Little Gem lettuce is soft with just a hint of crunch. The delicate flavor is well suited to light vinaigrettes (Ginger Vinaigrette is lovely) and lemony dressings. Little Gems are especially delicious with thinly sliced radishes or spears of gently steamed asparagus.
What do you do if a recipe calls for a fresh herb but you only have dried? No worries--there is a formula to follow when converting fresh to dried herbs and vice versa. The rule of thumb for most herbs is 1 teaspoon of the dried herb = 1 tablespoon of the fresh. In other words, you need to [...]
Knowing when to put up birdhouses is essential for birders to attract nesting birds to their yard or garden. For cavity-nesting birds, houses can provide the perfect place to build a nest, and other species may also use birdhouses as temporary shelters. If the houses aren't up, however, they can't be used. So when is the bird nesting season, and [...]
As seed-starting time approaches, many gardeners are busy organizing their seed packets and making a plan so they know which seeds to start when. This process is far smoother when you know a few facts about the seeds you’re planning to start. Learning how to read a seed packet is key to successful seed-starting efforts. Why You Should Always Read [...]
Buttermilk Dill Salad Dressing This light yet creamy ranch-style dressing is perfect for the tender, young lettuces of spring and early summer. If you want to add some crunch, it's tasty with trimmed radishes or slices of cucumber, too—add them to a salad or serve the dressing as a dip. As long as you're using it as a dip, [...]
Blue Cheese Dressing 1 c mayonaise2 tbsp white vinegar1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce1/4 lb blue cheese (crumbled)1/2 c sour creamBlack pepper (freshly ground, to taste) In a glass bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and cheese.Adjust thickness by stirring in some of the cream. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Chill thoroughly before serving. Also note that [...]