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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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When I was planting my herb garden a couple of weeks ago, there happened to be big rhubarb plant for a good price that I just had to get. After all, I have fond childhood memories of eating my grandma's strawberry rhubarb cobbler and had visions of making the same cobbler with strawberries and rhubarb fresh from my garden....so I got the rhubarb

But alas, you can't harvest rhubarb until it's 2nd year, so it's sitting in my garden sucking up tons of water and tempting me with it's red stalks that I know I'm not supposed to pick until next summer.

Thankfully, the local farm market was selling big bundles of rhubarb this past Saturday.

Not so thankfully, when I called my mom for the rhubarb cobbler recipe, she informed me that my Grandma hadn't written it down and so - since my Grandma is long passed away - it was lost in family history...which explained why I didn't remember having it since I was a child.

Well, crud.

I set to comparing a whole bunch of r…

Seasons

As a kid, I loved summer and fall, but as far as I was concerned, winter stopped being fun after about a month and spring was an evil that was unfortunately necessary to get summer back. This opinion didn’t really change when I grew up - summer had sunshine and swimming and fishing, fall had cider mills and my birthday, and December had Christmas and playing in the new snow, but the rest of the year? Blegh.
But now that I have begun to embrace a more natural, seasonal way of life...I love all four of the seasons, even rainy, inconsistent spring.
Summer is still full of sunshine and outdoor hobbies, of course. Now as an adult, I have the added bonus of being a schoolteacher, with two months of the summer off to focus on my garden and improving my house.
Autumn still has cider mills and my birthday, but now it’s also a time of harvest and preservation, and preparing for the winter. Although a lot of work (and the time that school starts again…), it is exciting and as beautiful as ever, w…

Planting My Herb Garden - First Time!

Where I live, you’re not really supposed to plant your garden until Memorial Day weekend. Buuuuttt….I had planting part one on Mother’s Day!
The extent of my gardening experience is a couple of cacti indoors and a pot of jalapeno plants last summer, so I was super excited to start! My main focus is going to be herbs, since I love to cook...and spices are freaking expensive.
I mean, seriously. Why are spices so expensive?
In my region, I can grow thyme, oregano, chives, and sage as perennials, so those were a must-plant. I also use tons of fresh basil in the summer, so that was a must as well. I also had (well, still have) a list of about 25 different weird herbs that I want because herbs are cool. I may have googled “unusual herbs” and written down everything. Y’know, just maybe.
Anyway, for Mother’s Day I took my mom out to a fancy nursery near where she lives, and ended up buying $90 worth of plants. 
Don’t worry, those weren’t all culinary herbs. I spent just about $40 on culinary…

Dandelion Cookies & Scones

Hello!

May has been incredibly busy, as I am trying to put in my first vegetable garden, work on my kitchen remodel, go to work (SIX WEEKS UNTIL SUMMER BREAK!), and worry about my new kitty who gets into everything, including cupboards and drawers.

One thing that has gotten neglected is the whole cutting-the-grass things...which gave the gobs of dandelions plenty of time to flower!

I was picking dandelion leaves to go in my salads all spring, and one warm day when I got home to work, I saw a sea of yellow flowers. My yard backs up to an empty field, so most of my neighbors have sort of given up the weed battle - although a few spend hours working on their carpet-like manicured lawns.

Personally, I think manicured lawns are boring. They’re pretty enough, I guess, with the lush green grass...but do you know what I think is prettier? A field full of wildflowers. EDIBLE wildflowers, like dandelion, clover, and violets.

I probably don’t belong in the suburbs.

But for now I’ll just sort of …

New Direction - with More Posts!

Hello Internet!
If anybody was reading this before, I doubt they are now since I haven’t posted anything in months. But here is why:
Changed jobs. No wait, changed career fields. Now, instead of sitting in a boring medical office all day, I’m chasing middle school kids around. Suddenly, there is less time to sit on Pub Med looking up random stuff. Lack of research motivation. I feel quite comfortable with the science that I’m already familiar with, and there haven’t been any new studies that have really grabbed my attention. I follow several longitudinal studies, but nothing has come up that has made me embark on a quest for answers. Trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. Do I want kids? When? What are my priorities? How do those differ from my boyfriend’s priorities, and how do I get him to agree with me? Y’know, the usual stuff.
Anyway, I have reached a conclusion that is a direct result of some of the less-scientific websites I enjoyed frequenting during my team in the med…

Summer Salsa Recipe

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Whew! I've been super busy lately with an insane amount of yardwork (and training people at work, where I usually do these things), so things have been a little slow on the medical-research front. However, since my jalapeno plant is currently producing an insane number of jalapenos, I did take a break to make some absolutely delightful salsa, which I will share the recipe for!

Ingredients:
~4 small-medium, fully ripe tomatoes, sliced (large slices fine)
3 jalapeno peppers, with seeds, cut in large chunks*.
1/2 medium sweet onion**, diced (large chunks fine)
Cilantro - I used about 2/3 of a bunch from the grocery store, but use to taste
Salt & Pepper to taste - I added about 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper but do to your own taste!!

*I left the seeds in to create medium-spice salsa. You can remove the seeds for a more mild version, or use a hotter pepper - like an habanero - for a hot version.

**you can use Vidalia onions instead, but don't use red, yellow, or cooking onions.

I…

In the News - Peanut Allergy Cure?

Today at work, in my daily scroll through health-related news articles, I came across this article in Time magazine, which claimed that they had found a cure for peanut allergies.
This is huge. I can’t imagine life without peanut butter and I’ve often joked that if I ever had a kid with a deadly peanut allergy I’d have to give up the kid.
Okay, that’s a joke. I would never give up my kid for anything short of chocolate (okay, okay, I’ll stop). But peanut allergies suck, and they are becoming increasingly common...as are other allergies.
According the magazine article, a group of Australian researchers found great success in administering a probiotic supplement to kids with peanut allergies, that contained tiny amounts of peanuts. Four years later, 67% of the children treated with the probiotic + peanuts were able to eat peanuts comfortably.
Time magazine is usually pretty good about reporting objectively on science studies, and author is conscientious about cautioning readers that this is…