Gardening is a kind of self-prescribed preventative medicine, good for all ills. ~ Sheryl London

Fall Harvestd Squash

Fall Harvested Squash, Montesino Farm & Ranch, Wimberley, TX

Food gardeners living in Texas and the south love fall. It’s like spring, but instead of having summer to look forward to with its searing heat, drought, pests and pathogens–we have winter.

Not that we dislike summer–it’s just filled with heartbreak and dehydration, making it a smidgen less lovable than fall.

Next to fall, winter is the best time to garden in these parts because it’s everything that summer is not. Yet, until it’s winter–we love the promise of change that fall brings.

There’s this point in the fall garden when the juicy, sexy crops like tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers, make a brief comeback, as we ready beds for their replacements: hearty winter crops like kale, cabbage, beets, potatoes and chard.

To be honest, there’s no “bad” season to grow food crops. How bad can it be when you get to be outdoors, replenishing your vitamin D reserves, and growing food to eat and to share with family and friends? Not bad at all.

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Thanksgiving Sides from Jack Allen’s Kitchen

November 22, 2017

Looking for side dishes that will have your dinner guests asking for seconds? Then, try these favorite recipes from Jack Allen's Kitchen.

Wisconsin Divinity: Cheese Soup

October 20, 2016

My brother-in-law Steve Piekarski is a good home cook. He and my sister Toni both enjoy food that is hearty and unfussy, such as hearty cheese soup. Neither is opposed to using convenience foods in their cooking, either, such as pasteurized prepared cheese products. You know: Velveeta.

Homemade Applesauce

November 27, 2015

Cookbook author and cooking school instructor, Tina Wasserman, believes in cooking from scratch using seasonal ingredients. You can find her recipe for applesauce in Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking & Kitchen Conversations with Children.

A Feast of Sharing with Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Mobile Loaves and Fishes

November 23, 2013

Here's why love this time of year: people step outside of their busy lives to give back to their communities. On November 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jack Allen's Kitchen is collaborating with Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the First Baptist Church of Austin to provide a filling Thanksgiving meal to 700 of Austin's homeless. Volunteers are welcome.

Thanksgivukkah Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes

November 14, 2013

The flavors in this dish are commonly found in Ethiopian cooking. Teff is the smallest cultivated grain in the world that grows in the mountains of Ethiopia and it also happens to be Gluten-free.

Thanksgivukkah Cranberry, Apple and Pear Relish

November 14, 2013

Tired of the cranberry sauce that holds the shape of the can it came in? Then give this recipe from author and cooking school instructor, Tina Wasserman from Dallas, Texas a try, and you may never go back to canned cranberries again.

Well Fed: Chocolate Chili

October 25, 2012

A big bowl of hot chili on a frosty fall day or blustery winter evening is the perfect food. Made better with the addition of chocolate. True story.

How to Grow Kale

July 16, 2011

Another of those glorious cool season dark leafy greens, kale holds the promise of a happy palate, full stomach and good health.

Growing Spinach

July 16, 2011

If you have your heart set on growing spinach—either flat leafed or crinkled (savoyed)—so you can be big and strong like Popeye the Sailor Man, then plant this cool season annual when it’s…well…cool outside. Actual planting dates vary depending on where you live.