Gardeners Touch

Getting to the ROOT of Change

Cultivating Life’s Garden

The pruning and cultivating are the life lessons, where the process of growth is in the hands-on, active work. Branches need to become strong enough to support the fruit without breaking. This is where lasting change takes place; where healthy roots are established through strength and perseverence.

Two Healthy Asparagus Recipes

Crescent Roll Asparagus Rollups (courtesy of tastykitchen.com) 16  Large Stalks Fresh Asparagus 8 ounces, weight Canned Reduced-Fat Crescent Roll Dough 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ cups Shredded Pecorino Cheese (Parmesan Works Nicely As Well) Salt And Pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut or break the tough bottoms off the asparagus stalks. Open your can …

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Embracing Traditions

Have you ever given much thought to traditions?  Do you have any? Where did they come from? Have they become more of an obligation than a joyful celebration?  By definition, a tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or significance with origins in the past. They …

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Memories of Baba

Baba was the name my children grew up calling my Slovak grandmother.  I think of her more now than ever, wishing she were here to answer questions about her faith, her heritage, and the family she left at such a young age, to start a new life in America.  As you grow older, you wished …

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Healthy Harvest Highlihght – Potato

Another great winter, root vegetable is the potato.  Potatoes pack a lot of healthy nutrition, but often get a bad wrap when eaten in excess and loaded down with unhealthy condiments.  One medium potato (with skin) contains: 45% daily value of vitamin C 10% daily value of B6 110 calories no fat, sodium or cholesterol …

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Cauliflower Potatoes

Ingredients: 1 head Cauliflower 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes 1/2 cup Chicken Broth Salt & Pepper to taste Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) Thoroughly wash potatoes and cauliflower. Cut potatoes into medium sized cubes.  Cut core out of cauliflower and break apart stems.  Place cauliflower and potatoes into a large pot of boiling water. Cook for …

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Healthy Harvest Highlight – Pears

Pears are native to Europe and Asia and they are packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. They come in many different varieties and are high in vitamin C, K, and copper.  A natural source of fiber, pears are good for the heart.  Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding …

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Cinnamon Scented Baked Pears

Ingredients: 4 Medium Pears, ripe and juicy (check them by gently squeezing the neck to make sure they’re soft) 3/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground (divided 1/2 tea for pears, 1/4 tea for ricotta) 1 cup Ricotta Cheese 1 tsp natural sugar (less if desired, or use 1 tsp honey) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pears …

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Healthy Harvest Highlights – Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are part of the cabbage family.  In the home garden, they are sweetest when picked after a stiff frost.  Their harvesting season, depending upon your area, is autumn through early spring. If you are lucky enough to find them fresh (preferably still on their stalk), grab them, but 80%-85% of the US production …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Feta

Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Crumbled Feta Cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove first few layers of leave and wash well.  Cut sprouts in half and toss with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. …

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The Benefits of Eating in Season

In my previous Healthy Harvest post, I discussed the drive behind my efforts towards eating cleaner and healthier.  In an effort to make this move more manageable, I’ve added small, simple changes every couple of weeks.  One of those changes is increasing my fruit and vegetable consumption. I’ve always loved to garden, but these changes …

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