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What is your favorite meal or comfort food? My meal planning changes with the seasons. Lots of soups in the fall and winter. Now with spring and summer comes more fresh vegetables and salads. Can’t wait for the fresh herbs to be more plentiful. Lots of chives and fresh flowers in the kitchen please.

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Been baking breads all day, one more bake day tomorrow, then to market. Hope ya'll have a good day.
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GA- first you boil potatoes in just enough water to cover them and until they get soft as if you were making mashed potatoes. Then after they cool you puree or blend them in the water you boiled them in. Then you spread them on dehydrator paper or plastic wrap will also work. Put them in the dehydrator about 125 degrees for about 12 hours or more depending on the thickness you spread. Flipping them over when one side dries. Then drying them until they crumble not bend. Then blending to flakes.
To be honest with you what I have decided is. Store bought is way easier. But I had to give it a try. But to me, not worth the time. Kinda like growing beans, beans are cheap enough to just buy, and more trouble to grow and harvest. If I had more time I would rather do it that way than buy, But limited time makes us choose.
So, thats my potato flake story. :)
Earl will be getting bought flakes. :)
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Smeshque, how to you dehydrate potatoes to make potato flakes? Do you cut them very thinly, dehydrate, then puree? Or puree first and then dehydrate?

On the subject of potatoes, I noticed that the sweet potatoes that have been patiently waiting to be cooked and eaten have decided instead to sprout. Once the weather becomes a little less intense (close to 90's for the next few days), the sweet potatoes will go into the ground or containers to complement some petunias I hope to get at Memorial Day sales.

I'll be planting my father's containers as well, so some of the potatoes will go into the 3 tiered one to create vines to fill in the bare spots.

I was surprised that one year the sweet potatoes grew so well as vines that I actually had some to harvest for eating.
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Yes Dehydrated tomatoes are a good treat. That is one think my mom will snack on, instead of muffins. I will be doing some as soon as possible. The potao flake starter I use is pretty resilliant. Have had him for over a year. Yeah I did say him, when you feed something regularly it becomes personal. My mom named our starter "Earl". I'm not crazy just silly. So she always says is it time to feed Earl, and that makes her smile, so I go with it. Mom smiling=me happy.
Happy cooking everyone and enjoy the blessings this day brings.
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Great ideas smeshque and GardenArtist. I hope the potato flakes work. I’ve tried making sourdough starter a couple of times and always give up. I will have to try one with the potato flakes. I’ve heard dehydrated onion turns out well at home. I do tomatoes and they are good too. Also, the herb wreath is a great idea. I need to do soon. I try planting new herbs every year. It is great when they come back. Such a joy as they are some of the first things to harvest in our garden.
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Dehydrating my own potato flakes. Experiment, will see how it goes. I am out of store bought, that I use in my sourdough starter, which I just fed today. So I am seeing if I can do my own potato flakes, using online recipe. I am hopeful. I just hate buying things if I can make it, and I never thought of making my own.
Thinking of oven fried green tomatoes this week sometime.  Getting several on the vines. And gonna make some kale chips, kale is doing well.
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CDNReader, you are SO kind to make that suggestion! I think the approach of living more from your own resources is gradual, something that people develop as they create bonds with nature, and begin to rely more on their own resources.

And you can do it - just cooking is the best way to start, along with growing herbs or just a simple garden. You can even start one if you don't have a yard.

Do you have any special or favorite foods? You can get fresh produce at a farmer's market or organic food market - it's not the same as growing your own, but I've always found farmer's markets to be dynamic and especially refreshing with their fragrant aromas. It's so different from shopping at a big chain grocery store.

Martha does have a garden, but one of the aspects I dislike about her approach is the extensive use of fats and sugar in her creations. I feel like I'm overdosing on sugar if I watch her programs.

You made my day with your compliment; thanks again!
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Dear GardenArtist,

I appreciate your words. I think you put Martha Stewart to shame. I wish I had the same way of thinking about gardening and preparing food. Right now, I try simple recipes so hopefully I can build my skill set.
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Pumpkin Pie with cool whip soooooooo good.
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Speaking to the therapeutic part of cooking, for me it's also the harvesting, of going out in the back yard and picking the ingredients for a salad, or tomatoes, peppers, and onions for spaghetti or pasta based dish.

Or making an herbal wreath of basil, sage, thyme, lemon balm and/or lavender or other herbs, to dry and be available for fall and winter soups and stews...

Or pumpkin for a pie, so very appropriate for the chillier days accompanying harvesting of pumpkins and squash.

Pick a pumpkin, save and clean the seeds and dry them in the oven...put on a pot of coffee and savor the taste of a home made pumpkin pie.....ymmmmm! Or, for summer treats, pick a fresh watermelon, collapse into a comfortable outdoor chair and savor the juicy sweetness of fresh fruit.
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