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Magpie Ima
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  • Portland, OR
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama, Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker
A bit about me:
A mother of 3 and a maker of things just trying to keep all the balls in the air
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Curry chicken salad with home made bell pepper and apricot chutney, cumin scented basmati rice, fresh fruit salad, and cheater's mango kulfi
Currently reading:
Depletion and Abundance, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner
Currently listening to:
Joe Strummer, Manu Chao, DJ Rekha, Bollywood soundtracks,
My latest DIY project:
Cheese! Fresh cheese from local, raw goat's milk. Yum.
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Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!

I wanted to let you know about my recent experience making my own anti-flu medicine because I am just so thrilled to be able to make a proven antiviral flu remedy for a mere fraction of the cost of the commercially prepared variety.

Elderberries grow on tall, spindly bushes and the tiny dark blue-black berries develop in clusters after the feathery flower fade. Elderberry bushes are apparently quite easy to grow so I will be looking to add one to… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 2:04pm — 8 Comments


I have been reading about slow roasted tomatoes for years and I don't know why it took me so long to jump on the train with all the cool kids, but I am here now! Let me tell you, these things are a revelation. Everything good about tomatoes is magnified in the slow roasting approach, turning a perfectly serviceable Roma into a thing of brilliance. Think of the depth of flavor in a good quality tomato paste, but sweeter, and with the added fragrance of… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Funny Carrots

Our recent CSA box provided new potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, berries, cauliflower, and carrots.

I've seen carrots with legs before....

but never carrots that had to pee!…


Posted on August 18, 2009 at 3:48pm — 2 Comments

Easiest Tomato Sauce Ever

I originally posted this last year on my food blog Magpie Eats but I thought I'd re-post it here in the hope that some of you would find it useful. This is still a brilliant way to capture summer goodness and I have a batch bubbling away right now!

Is your garden overflowing with tomatoes? Mine is. Plus I was lucky enough to get a vacationing friend's CSA delivery for two weeks--more tomatoes! Though tomato sauce is… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 3:00pm

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At 4:39pm on August 6, 2009, Cornelia said…
Hi there! Looks like you're off to a fabulous start here - welcome! What a lovely, yummy blog you've got!!
At 4:40pm on August 17, 2009, Aliza Ess said…
Thanks for your comment and links! Glad to see you joined the Urban Gardening group :)

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