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Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2015 at 7:40am

Two words:

Pomegranate Margaritas!!!  [YUM!]

Comment by Pat on November 4, 2015 at 7:32am

One of the ways to learn is by your mistakes. Tried making Boston baked beans in a slow cooker this weekend. Can you say "disaster?" Turns out, if you're going to cook dried beans for 8 hours on low. DO NOT do a soaking the night before. They've already absorbed the liquid, and won't take in any more. Overcooked beans in a rather tasty liquid. Live and learn.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2015 at 6:59am

Well, what's cooking, all you foodies?

My daughter made the most deliecious pork lasagna last night. The meat came from their farm after butchering 15 fat hogs, one weighing 320 lbs! Naturally, they're free range pigs.

Comment by Plinius on October 29, 2015 at 7:46am

I know high cholesterol is not a death sentence, we need it. But with pomegranate in our diet we stay healthy and keep the GP from prescribing unnecessary medicines.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 29, 2015 at 7:15am

I like the flavor of pomegranate. It was the trying effort put into getting the seeds out that turned me off.  Maybe mine wasn't ripe.

The more I read about cholesterol, the less stock I put into keeping it low. High cholesterol is not a death sentence--perhaps the opposite! As always, there are two sides to each issue.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 1:30am

Thanks for that information, Chris. I will have to start eating/drinking more of poms to see if I can get my cholesterol into a healthier range. 

Comment by Plinius on October 29, 2015 at 12:33am

We put a pomegranate in our daily smoothies, after my partner got a cholesterol warning. It works better than cholesterol medicines and it tastes better!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2015 at 10:06am

Randy, I love pomegranates. Sorry to learn you didn't enjoy them. Brussel sprouts on the stem taste wonderfully fresh and delightful. I grew them when the kids still lived at home and planted some in the new greenhouse. They attracted aphids creating a chore of giving them a shower every morning to get as many off as possible. Sadly, I used chemicals in those days. Let's hope sprouts grow up free of those pesky critters. 

When I had chemo and radiation, my dietician recommended pom juice as well as a lot of other new things for me. It was a treat finding new flavors. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2015 at 7:29am

When I was in Sacramento 10 days ago, we went to mammoth farmers market. I bought some delicious strawberries, a stalk of Brussels sprouts, and a pomegranate. As a first timer, I had no idea how to "prepare" or eat the pom. I didn't know one just ate the seeds. I wasn't impressed, and it'll be the last time I eat one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2015 at 12:36pm

I planted the first seeds of all kinds of vegetables on Sept 8 & 9. We had our first salad 28 days later. We have all kinds of lettuces, kales, spinach, and radishes. 

The Zucchini has many buds developing nicely. The Meyer lemon progresses with blossoms and nine tiny lemons. The beans have dozens of blossoms as do the three tomatoes. 

Something is pollinating the plants, I see no insects. There are fruit flies where I buried some Concord grape seeds. They must be the pollinators. Laura found some tiny art brushes and I use them to pollinate now. Just making sure we get some produce. 

There is a small solar powered water pump that creates falling water to aerate the 500+ gallons of water in the tank. I don't have a chair in the greenhouse yet, but will find a nice soft, comfortable little one to fit in a corner (what corner? it is a geodesic dome),  


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