MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE If Pumpkins Were Money, I'd Be Rich
Before we get started, allow me to say that I've changed my name from Middle Aged Plague to This Woman Writes, where I will eventually be transferring my posts and writing. Please, if you are a regula... Posted on 1/17/13 at 6:21 PM
STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT My favorite Halloween things
Hauling out my Halloween decorations each year always brings to mind the 23 years I worked in the features department at the Grand Forks Herald. For most of those years, one of my colleagues was Carol... Posted on 10/31/12 at 11:22 AM
THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA My new favorite
Another thing I was able to check off my list this past weekend was putting up some Pumpkin Preserves--if you have never had these, they are well worth the effort. Delicious!
I came across this recip... Posted on 10/19/12 at 5:10 AM
There may be a few more Jack-O-Lanterns smiles this year as many Minnesota and North Dakota pumpkin farmers say the crop has been extra fruitful, enough for at least some Minnesota growers to ship pumpkins out-of-state.
Fall is finally here, arriving sometime Saturday.
And appropriately, it was accompanied by the season’s first hard frost Sunday morning, although the leaves have been changing color, and we’ve been experiencing cool, crisp weather for a couple of weeks.
What began as an ordinary pumpkin patch has become a labor of love for a Voss, N.D. family. The patch has become the core of a fundraiser called “Pumpkins for Pat.” The campaign is named for Pat Mach, 42, of Minto, N.D., who was killed in a snowmobile accident in February.
In a tradition going back to 1969, juniors and seniors from Chagrin Falls High School near Cleveland take pumpkins to the top of a hilly street, smash them on the pavement and use the mess to slide down on sleds or trash can lids.
Third-graders at Salem Hills Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., nursed seedlings into producing a handful of pumpkins they were excited to harvest this fall. The kids even named one of them Pump.
But this month, thieves nabbed all of their pumpkins -- including Pump.
South Dakota farmer Kevin Marsh of Parker, S.D., knows his 1,674-pound pumpkin isn't pretty — it won an ugliest pumpkin award at a Colorado event. But it's also only 51 pounds shy of the world record listed by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.
The next time you have any leftover buttercup squash, Herald Food Editor Jeff Tiedeman suggests using it in quick bread recipes that call for pumpkin or the like at Chef Jeff, the Red River Valley's newest food blog of fun, at Chef Jeff.
The holidays may not be so sweet this year.
Nestle — which sells nearly all the canned pumpkin in the U.S. — says poor weather hurt its harvest, creating a potential shortage of its Libby’s pumpkin pie products through the holidays.
When Nov. 1 hits, lots of pumpkins, carved and uncarved, hit the curb for the trash men to take away. When food goes to the landfill, anaerobic decomposition turns into methane gas. Methane gas is one of the contributing factors to climate change.
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