Category Archives: Gardening

Salsa verde (guasacaca)

Green beans and cukes are done; kale, collards and chard are perfect right now. The new plantings of broccoli rabe and arugula are slowly coming up. With daylight hours on the wane, the remaining tomatoes are not ripening, and frost … Continue reading

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Summer into autumn

Summer foraging is over, the pickles are made, tomatoes roasted and canned. Now all those berries I picked while it was too hot to cook have to go into pots for jam. This year was my first for  pickling – starting … Continue reading

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Quince Curd for Thanksgiving Tarts

The illustration of the quince (cydonia oblonga) was archived by Oldbookillustrations.com, taken from Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, also known as the Trousset encyclopedia, Paris, 1886 – 1891. As quince ripen in the autumn, filling out like mishapen apples; they go from … Continue reading

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Positano dreaming – a Campania menu

A year ago this week we were in Positano, Italy with a group of friends with whom we love to travel, celebrating the 50th birthday of our friend Jane. We ten (David, Paul and Jane, Kate and Jay, Kevin and … Continue reading

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Grilled vegetable Napoleon

For grilled vegetables I like a hibachi or other small grill – tabletop or freestanding, it suits my outdoor grilling space.  Still, big box stores often lure me with the curbside proximity to those gleaming stainless monsters with side burners, … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Salsa

All spring I’ve been trying to come up with rhubarb recipes, something with minimal to no sugar. I’ve marveled that most uses of rhubarb involve copious amounts of sugar. It’s a vegetable; surely there was some way to use it … Continue reading

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Rains of Yesteryear

  June is winding down. Another thunderstorm is rumbling through, ending of a week of storms, after a spring of heavy rains. The gardens are too wet to work in; our lawn resembles an abandoned field. The perennials are lush, … Continue reading

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