeful gardeners! Check in! How’s everything looking with your starter seedlings?

If you haven’t already, it’s a good time to look at your babies and see who’s past the germination deadline without showing any green. Some of my seeds have a very long germination time (10-14 days) but once two weeks is up and I haven’t seen any proto-leaves, those little things are quickly replaced with new seeds.

This year I’m planting a bigger variety of plants than I ever have before. I’ve started most of them already (all that I had toilet paper rolls for!) because I have a feeling we’re in for a warm spring. I don’t think I’m going to have to worry about frost as late as I have in years past — so I’m kind of starting all my stuff at once. If I’m wrong, well…then I’ll just start again. I’ve been late in planting seeds in the past, and everything turned out all right, so if I end up starting something late because I THOUGHT it was already covered, it’s not the end of the world.

Recipes for one: Pho, the pinnacle of comfort foods

Now that I’m living on my own, I have to figure out what I’m not too lazy to cook for myself. Luckily, there’s Pho to the rescue!

Here’s my recipe for a simple soup you can customize MANY ways to keep your lonesome self happy.

What we eat and why it matters

Last summer I read The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. I was given the book for my birthday, together with some cookbooks. You get the point, I love food. But I care about how it found its way into my kitchen, too. Let me tell you about what we decided works for us, after much book-reading and value-weighing.

I just heard off-season tomatoes are seriously bad news — what am I going to eat all winter?!

I recently heard a story on NPR about the tomato industry in Florida, which is surprisingly evil. The fact of the matter is that tomatoes we eat in winter that aren’t hydroponic are probably from Florida, where they were probably picked by actual slaves. HOW?! How can I do it?

I won the battle to grow my own food — even though I live on a boat

I’ve always loved food: I was taught to bake from a young age and can whip up a mean Sunday roast or Victoria sponge. I come from a farming family so I’ve always felt aware of where food comes from.

Unfortunately, living on a boat makes growing my own a difficult task — but we’ve finally found a solution.