Oct. 22, 2009 12:41 pm
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009 7:20 pm
You gardeners out there know this one. Mother Nature always has the last word--and it's not always a kind one. You just can't predict which way she'll roll, so it's best to manage your expectations around her.
Last summer I noticed something green poking up through a bed I'd prepared…
Knitted White Pumpkins
Oct. 2, 2009 1:37 pm
Updated: Oct. 13, 2009 11:57 am
There's an old saying that goes something like, "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." I was reminded of that this morning when I decided to make a French Apple Tart. Sadly, my pantry was missing some of the main players--and it was too rainy outside and too cozy insid
French Apple Tart
The prolific old apple tree.
Red Gravenstein, perhaps?
Sep. 18, 2009 12:55 pm
Updated: Sep. 24, 2009 11:45 am
Because I’ve been saying it wrong all these years, as I
discovered when a cherry clafouti came my way this summer, served up by a
Frenchman named David (dah-VEED) who, of course, would know better than I how to pronounce the name of
this fruity dessert from his homeland. Clah-foo-TE
A perfectly ripe Italian plum
Sliced plums ready to be translated into French
Sep. 1, 2009 10:15 pm
Updated: Sep. 15, 2009 7:24 pm
Everyone says it’s been a good season for blueberries in the Pacific Northwest, so Catherine (The Queen of Canning) and I ditched our families early one Saturday morning and met up at a local u-pick blueberry farm to satisfy our blueberry greed. Being an experienced u-picker, Catherine…
Catherine on the blueberry hunt.
Wasp attack waiting to happen.
Big, fat, ripe blueberry.
A small jar of concentrated deliciousness.
Jul. 22, 2009 9:44 pm
Updated: Aug. 4, 2009 8:21 pm
Risotto gets a bad rap. They say it asks too much of the busy cook because you can’t just pop it into the rice cooker and walk away. No. You’ve got to stir it. And stir it. And stir it. Too labor-intensive, they groan.
Well, I’m not here to dispute the spoon time that goes into making a…
Jul. 14, 2009 8:58 am
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 9:05 am
In the magical world of Harry Potter, only the most powerful witches and wizards can cast a spell without a wand, and even then it’s crazy difficult. Why this should be so was never completely explained to my satisfaction, but no matter. In general, if you’re going to work your magic you need a…
Lavender wand supplies.
1. Tie the knot.
2. Bend the stems.
3. Ready to weave.
Jul. 8, 2009 8:54 pm
Updated: Jul. 13, 2009 5:50 pm
It's not enough to stop and smell the lavender; this year I've decided to cook with it. And I won't be running out of this heady little flower any time soon thanks to my inability to accept that a tiny lavender plant eventually grows into a large lavender plant, multiplied by…
Lavender Tea Bread with a sugar and lime juice glaze.
Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' aka "lavandin" (which certainly sounds nicer than Grosso).
Lavender flowers, up close and personal. No bees, though. They were camera-shy.
Jun. 24, 2009 10:03 pm
Updated: Jun. 26, 2009 10:12 am
Do you have a favorite cookbook you've never used for cooking? Mine is called The Art of Chinese Cooking by the Benedictine Sisters of Peking (before it became Beijing again) with illustrations by M. Kuwata. My mom got it decades ago in Japan and I read it cover to cover, again and again, when…
My favorite cookbook I never use.
Beef with Radishes
I eats my spinach
Dancing cherries frolic on the edges of a very un-Chinese dessert.
Jun. 8, 2009 2:12 pm
Updated: Jun. 14, 2009 8:46 am
I’ve told you about the mint that ate my garden? Well this weekend I turned the tables on the green menace and ate up some mint. My little skirmish didn’t win the war, but the score was foodelicious 1, monster mint 0.
I got lots of great suggestions from visitors to my blog, but I ended up ma
The mint that ate my garden.
Chutney with Mint
Curried chicken kabobs, mint chutney, and mango sauce.
Jun. 5, 2009 10:59 am
Updated: Sep. 6, 2009 12:08 am
Have you ever ignored something in your fridge because A) you bought it without figuring out what to do with it, or B) you went on a diet immediately after buying it? That's what happened to some new red potatoes that I saw in all their cuteness at the market and bought on a whim. I figured…
Main dish salad with grilled rosemary chicken, asparagus, tomatoes, apples, and curried potatoes.
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