Use kale for a variation on pasta with pesto sauce

This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in July 2018 shows pasta with kale and sunflower seed pesto in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “Cooking At Home With Bridget And Julia.” (Carl Tremblay/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

Although most people think of pesto as an Italian sauce made with herbs (most famously, basil), many ingredients can be ably featured in a pesto. One of note is kale—leafy and deep green, with an earthy, slightly bitter flavor.

Is your tree too big?

I am often asked to evaluate a situation where homeowners want to drastically reduce the size of a large tree. When I ask them why they want to reduce a mature tree’s size, the response is often “It is just too big. We didn’t realize it was going to get this big when we planted it.” They are often worried about what might happen if the wind blew the tree over.

Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms with marina sauce

This Sunday, July 1, 2018 photo shows stuffed fried zucchini blossoms in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Zucchini are marquee items at your grocery stores right about now, but zucchini blossoms, which are generally not for sale at a standard grocery, are a different story. So this recipe for Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms is aimed at home gardeners, who know two things for sure: First, like caterpillars to a butterfly, zucchini blossoms are the earlier life form of the zucchini squash. Second, they’re delicious.

Use the grill to roast a prime rib for flavor

This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in June 2018 shows a grill-roasted prime rib in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the “The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

If you’re going to grill a prime rib, the last thing you want is an overcooked gray ring surrounding the rosy interior. We decided to forgo searing the flat cut sides, which meant the roast spent less time over high heat.

Ladybug, Ladybug where have you gone?

This undated photo shows an adult ladybug taken on a property near New Market, Va. You can buy ladybugs to clear plants of aphids but the colorful predators have a habit of disappearing soon after release. Adult Ladybugs, like the one shown here hunting for aphids and mites, are great predators but their larvae are even better. Landscape in a way that you can attract mature beetles to lay eggs on plants in your garden and allow them to phase through their various life cycles, hunting as they grow. Commercially sold catch and release ladybugs don't linger long once they're released. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck — harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centers, and then free them to hunt.

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