A Tale of Two Gardens. The Thrilling Victory of the Indoor Garden over the Agony of Living at 8000 feet….

I don’t know if you are old enough to have watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports. It started off with the “Thrill of Victory”, which was some pinnacle of greatness-type moment in sports which changed every couple of years. And then there was the “Agony of Defeat” which was always this…

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Vegetarian Frikadellen Recipe

After posting the kohlrabi and white sauce recipe last week, a few people have asked about those little hash-brown looking things served on the side. So here is how to make them! Here is the Tub to Table recipe for vegetarian frikadellen.

These little German-inspired patties are made with potatoes and are absolutely addictive. Traditional frikadellen are made with meat and are basically like a flattened meatball. They may have been the source of inspiration …

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Kohlrabi. What is this Weird Thing and How Did it Get Into My Indoor Garden?

I was growing celery for the second time in the Tub Garden. Or so I thought. The first time I grew celery, I accidentally pulled it up way too early, thinking it was a mislabelled parsnip. Once I saw that there was no parsnip at the bottom, I smelled it and immediately realized it was a half-grown celery. Dangit. That’s three months down the drain.

So this time, it was labelled very clearly “CELERY!” and growing quite vigorously. Fool proof. But then it started to look weird, and very un-celery-like. First of all, the stem was red-purple, like a beet. And then a little pod swelled up, hovering just above the soil. On one of them. And at this point, I realized this was not celery. This was something I’d never seen before. The Tub Garden was growing a kohlrabi.

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I Heart Cilantro.

Black licorice, country music, blue cheese, skinny jeans, Trump…and Cilantro.

What do the things on this list have in common? They’re polarizing. These are things that we tend to either really love, or absolutely hate. And Cilantro fits right in, since it is one of the most hotly contested herbs in the history of herbs. People either love it, or are repulsed by it. There seems to be no middle ground.

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Vegetarian meatballs in a swedish-style sauce shot from over the table, with serving spoons on a wooden background

The Special Problem of growing bulbing onions Indoors.

And…the frustrated invention of Bulbless-Onion Bulgur Balls.

Onions are a special and unique headache for the indoor gardener, because they are finicky canaries in the proverbial coal mine. Just when you think you are dominating like Mother Nature in your indoor garden, onions will be the vegetable to tell you maybe aren’t doing such a hot job. Growing bulbing onions indoors – and actually getting them to bulb – it turns out, is not an easy task.

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Cabin Life!

Gone fishin’ up in Montana on the Bighorn River!! We drove from our lovely free-stone river here in Colorado, to the tail-water river of the Bighorn near Billings, MT for three days of a different style of fishing. And for “Cabin Life!” as the kids would holler. Over and over. And over. Read on for our indoor garden inspired campfire-friendly vegetarian menu ideas.

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Summertime for the Indoor Gardener

Summertime is an interesting time for the indoor gardener.

Right about now, everyone is starting to grow their own little treasure piles of fresh veggies and flowers. People at my work are bringing in extra armloads of herbs and peonies from whatever enormous and fertile valleys they live in. These super-gardeners make me jealous with their real sunlight and their real bumble-bee pollinators. Ugh.

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