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Irises are wonderful garden plants. With their elegant blooms and intricate petals, irises are head-turners in the garden. Irises come in many colors such as blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black. Many have yellow markings on the lower part of the petals. Plant iris rhizomes in a sunny, well-drained spot...
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Crab Rangoon

An easy recipe for crab rangoon. Crab rangoon is an appetizer in American Chinese cuisine of North America. For the filling you can add a little grated ginger and also replace the garlic powder with fresh garlic. Serve with sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce or soy sauce. I usually serve with a thai sweet chili sauce. Read more

Summer picnic

The long-awaited summer is finally here, time for camping and picnics, fishing, or just being outdoors. And with that grilling naturally goes hand in hand. Whether you like shish kebab or chicken skewers, chicken wings, fish or meat steaks, burgers or even just grilled vegetables, the main thing is to prepare in advance and marinate. Vegetables are great for grilling...
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Grilled Rainbow Trout

A great way to prepare rainbow trout. The main thing is to use cider, it adds great flavor to the grilled trout. The grill doesn’t need to be very hot but the cedar plank will help protect the trout from flames and even out the heat. You can use this preparation for not only fish, but also chicken or...
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Shade-loving hostas are one of the most popular and easy-to-grow perennials around. They are come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, color variations, and textures. Plant them in the fall and then watch for tightly wrapped foliage to emerge in early spring. (more…)...
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Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

Creamy, tender risotto with crispy asparagus and mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms can be replaced white mushrooms if you like. Do not use highly concentrated broth, rice absorbs a lot of liquid and additional flavors. Add the broth gradually until it evaporates the previous portion. The finished risotto can be decorated with lemon zest, chives, thyme or parsley leaves. Use vegetable,...
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Our trip to wineries

My husband and I  along with our friends recently have visited a number of local wineries.  Each winery has unique wines and specialities, some have better whites and some have amazing fruit wines. Not only is the wine wonderful, but they also have a great events like live music, vineyard tours or special dinners from the chef. At each winery the setting is...
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