Harvesting Green Tom...

Green tomatoes for frying aren’t often sold at markets in Chicagoland, and are one of the unique treats one can enjoy from the garden. While all tomatoes are green while unripe, there is a right time to pick a green tomato for frying, and this is not often explained in fried green...

The Three Sisters

Corn is possibly the most domesticated organism on the planet (aside from us!). Archeologists have identified domesticated corn as old as the oldest identified human settlement in the Americas, but only recently identified its wild parent, teosinte, through genetic testing. On first planting...

Cooking From the Gar...

It’s about to start: more produce than you know what to do with. Cooking from the garden, sometimes called grocery gardening, is its own skill. The best place to start is at the garden. Go on the way home from work and ask yourself—how many people am I feeding, what is in my larder at home...

Cooking With My Daug...

By Alexandra Samios Nelson Every family has its myths and stories; they constitute the family’s collective memory. It’s important to families to have stories that connect you to the ancestors and to each other. Immigrant families treat storytelling in different ways– either mythical “old...

Squash Vine Borers

Did your squash plants suddenly wilt? Chances are, squash vine borers are to blame. These larvae burrow in the stems, cutting off the water supply to the plant. If you can find them while they’re still small, you can often remove them and the plant will heal, continuing with production...