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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Carrots, Celery, Cooking recipe, Soup | 0 comments

Marvelous Mushroom Soup

Marvelous Mushroom Soup

    As the weather gets cooler, my obsession with soup grows to ridiculous proportions. I found this Marvelous Mushroom Soup at tastykitchen.com and it was a hit for our household right away. I think I have made this soup 4 times in the last 2 months! That is impressive when you know that each time, the soup lasted our tiny household (two people) 3 whole days!  I love how this soup is tangy and creamy and loaded with veggies. It always leaves me with a happy and healthy feeling. The original recipe was tweaked enough that I decided to post it. I found the original did not have enough veggies in it (ONE carrot and ONE celery stalk?!) and I did not like the original ratio of cream to broth (I like more broth in my soups). I also added paprika (according to my personal rule that paprika goes in ALL cheesy soups!), and I used tomato sauce instead of tomato juice. Feel free to add your own creative additions...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Celery, Vegetables | 5 comments

How to Grow Celery

How to Grow Celery

How to Grow Celery:   **You can grow celery in any climate if you time it right. Some varieties take a long time to grow (up to 4 months), so read your specific seed package closely for that information.   **All celery plants dislike hot summers. Sow it in the fall in hot areas or in early spring in cold climates.     Position: **Celery prefers a mucky soil or a high water table. The natural environment of celery is marshes. However, you can still grow it in average soil with treatments.   **It is a heavy feeder that needs a very rich soil. It would help if you put in lots and lots of well-rotted manure, compost, and/or peat moss into the soil before planting. The best pH is 6.0-7.5 (if you do not have a soil testing kit yet, this one is an option).   **You should also make sure that the soil has enough calcium in it to avoid the disease ‘black heart’. Adding lime (like...

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