Author archives: P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith: Q&A - Planning for Spring

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Raise your garden glove if you are ready for spring! Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   love all the seasons, but by January I’m itching to get my hands in the soil to start gardening. While I might not be able to do any digging this month, I can plan so I’m ready to go on those sporadic warms days we typically experience in Februa[...]

Pumpkin Johnny Apple Cocktail Recipe

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Whether I’m serving this drink at an intimate get-together around the fireplace or at a festive autumn party, this refresher is always a hit. Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 2 • 7 ounces of unfiltered apple juice • 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree* • 1 teaspoon honey • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract • ¼ tea[...]

Easy Fresh Pumpkin Puree

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For recipes that call for puree, skip the canned stuff and prepare your own with pumpkin picked fresh from the patch. If you didn’t include pumpkin in your garden this year, pay a visit to your local farmers’ market or check your area for a “U-pick” farm. Once you have your pumpkin, start by rinsing the exterior in cool water. Cut the pumpkin in half with[...]

P. Allen Smith: Pumpkins... Three Ways, A Charm

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Autumn’s turning leaves foretell the arrival of the garden’s most bodacious fruit: the pumpkin. Photography by Mark Fonville   favorite in my fall kitchen, pumpkins aren’t limited to just holiday pies and spooky jack-o’-lanterns. Pumpkin is much too versatile, delicious and just plain good for you; it’s a great source of fiber and vitamins A, C an[...]

P. Allen Smith: Flower Child

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Create a garden space for your kids and watch both grow. Photography by Mark Fonville   often ask me how to get young members of the family involved in gardening. Most kids love the outdoors, and playing in the dirt comes naturally to most, so creating a kid-friendly garden at home is actually a no-brainer. In addition to growing flowers and[...]

P. Allen Smith: Berry Good Fun... Summertime Edibles!

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me, summertime conjures up magical childhood memories of climbing trees, catching lightening bugs and playing daylong games of hide-and-seek in the lingering twilight well past 9 at night. I can also vividly remember picking berries, right from the garden or gathering wild berries in the woods. Berries are not only good — they’re good for you! Berrie[...]

P. Allen Smith: A Honey of a Hobby

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Raising honeybees is good for the environment and for you. Photography by Mark Fonville and Kelly Quinn   heard the saying “busy as a bee,” well, it’s for good reason. Honeybees are hard little workers — always bustling and buzzing around bright flowering plants, trees and shrubs. Since I was young, I have been fascinated by the life of honeyb[...]