Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kaffir Lime Trees from New Baltimore, Michigan

Kaffir Lime Trees now available from New Baltimore, Michigan

Both the leaves and the fruit of this popular lime tree are used in Southeast Asian cuisine.

Sold growing in 4-inch pots and 11-15 inches tall. Transplant to one or two gallon pot and the tree will flower and fruit in 18 months and be 3-5 foot tall.

The Kaffir Lime Tree is spreading and bushy. Its foliage is dense and consists of small, pale green,blunt-pointed leaves.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Here's How To... Start a Garden

First-time gardeners are encouraged to start small, perhaps with a "kitchen garden" that will offer fresh herbs and a small quantity of fruits and vegetables for use in summer meals.

“Setting aside a small plot near the kitchen or back door or choosing to arrange containers or hanging baskets near a porch or patio may be all that it takes for a beginning gardener to become a more confident gardener,” says Evelyn Neier, a Kansas State University Research and Extension horticulturist.

“Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and herbs such as parsley, basil or rosemary are easy to grow and make flavorful additions to summer menus.”

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recipe Archive: Bread Pudding

"A serving of Old Fashioned Bread Pudding is a delicious way to add whole grain breads to your meals! Buttering each slice of bread and sprinkling it with cinnamon before cutting it into cubes makes every bite especially tasty!"
-- Alice Henneman, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Here's How To... Felt

Felting wool is an ancient skill, practiced by such legendary figures as Attila the Hun and Genhis Kahn, both known as "maker of felted tents."

Felt is simply matted wool. Wool becomes felt when it is subjected to moisture, heat, and agitation. Hot soapy water makes the wool slippery, and causes tiny scales on the fiber to "open up". With agitation, these fibers get intertwined and, when cooled and dried, the scales close and lock the wool into the tough, durable material we call felt.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Asparagus Roots from Outlook, Washington

Asparagus Roots now available from Outlook, Washington

These roots come from a family farm has been growing asparagus roots for over 40 years. Its founder spent several years as the president of the Washington-Oregon Asparagus Growers Association.

Shipped by high speed USPS Priority Mail, roots arrive with planting instructions.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Mardi Gras King costume in Clothing section

Mardi Gras King costume now available on Costumes and Masks in Clothing section

You'll be the king of decadence this Mardi Gras when you wear this Mardi Gras King costume.

Styled in the traditional Mardi Gras colors - purple, green, and gold - this robe jacket has gold puff sleeves, measures 36" from the shoulder, accent cuffs, collar, and hem.

A matching hat has purple faux sequin fabric, a purple jewel on the front, as well as a gold fleur-de-lis and black feather pompadour.

This costume fits over any clothing, so it's perfect for an impromptu surprise, a contest winner, or a special event VIP. Fits up to chest size 48.

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Holiday Treat: King Cakes

A traditional Mardi Gras treat, King Cakes are usually decorated with purple, gold and green (Mardi Gras colors) icing or sprinkles. They are baked with a small trinket inside and the person who receives the prize must host a Mardi Gras party or provide the next King Cake.

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Here's How To... Start Farming

All across North America, people young and old are interested in obtaining some land and starting a farm operation.

Many beginning farmers with little or no experience with production agriculture have similar questions:

* "What are my marketing options?"
* "How can I finance my farm start-up?"
* "What should I grow on my land?

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Pickled Asparagus from Kenner Louisiana

Pickled Asparagus now available from Kenner, Louisiana.

These crisp, young and delicious asparagus spears are seasoned with Creole herbs and spices. They can be served as a delicious appetizer or addition to salads and pastas.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Holiday: Chinese New Year

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. It begins today.

Known in Chinese as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, this is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

Celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice, this holiday can occur anywhere between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar.

The Chinese New Year starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon, which is the 15th day, called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Holiday: Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day.
A popular tradition in the United States, this special day is based on the legend of Candlemas Day, which states:

"For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."

On Groundhog Day a groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

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