CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Celery, garlic, ginger and more come from potting fun

Published 9:09 am Monday, May 6, 2024

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I’ve been saving and potting onion bottoms for years, and snip off some lovely fresh greenery from a patio pot.

This year I branched out after finding a broccoli stem in the compost had offered up some green leaves. I’ve had fun watching celery, garlic and ginger come up from pots and I’ve enjoyed a salad or two from my efforts.

If I can get excited over this project, imagine how much fun kids could have.

Give it a grow!

For Goddesses – Two baggies of green herbs arrived in a package at my door and the aromas hit me with a blast. This was the good stuff, a note advised, full flavor and not like that dry stuff commonly circulating out there. I’m talking about oregano and basil, y’all, From Demeter’s Pantry.

When you name your business after the Greek Goddess of Agriculture, who was said to teach men to make flour and women to bake bread, you’ve got high standards to live up to. I don’t think I’ll have a meal without these two spices until my baggies are empty. Go to and see if you can find your own spice.

A Good Marble – Who doesn’t love a good marble? This question is posed on the site promoting Dr. Schär’s Gluten-Free Marble Cake, which I haven’t yet tried, but I trust. The line, born in the heart of the Alps, stems from good-for-you food that tastes good, too.

I enjoyed a dinner starting with their gluten-free spaghetti and will continue to pick up this brand, found in local markets. I simply hadn’t noticed it before. After finding, I’m getting educated.

“God’s Earth is Something to Fight For” — Start a compost heap. This is a great foodie tip to help children understand how to protect our earth. Sadly, this basic love of earth is sometimes controversial.

Amy Houts explains the situation in this children’s book. Kris Smolskaya’s illlustrations, that include Jesus talking to folk, bring the message home. Biblical quotes and people being kind to one another work for me. Share with the children: Other ways to reduce your carbon footprint: Save water. Stop food waste. Recycle.

Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie saving her scraps to regrow. Salad anyone? Email