Arugula Salad With Honey Pecan Vinaigrette


I have a confession to make. Although I love to cook and can happily spend hours chopping fruit to make marmalade, I hate making salad. I mean the kind of salad made with iceberg dressing, carrots, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and so forth. Not only do I dislike chopping all the vegetables, but
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November Evening Garden Walk


November is a wonderful time for gardening in north Florida. The light in the mornings and evenings is so beautiful it takes your breath away. Here are a few shots from the gardens at Cowlick Cottage Farm this evening. I hope you enjoy them!

Cleyera adds fall color to the new
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Vignettes from the Brooks County Skillet Festival

A stop on the New Leaf Market Fifth Annual Farm Tour

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I live in a pretty rural area, so you would think that when I get a chance to venture out from the farm, I might head for the big city. And I do, from time to time. But this weekend the big event was the New Leaf Market Fifth Annual Farm Tour, and my
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Preparing the Fall Garden

Seminole Squash Harvest at Cowlick Cottage Farm

Southern gardeners are blessed with many things. Bourbon, shrimp and grits, for example. We are also blessed with long growing seasons, and this year we have even had abundant rain while much of the rest of the country bakes in drought. We are also about to face a hurricane here in the panhandle of
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A Garden Giveaway!


It is midsummer, and my garden is definitely in need of a refresh. The heat and humidity have taken their toll on the spring plantings, and I spent the morning guerilla gardening. I pulled weeds—a ton of weeds—and cut back overgrown plants. I harvested at least 70 pounds of pumpkins that were ripe
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In Praise of Figs


Have you ever feasted upon a fresh fig? Those that have partaken develop an almost cult-like adoration for them. I must confess that I never tasted a fresh fig until I picked the first one from our own tree a year or so ago.  A fresh, ripe fig tastes nothing like a Fig
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Classic Fried Okra


At this time of year, the okra is taller than I am, and I have to stand on tiptoe to harvest the tender pods that dance at the top of the branches. The okra pods grow so quickly that they need to be harvested daily. I like to pick the pods when they
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Spicy Pickled Okra


Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is one of my favorite plants to grow during the heat of summer. A member of the mallow family, okra has large leaves and lovely flowers that resemble hibiscus. Here in the south, it can grow eight or nine feet tall, and in a few weeks, I’ll need a ladder to
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