Roasting is an easy way to produce Brussels sprouts that are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. To ensure that we achieved this balance, we started by roasting them covered with foil; tossing them in a little bit of water to create a steamy environment helped cook them through.

Question: I would like to add more color to my home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Could you give suggestions for decorating with long lasting holiday flowers and greens?

For many of us, the menu for Thanksgiving is etched in stone. We eat the same dishes every year because we love every one of them. But what about switching it up a little by swapping in a Grape and Cranberry Crisp for the more traditional apple, pumpkin or pecan pie?

Question: I have several large shrubs planted in front of my home which have overgrown the sidewalk and are blocking the windows. I was going to shear them down with my power clippers, but I do not want them to become square hedges. I have read about your “natural” pruning methods. Are these…

Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you’ve got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly cooked meat) can be tricky.

This elegant nut tart is surprisingly easy to prepare, thanks to the very simple filling. For the filling, we used a pecan pie base but swapped in walnuts, reduced the amount of sugar, and added a hefty amount of vanilla as well as a hit of bourbon (or rum).

There's no need for gardeners to go dormant along with their landscape when cold weather arrives. Arranging plants in small dishes and pots can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the summer growing season.

Question: I moved to eastern Idaho six months ago from a warmer climate. Could you give me some suggestions for protecting my plants, equipment and tools from winter damage. I have an unheated outdoor shed.

Pairing perfectly roasted salmon with a spiced-up honey-lime glaze required a cooking technique all its own. Slashing the skin encouraged it to render and crisp quickly, but we also needed to give the flesh a strong, flavorful crust that would stand up to (as well as hold on to) a thick coat…

Question: My neighbor suggested that I compost my leaves instead of disposing of them. How do I go about composting? How can I use my compost?

Question: I have a number of shrubs which need pruning. Is this a good time to prune, or should I wait until spring?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? In the same vein, I propose that when fall gives us pumpkins, we should make toasted pumpkin seeds. We have to scoop them out anyway when we cook the squash, so why not turn them into something delicious instead of tossing them into the garbage?

Question: Borers have been attacking my two birch trees this year. Our Arborist says this problem is pretty widespread this year. How can I control this pest?

Question: I enjoyed your column on bulbs. I would love to plant bulbs in containers, both for indoor and outdoor flowering. Could you explain how to successfully grow bulbs in containers?

A few weeks ago, a new friend of mine asked me to make beer-can chicken. He had never had it before and had always wanted to try it. At first, I was surprised because, to me, beer-can chicken is as common as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But then, I posed the question to the other peop…

Fall is in the air, and with it an urge to get organized, clean up sloppy summer habits and knock our schedules into shape. One way to feel like you've got some semblance of order at home is to master The Big Supermarket Shop.

There’s no better way to enjoy fall’s abundant apple harvest than in a towering deep-dish pie. Unfortunately, this dessert often yields unevenly cooked, shrunken apples swimming in an ocean of their own exuded juices atop a pale, soggy crust.

Question: I was planning to fertilize my lawn a week ago when a neighbor told me I should wait until October. Is this the wrong time to fertilize? I saw a lawn care truck fertilizing in my neighborhood last week. When is the best time for fall lawn fertilization?

This time of year, I could live on tomato sandwiches. But it's hard to make a sandwich out of cherry tomatoes, and I have loads of cherry tomatoes. I don't know what it is, but I can't resist buying them when I see them at the farmer's market. If you are like me and have a glut of cherry tom…