Question: Many of my neighbors have lawn mowing service. Their lawns are nicely edged, but the best looking lawn in the neighborhood is taken care of by the owner. It has fewer weeds and always has a nice dark green color. I know he mows his lawn taller. What else do you suggest to have a to…
A surfside treat, California fish tacos feature battered and fried crispy white fish and sprightly pickled vegetables. When done right, they are light and fresh, with a lively mix of textures and flavors.
The smoky char of the grill brings a whole new dimension to plain old Caesar salad. To develop good char and maintain crisp lettuce without ending up with scorched, wilted, even slimy leaves, we used sturdy, compact romaine hearts, which withstood the heat of the grill better than whole heads.
Harissa is a traditional North African condiment that has an irresistibly complex chile flavor.
Question: I would like to incorporate ornamental grasses in several areas of my landscape. Could you recommend which varieties are adapted to our climate?
Sometimes simple is best, and for quick weeknight burgers or a backyard barbecue for a crowd, store-bought ground beef is certainly convenient. But with so many options available in supermarkets, we knew we would need to find the right cut of beef with the ideal amount of fat to produce tend…
Vegetables on their own can be a great option for grilled kebabs, because they cook quickly and, when done right, offer a crisp, charred exterior and a juicy, tender interior.
Spicy, smoky Jamaican jerk is one of the world’s great barbecue traditions. Meat (traditionally chicken or pork) is rubbed with an intensely flavored liquidy paste made from fiery Scotch bonnet chiles, allspice berries, herbs, and spices, and then it is smoked over pimento wood.
A combination of pasta and summer squash results in a light, flavorful dish that’s full of color.
Frost protection for tomatoes
Brownies are controversial territory to chart: Some like them cakey and light in flavor — more of a snack than a rich dessert; some like them moist and chewy; and others, the biggest chocoholics, like them to be purely decadent — almost as dense as fudge and deliciously dark.
In theory, barbecued chicken kebabs sound pretty great: char-streaked chunks of juicy meat lacquered with sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. But without an insulating layer of skin, even the fattiest thigh meat can dry out and toughen when exposed to the blazing heat of the grill —and forget ab…
While raw and roasted vegetables certainly have their place, braising is a great technique for cooking even the most delicate vegetables.
Most artichoke dips could justifiably be called mayonnaise and cheese dips, given what goes into them.
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More than 25 years ago, Chicken Marbella was the signature dish of the famous Silver Palate gourmet shop in Manhattan and the cookbook it later inspired. And it's no wonder this chicken dish caught fire — marinated in a pungent mix of capers, olives and prunes, it boasted big and, for the er…
To make grilled cauliflower with a tender interior and a flavorful, nicely browned exterior, we first microwaved it until it was cooked through and then briefly grilled it to pick up color and flavor.
Soaking chicken in seasoned buttermilk guarantees that your crispy chicken will come out of the oven moist and juicy on the inside.
A veggie burger sounds good in theory. So why do so many taste like hockey pucks, fall apart in the pan, or require a hodgepodge of ingredients? Well, not this burger.
Question: I read an article about how corporate crop development systems are reducing the biodiversity of our food crops and setting us up for catastrophic crop failures. What is your opinion about these kinds of developments?
A delicate tangle of grassy pea greens forms the basis of this salad, complemented by fresh peas, endive, and a warm, fruity vinaigrette that both offsets the faintly bitter quality of the pea greens and lightly wilts them.
Buttery, nutty chickpeas make a great foundation for a satisfying veggie burger. A touch of curry powder adds a hint of warm spice. Panko are crispy Japanese-style bread crumbs—they help hold the patties together.
For grilled pork skewers that were moist and flavorful, we turned to boneless country-style ribs, which are quick-cooking and tender, yet have enough fat to keep them from drying out.
American-style potato salad, thickly dressed with mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, is archetypal picnic fare and will always have a place on summer tables. But we've cooked (and eaten) piles of it over the years, and these days we yearn for something lighter and fresher to serve with gril…
Question: I have decided that we spend too much time and money on our lawn and solving its problems. Could you give some suggestions on developing a lawn-free landscape?
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Question: I want to plant my vegetables early this year so my tomatoes have more time to ripen. How soon can I plant tomatoes outside?
Question: You recently suggested fertilizing lawns in March. Is that also a good time to fertilizer other plants?
Question: My lawn is weedy and full of thatch. What can I do this spring to give it a boost and develop a first class lawn?
Question: I would like to grow more of my own fruit but my back yard is only 15 feet by 40 feet. What would you recommend that I grow?
Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often spiritless.
Question: I have shrubs which have become overgrown and need to be pruned. I have been told there are some shrubs which should not be pruned in the winter or spring. What can I prune now?
There's no reason why a vegetable lasagna made with the classic trio of eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash should be any less satisfying than a meat-based casserole, especially when the produce is in season and locally grown.
Question: All my shrubs lose their leaves in the winter. When I lived in Oregon I had shrubs and ground covers that kept their leaves year round. Are there shrubs that keep their leaves year round that will grow in eastern Idaho?
Question: I have three apple trees that I planted three years ago. I don’t know how to prune them. Could you give me some guidance on apple tree pruning? When is a good time to prune them?
Chicken Florentine is a buffet-line favorite featuring chicken breast and spinach in a mild cream-and-Parmesan sauce—sometimes stuffed inside, sometimes stacked on top. All of these components are good, but this dish can often be stodgy (think old-fashioned casserole) or fussy (involving dre…
Question: I have trouble finding plants of the newer award winning varieties of vegetables in local garden stores. I would like to start some of my own plants from seeds. Could you outline some procedures for successfully starting plants inside?
Question: I have dried herbs that I have saved from plants I grew outside last summer. However, I prefer using fresh herbs. Are herbs hard to grow in pots in a sunny window?
Question: I am going to start some bulbs and seeds inside for the first time. I am confused by the number of different kinds of planting mix. Could you recommend how to select the best mix for bulbs and seeds? When should I begin planting so they will be ready to plant outside in May?
Seven new vegetables have been given awards for 2019 by All-America Selections, the non-profit testing organization for new flower and vegetable varieties. All seven of them are early enough to mature in our short season climate.
All-America Selections, the non-profit testing organization for new flowers and vegetables, has selected four new flowers for awards in 2019.
Question: My indoor plants seem to be languishing in the dark winter weather. The leaves are dull and a lot of leaves are dropping off. Is there anything I can do to perk them up?
Question: I was advised to cut down on fertilizer for my indoor plants in the winter because of a slower growth rate. I have not fertilized since early November. When should I begin fertilizing my indoor plants again? Do you recommend a particular indoor plant fertilizer?
Question: I love indoor hanging plants, but have not had the best of luck with them. Could you suggest some easily grown hanging plants?
Question: I have trouble deciding when to water my indoor plants. I especially seem to lose more indoor plants this time of year. Could you give me some suggestions?
Question: I need help in selecting trees for my new landscape. I don’t have room for 50 foot trees on my small lot. Could you suggest some smaller size trees which I can plant next spring?
Question: I am concerned about the deterioration of my indoor plants that seems to happen about this time every year. Do I need to fertilize them more?
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).
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.