Monthly Archives: December 2016

Winter Gathering: Parsnips and Pears

Learn all about growing, storing, and cooking with parsnips and pears. Where I live and farm in Southeastern Utah, parsnips and pears are highlights of the autumn harvest. Pears are picked in late summer when they’re still slightly under-ripe — allowing them to sweeten without becoming coarse and mealy like those left to mature completely on the tree. Growers patiently

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Roasted Leek and Parsnip Soup with Smoky Seed Clusters

Flavorful pepita seed clusters add texture to this soup recipe with parsnips, leeks, and potatoes. Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr Preparation Time: 10 min Cook Time: 50 min Yield: 4-6 servings This soup will give you nourishment and comfort on the darkest of winter days. The thick and creamy soup have some spicy flair from the smoky seed clusters. If

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Pear and Parsnip Muffins with Rosemary

Combine fresh parsnips and pears in these sweet-and-savory parsnip muffins. Total Hands-On Time: 40 min Preparation Time: 20 min Cook Time: 20 min Yield: 12 muffins These lightly sweet muffins are perfectly moist, and the aroma of fresh rosemary will make your taste buds dance. Pair these parsnip-pear muffins with a cup of strong black coffee for a tasty morning

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Elder Mother, The Wild Hunt, And The Winter Solstice

If you follow the sun, you’ll find that, as fall edges into winter, it slips further and further south. The angle of the sun’s rays gets shallower, and the days become shorter with the sun in southern skies. But every year, it turns back and begins its northward course right around the time of the winter holidays: a new light

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Could Your Dog Give You Norovirus?

Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the US. You can also catch it from infected people and contaminated surfaces. Now, new research raises the question of whether humans can catch it from dogs. The study raises enough evidence for a further investigation into whether dogs can pass norovirus onto humans. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology,

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