Thursday, March 12, 2009

No Trip to Italy in The Budget This Year?

Posted in Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , , at 1:12 am by Elaine Petrowski

Arugula

Arugula

If you can’t scrape up the discretionary funds to travel to Italy this summer, don’t despair. You can use that garden we discussed in the last post to plant Italian vegetable seeds instead.

Grow Italian, an online seed catalog,  features seeds for dozens of Italian vegetable varieties, including cultivated dandelion, arugula, basil, garlic, endive, chicory and tomatoes. ( They’re offering a special too – order 11 packs and the 12th is free!)

If Japan is more your dream destination –but you won’t be going there either– try the Asian veggie seeds at  Kitazawa Seed company. (Though they claim arugula as a native too!)

None of the greens or herbs require much room. And according to the sustainable gardeners at retrovore you can grow many of these veggies in small spaces like a sunny terrace or windowsill.

Just a row or two?

What are your thoughts? Participate in my poll, below.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who Has the Oldest Spices Out There?

Posted in Life, useful information tagged , , , , , , at 1:21 am by Elaine Petrowski

Baking up some gingerbread cookies? Mixing up some eggnog? Here’s some useful info to potentially improve the results.

A friend recently sent a link to McCormick spices,  where you can find out exactly when the spices in your cabinet were minted.  At the risk of having everyone I know afraid to eat at my house, I’ll  admit I possess – I kid you not – spices that  predate …  um … let’s see … the Millennium?  The Lewinsky Affair?  My  nephew Paul, who is currently in his second year of law school?

Before you get all smug on me, go find out how old the spices in your cabinet are (at least for McCormick spices) when you have an idle moment or two. Then post your oldest spice date in the comments section below.  Shortly after the  New Year, I’ll post my codes and the dates and we’ll see who wins. ( And no cheating. You may be asked to verify with the code.)

A treasure trove of antique spices. Are yours even older?

A treasure trove of antique spices. Are yours even older?

FYI: I’ve always  HATED  the taste of cloves. So could someone please explain why I am harboring , not one, but two, “tins” (hint)  that will soon qualify as archeological finds or at least tickets of entry to “Antiques Roadshow” ?

Oh, and happy holiday baking.  With all new spices, I hope.