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Mary Beth Shaddix

Recent Posts By Mary Beth Shaddix

A Peachy Trick in Kitchen Tools: Teeth

Never mind the nirvana of freshly picked peaches. I’ve discovered a new tool that takes all my garden girl kitchen gadgets to task! Yes, the perfume of peaches is intoxicating and the rosy-glow skin makes everything seem peachy-keen. And yet it’s that same fuzzy skin that keeps me from enjoying every dripping ounce of my fresh harvest. When I peel peaches […]

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What to Do With 54 Pounds of Blackberries?

We have a joke at our farm, specifically describing my husband’s excitement for anything outdoors, his work ethic, and his hunger to grow: “Why do, when you can overdo?” Staring at my inky-purple stained fingertips as I type, it’s evident this applies to our ever-expanding blackberry patch. I’m just about outdone. I’ve been picking more than any Peter and his peck […]

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Garden Wonder: White Strawberries

Glancing at this photo, one might think I picked these strawberries a little too soon. Fear not! These are perfectly ripened albino versions of a highly-anticipated alpine variety. Here in the Cooking Light garden, we’ve grown quite a few colorful contradictions: purple carrots, yellow zucchini, and red corn. And why not? Growing our own trial garden satisfies a taste for the unusual […]

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Pick Fresh: Today’s Harvest from the Cooking Light Garden

Summer’s here. In case you haven’t noticed, the mercury is rising, and the sweat is dripping. Maybe you’ve been at the community pool. Or at least in an air-conditioned car chauffeuring the kids all over town for day camps and lessons? If you have a garden, or you are one who loves to eat from one, you know it’s also the […]

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Video Blog: New Raised Beds in the Cooking Light Garden and Container Gardening Design

Join me behind the scenes! See our new raised beds and container gardening ideas. Also, be sure to look for the adorable new additions to the chicken coop.

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A New Mom, Fuzzy Chicks, and Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Cooking Light Garden

Nothing shows the unconditional love of a mother like a hen sitting on a nest for 20 straight days. She’s huffy, puffy, protective, and foregoes food, water, and stretching her legs all but once a day. Ladybug, our Cuckoo Maran, plucked her own feathers from her breast, feathered her nest, and hunkered down to make an incubator only Mother Nature could […]

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Eat Your Mulch: Tips to Get Better Groundcover from the Cooking Light Gardener

No palate for pine bark? Spare your imagination–no recommendations to munch on woody mulch here. Mulch is a marvelous addition to all gardens, especially our edible one. We’d rather spend time harvesting and eating than weeding. Any groundcover that sufficiently blocks sunlight from nourishing those weed seeds lurking in the soil is a smart solution. Use landscape fabric, black plastic, two inches of […]

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Crop Pots: Easy Container Gardening

A well-stocked kitchen has the right pots for sautéing, braising, and making soup. It stands to reason the well-stocked garden should have the right pots for certain crops, too. Lettuces love shallow troughs and planters, while stocky, vining tomatoes crave deep pots for deep roots. And just as a shiny Mauviel copper pot or colorful Le Creuset dutch oven is […]

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Plant Peas by St. Patty’s Day

For some, St. Patrick’s Day means green beer, corned beef, and kissing the Irish. For me, the holiday is a hallmark of green things to come in the garden. It signals spring is right around the corner, and who isn’t desperately seeking that right now? “Plant peas by St. Patrick’s Day” has been a longstanding tradition in garden lore. Get […]

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Foodie Travels: Fresh Finds in Seattle

Send this gardener traveling and she’ll sniff out spots with farm-fed kitchens and a fresh take on ingredients. In my world, ideal tilth means a healthy soil teeming with nutrients–a great foundation for all food. It’s also proven a great foundation for a Seattle restaurant by the same name. Chef Maria Hines, a James Beard winner, showcases organic and foraged […]

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