Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Recipe Archive: Hamakua Mushroom Stew

Excerpted from The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook (Vol. 2: The Chefs' Guide to Fresh Island Foods), this recipe was developed by Kevin Chong, Chef de Cuisine at Chef Mavro Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii.

full recipe in The Recipe Archive
Artwork: Hamakua Mushroom Stew
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Home Grown: When to Prune

As the days get shorter and plants go dormant for winter, many homeowners become anxious to prune their landscapes. But for most trees and shrubs, pruning in the fall is not the best time.

Some woody trees and shrubs can be injured during winter from pruning cuts or open wounds that won't have a chance to heal properly until next spring. An open wound in the winter is more likely to suffer damage from water freezing and thawing inside the cracks and crevices of the exposed wood.

Continued in... When to Prune

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Artwork: Steve Lubiana pruning at Granton Vineyard 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rural Delivery: If It's Thursday Night, It's Bullseyes

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1996. All rights reserved.

On Thursday nights in late winter the three taverns facing the railroad tracks in Shoshone, Idaho, are comfortably warm and inviting. Inside any of the establishments customers will be lined up at the bar and scattered among dimly lit tables. Reba will be wailing from the juke box and a crowd will have gathered around the electronic dart machine at one end of the room.
"Pock!" goes a soft-tipped dart into the board and instantly the machine tallies its score. Then another player toes the foul line.

This sparsely populated niche of southern Idaho is a long way from England, where throwing darts at a circular, numbered board is a passionate pasttime. But out of every eighty-five residents in the all-rural Lincoln County at least one is a competitive dart-thrower.

Continued at... If It's Thursday Night, It's Bullseyes.

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Artwork: James Cagney On Martha'S Vinyard Playing Darts.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Home Grown: Efficient Heating in the Greenhouse

"The most efficient electric heater is the one controlled by a thermostat," says Roy Genders in Greenhouse Plants From Seed. "Models generate from 1500 - 3000 watts and are usually fan-assisted for a rapid circulation of air. The convector-style heater is merely plugged in and if polythene lining is usedfor insulating the greenhouse, it will generate sufficient heart to warm quite a large greenhouse most economically.

"Extremely efficient are the tubular electric heaters which are specifically made for greenhouse use and are available in legths varying from 2 to 12 feet and may be fixed around the greenhouse so that it will be evenly heated.

"Horticultural electric tubes, also controlled by a thermostat, are most efficient..."

Continued in... The Book Stall

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Artwork: Utility Heater