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What’s In Season: Our Family Garden is Growing

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What’s In Season: Our Family Garden is Growing

Posted on 27 July 2012 by noelskitchen

This year, we decided on having a bigger family garden to grow our own foods. I took a couple of pictures of the garden this morning. This is our first attempt at growing melons. We planted a couple of different varieties and they seem to finally take off. Can you see the cute tiny melon?

Melon Plants

Last month, the deer decided to stop by for either a late dinner or early morning breakfast and ate away at our pumpkins, tomato and pepper plants. We were able to rescue them, but I’m not sure how well they will produce. I’m hoping for at least two pumpkins for the kids come October. The cucumber and tomatillos seem to be doing awesome!


We’ve had some peppers already from the garden, but the rest is slowly growing. Everything is still alive and green with yellow flowers.  I’m hoping to see some results. We’ll see.

How’s your garden growing?

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What’s In Season: A Family Garden With Home Depot

Posted on 25 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Have you heard about Home Depot’s Garden Club? If you plan on growing a family garden this year, Home Depot has you covered. I just signed up for their Garden Club and received a coupon on my next shopping trip there. I already see some ideas for expanding our family garden this year.  And to make it simple, they have cedar raised garden beds perfect for those just starting out.

By being a member of the Home Depot Garden Club, you’ll not only receive coupon savings but also great tips and advice on the best ways to build your garden whether it’s small or large, herb gardens, and helpful how-to videos.

Plant a vegetable patch in your new garden. Kids will have tons of fun caring for their seedlings as they mature. And what better reward is there for a garden well tended than a crisp carrot straight from the earth (washed, of course) or a nice ripe tomato right from the vine.

Go ahead, get your family garden growing!


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What’s In Season: Eat Local, Eat Smarter~Grilling Vegetables

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What’s In Season: Eat Local, Eat Smarter~Grilling Vegetables

Posted on 19 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Ah. . . . It’s really starting to feel like Spring! And it’s supposed to be another beautiful day here in the Sierra Foothills. This past weekend we were out doing some much need yard work and getting the front porch cleaned up. I can’t wait to be sitting outside in our backyard watching the kids swim in the swimming pool and have a BBQ out back. I’ve always been one to love summer and being outdoors. Soon, we’ll have company or family over for dinner, and will be firing up the grill. I’m looking forward to picking up  either chicken, hamburger or steaks (have to watch for those  weekly family deals at the grocery store) for the grill.

We’ll enjoy grilling fresh organic vegetables from the farmer’s market in my favorite grill basket I purchased when I was a Pampered Chef consultant to go along with it. In past years, after losing way too many vegetables through the cracks in the grill, I bought these very handy grill baskets that are perfect for grilling just about anything. They both have handles to make it very easy to grill. I put it on the grill and throw my vegetables in it – and they don’t fall into the fire! Yea!


Here’s the best way I’ve learned how to grill vegetables: Slice the vegetables you want to grill and put into a ziploc bag (or a medium size bowl will work too.) Add in a little bit of olive oil, a dash of soy or worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Zip the bag and shake the veggies to coat well. Your vegetables can be in this mix anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Drain the vegetables a little. You don’t want soggy vegetables.  Put them on the grill and cook for a few minutes each side or until tender-crunchy. Yum! Even your pickiest eaters will enjoy eating grilled vegetables. Almost every vegetable is great for grilling. Here’s What In Season This Month:

Late April

Apples, Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cherries, Fennel, Grapefruit, Halibut, Pacific, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Peas, Pistachios, Potatoes, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Scallions, Shrimp, Pink, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips

To find out more about What’s In Season in your area, click HERE.

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What’s In Season: Eat Local Enjoy Smarter Living

Posted on 30 March 2012 by noelskitchen

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Introducing: What’s In Season? Eat Local, Enjoy Smarter Living

Posted on 22 March 2012 by noelskitchen

I try and pay attention to foods that are in season as much as possible. When the weather is nice, during the spring and summer months I try and visit our local Farmer’s Market as much as possible; not only for the fresh fruits and vegetables but to support our local farmers and community. It’s always fun to get tips and suggestions from our local farmers.  There are times though when I can’t get to the Farmer’s Market but still want to buy those fruits and vegetables that are in season.

So when I came across this widget, from this website that helps you figure out what’s in season where you live, I knew I had to include it in Noel’s Kitchen Tips. I find the community I live in really enjoys buying fresh local foods and I wanted to share with all of you. I’m blessed to live in a state that has some amazing fruits and vegetables.

I’ll be creating a link on the right side of the homepage so you can find this resource easily and tips and recipes on what’s in season and how you can eat local and enjoy smarter living. Stay Tuned!

PS: Here’s a peek at what’s in season for late March here in California:


Apples, Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Fennel, Grapefruit,Halibut, Pacific, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pistachios, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabaga, Scallions,Shrimp, Pink, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips

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