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Pat Crocker





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4/30/2009
Anyone who has ever grown garlic knows how delicious the green tops are in spring salads and perhaps have even tossed a handful into a soup stock. With their heady garlic scent and bright green goodness, these edible green grasses are just the thing for winter weary palates.
4/25/2011
I read cookbooks like some people read mystery novels or the latest steamy romance. The object of my affections this month is Everyday Flexitarian: Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-lovers Alike, by Nettie Cronish and Pat Crocker.
4/2/2014
Patagonia’s Simple Fly Fishing campaign offers gear, easy techniques and basic teachings for any skill level.
2/21/2011
A scientists who has studied plant pathogens for more than 50 years warns that Roundup Ready crops could cause 'a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.'
11/10/2009
Jayne-Young resurrects antique copper pots as lighting fixtures with old-world charm.
4/8/2011
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
3/9/2010
This Saint Patrick's Day, make Irish stew that has many surprising herbs and spices.
3/5/2012
Enjoy this blogger's favorite holiday with a healthier version of fish & chips.
10/12/2010
Patchouli essential oil is a great remedy for wounds and scars because it regenerates skin cells. Learn more about its many health benefits.
1/15/2013
Texans Janie and Brent Farler hone their pottery skills as they start making bowls for Empty Bowls, a project that fights hunger.
10/24/2011
A night in turns culinary delight with delicious pumpkin sage risotto made with local pumpkin and homegrown sage.
3/17/2011
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
4/8/2010
Try these alternative aromatherapy products for long lasting relaxation.
3/20/2013
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
1/28/2014
Retired financial manager Rex Gardner of Nashville, Tennessee, returned to the piano after an absence of 35 years and wound up playing in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2007.
11/15/2012
An economical, new product from Yikes! Phone and Table Rescue revives cell phones—and other electronics—that unexpectedly go skinny dipping. Learn how to save a wet cell phone!
12/4/2012
Embroidery artist Jenny Hart, founder of the online embroidery store Sublime Stitching, has taken an age-old needlework tradition and jazzed it up.
11/7/2012
Young Austin, Texas, baker Kendall Melton studied theater but chose to become a baker instead.
3/14/2013
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
5/3/2011
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
8/27/2010
Zemco Industries, a division of Tyson, has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens, a deadly foodborne bacteria, from Walart stores across the nation.
3/17/2009
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
4/30/2010
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
2/29/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
5/16/2011
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
4/6/2011
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
3/19/2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
3/25/2013
Texas artist Sandra Stevens has always been crazy about cows. Today she creates cow paintings for Western art lovers.
11/13/2012
A Texas couple who raises grass-fed beef without chemicals or hormones tried raising turkeys for the first time this Thanksgiving season.
5/15/2011
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
10/30/2013
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
5/16/2011
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
7/9/2010
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
3/1/2012
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
5/20/2011
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
4/15/2013
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
11/25/2009
Learn how to get the full flavor of holiday baking without investing in 10 new jars of herbs or spices.
4/9/2010
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
1/18/2011
Grow spinach (Spinacia oleracea 'Bloomsdale Long Standing') from seed this spring with this garden giveaway.
4/6/2012
Want to take advantage of the health benefits of kale but don't know how to eat it? Brian Patton, author of The Sexy Vegan Cookbook, shares five ways to eat kale.
4/13/2011
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
5/21/2010
Patsy Bell Hobson reviews Doug Oster's book, Tomatoes Basil Garlic, which captures the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile veggies.
4/22/2010
Get maximum flavor and brilliant color in a small garden space with peppers.
3/23/2010
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
5/18/2010
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
4/12/2011
Try growing chervil in your garden this spring. Also, enter our latest garden giveawy by leaving us a comment, explaining how you would use the plant.
8/3/2010
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
3/2/2011
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
10/20/2009
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
2/2/2010
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
6/21/2011
 Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
10/12/2011
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
9/21/2011
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
12/28/2011
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
4/5/2012
Sit down with Brian Patton, author of "The Sexy Vegan Cookbook" and executive chef at Vegin' Out, to learn about being vegan and eating healthy.
10/19/2011
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
9/28/2011
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
8/18/2010
One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.
1/25/2012
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
2/1/2012
When I saw Susan Belsinger's book about roses on the International Herb Association website, I was thrilled. She was kind enough to allow me to share this Rose Vinegar recipe from her "The Roses in Your Vinegar" article.
11/2/2010
Take advantage of bargain prices to add these heirloom herbs to your garden!
6/7/2011
This garden favorite is great for salads, mesclun mixes, pastas and pizza. Comment for your chance to win a packet of arugula seeds from Renee's Garden.
6/29/2010
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
3/25/2010
There are many different ways to bake with lavender. Try my suggestions for lavender-infused baked goods, beverages and spice mixes, such as the classic combination of Herbes de Provence.
12/30/2009
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
4/11/2012
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
3/14/2011
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
10/7/2009
Before we go into mourning over the loss of our favorite fresh herb, basil, let's consider these five ways to stretch out our basil  harvest.
10/6/2010
Try saving seed from a few of your garden favorites this year. The number of seeds sold in the seed catalogs decreases every year. Saving seed may save that particular variety from extinction.
5/12/2010
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
6/8/2010
Although pickling is the most well known use for dill, don't forget all the wonderful ways to include this herb in your life. Enter for a chance to win dill 'Dukat' seed packets.
11/11/2011
It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.  
5/25/2010
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
11/22/2011
My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get drive-thru on the way home, you'll be sitting down to a bowl of bliss that will warm your heart and soul.
3/3/2010
Vegetable soup is the reward a summer's worth of hard work in the garden can produce. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, emptying the freezer and washing canning jars.
1/6/2011
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
5/10/2011
Win sunflower seeds, attract pollinators and help bee populations in your area.
11/17/2011
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
6/16/2011
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
6/21/2011
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
2/22/2012
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
9/28/2011
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
12/14/2011
Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.
11/30/2011
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
5/23/2012
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
2/1/2012
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
11/2/2011
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
12/21/2011
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
12/7/2011
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
10/26/2011
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
6/7/2011
Numi Organic Tea products give more health benefits and less harm to the environment.
2/22/2012
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
12/14/2011
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
3/5/2012
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
4/25/2012
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
1/25/2012
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
11/9/2011
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
7/5/2011
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
10/5/2011
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
11/30/2011
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
12/7/2011
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
7/18/2011
Four-o’clocks are an old favorite that have been around a long time. There is a reason why they have been in your family garden for generations. Comment for your chance to win four-o'clock seeds, courtesy Renee's Garden.
11/23/2010
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
2/10/2012
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
7/24/2012
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
2/1/2012
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
3/7/2012
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
12/21/2011
As snow and cold temperatures move in to stay, arm yourself with this creamy white chili recipe to warm you up.
5/23/2012
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
11/23/2011
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
5/9/2012
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
2/15/2012
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
1/18/2012
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
4/18/2012
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
2/15/2012
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
11/16/2011
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
6/16/2011
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
5/2/2012
Once you have this herb in your garden, you will never be without cutting leaf celery. It's a perfect container plant to grow close by the kitchen door.
5/16/2012
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
11/2/2011
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
4/18/2012
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
5/30/2012
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
11/30/2011
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
5/9/2012
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
5/16/2012
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.


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