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Not too late to dry herbs for winter use

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Well, at least not here on my little patch of heaven. While getting the herb garden ready for winter, I snipped these herbs and they are drying nicely away on the dining room table. (Yes, I gotta get them off before the Thanksgiving feast….)

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Baked Cornbread & Sausage Dressing

One last recipe to get you through the feast. BAKED CORNBREAD AND SAUSAGE STUFFING Make this a day ahead and reheat in microwave or oven. Or assemble it a day ahead, put in frig, covered, and then bake. It will take a little longer but will be yummy. Ingredients 1to 1-1/4#  pounds regular or sage …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: How long to Thaw? To Stuff or Not?

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A good rule of thumb for thawing turkey in the refrigerator is to allow 1 day for every 4 pounds. And I will tell you now I always stuff my turkey. I only baste once, when I put it in the oven at 325. If you keep opening the oven to baste, you’re losing temperature …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Great Turkey Gravy

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MOM’S TURKEY GRAVY If you like to make gravy right before you serve your Thanksgiving meal, here’s a good one. There’s a couple of steps you have to do ahead of time.   I put the chopped giblets, except for the liver, in a small saucepan and add a chopped up celery rib, a small …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

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Bread drying on wood stove for stuffing Most of you already have my do-ahead gravy recipe posted elsewhere. But here it is again, and I’m clarifying it in response to some of your questions. I’m also giving you the recipe twice: the first time with photos and the second as a printout. MAKE AHEAD TURKEY …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

  DO AHEAD  MASHED POTATOES   I get more requests for this!  You can do this a couple of days ahead. Ingredients 4 pounds or so potatoes, peeled if you want and chunked up 8-12 ozs cream cheese, softened, regular or light 1 cup sour cream, regular or light Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Stir Down Rolls (No Knead!)

The minute I saw the recipe from colleague and friend, Annie Egan, a Kennedy Heights, Ohio reader, for her family’s stir down rolls, I just had to make them. Annie’s mom, Cyndi Mitchell, has made these rolls for over 2 decades. Cyndi got the recipe from Grandma Mitchell, so you know it has a history. …

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Time to Plant Spring Bulbs in Containers

From my garden guru, Ron Wilson of Natorp’s comes this timely information on creating a beautiful spring bulb container garden! It is the perfect way to bring spring beauty to any size garden. Materials Needed: One large wide container at least 10 -12 inches deep with excellent drainage holes in the bottom. Soil-less potting mix for our …

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Garden Tips for November: (Hint: now’s the time….)

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From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson, Natorp’s. TAKE CARE OF THE DIRT Till the garden this fall.  Exposed soils freeze and thaw over the winter and help to break up that heavy soil.  Add a layer of compost, pine soil conditioner, manure, or finely ground leaves and grass clippings before you till. Fall is the …

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Not feeling up to par? Try ginger, turmeric & cider vinegar tea

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I went to bed a few nights ago with a scratchy throat. By morning, it blossomed into a full fledged sinus infection. So the first thing I did in the morning, after using my neti pot and gargling with warm salt water, was to make some ginger tea. Later on I’ll make some cider vinegar …

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