Balance and Nurture: Composting in Cold Weather

Compost provides the full spectrum of nutrients that your garden needs, even beyond what organic fertilizers can. The microorganisms in your compost will enable your plants to absorb the nutrients from fertilizers more efficiently, and the nutrients are available over time, as your plants need them. Compost protects your plants from many soil pathogens. Plus, composting is only as complicated as you want it to be. However, there are some factors to consider when tending to your compost pile during the cold winter months.

Putting the “Fat” in Fat Tuesday: The Traditional Foods of Mardi Gras

When you think of Mardis Gras, you probably imagine colorful floats, parades, shimmering beads, music, and feasting. Mardi Gras technically refers to the Tuesday deemed “Fat Tuesday,” before Ash Wednesday, which ushers in the season of Lent in the Christian tradition. For religious observers, Fat Tuesday is a final opportunity for indulgence before a long season of fasting. Traditional food and drinks are rich and fatty — perfect for partygoers with an appetite for celebration.

Hanukkah Traditions Brought to the Table: The History that Made the Menu

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lands somewhere between November 28th and December 26th. Jews follow a lunar calendar instead of the common solar calendar, so the date changes every year. Because of its proximity to Christmas, the holiday has grown in popularity and importance with gift-giving (a more American tradition), games, songs, and, of course, food.

Being Prepared with Pantry Staples: How to Stock Your Cupboards

Pantry staples — what are they, why are they important, and how do they apply to different dietary needs?

Using Herbs in Cooking

Any cook knows that herbs are indispensable to delicious food. They add flavor to meat and vegetables, soups and stews, sauces and salads, and even bread. But how much thought is given to the choosing, preparing, and storing of herbs?