Category Archives: Eco-Friendly & Sustainability

Photo Friday – Peregrine Falcon and a Pigeon

Fridays have occasionally been a place for ‘fun photos,’ hence the usual ‘Fun Photo Friday’ title.  What follows is definitely amazing photography, but I’m a little reluctant to call it ‘fun.’  Incredible, gripping, fascinating – yes.  Fun?  Noooot really. This peregrine falcon apparently had little trouble catching it’s prey, a pigeon, this morning on the […]

Peach Vanilla Jam – Last Days of Summer in a Jar

While we can’t hold back the tide or the change of seasons, we can bottle it for a moment and pull it off the shelf to spread on our scones in the middle of winter.  This column has one of my favorite jam recipes and thanks to a dear friend in Boothbay who has a […]

Elderberries – Takes Me Back

Okay, these shrubs are huge.  When I think shrub, I imagine bushy, low to the ground, reachable… manageable even.  In contrast, the reality of my elderberry bushes are heading-to-the-sky enormous and this is only year three.  On the other hand, I have a huge amount of juicy, aubergine berries to go with my out-of-control shrubs. […]

Lobster Bake Lady Slipper

There are 3,000 islands off the coast of Maine, however, not all of them are suited for low tide landings.  One that we love no matter what the tide, is in Merchant’s Row off of Stonington, Deer Ilse. It’s a small island, but with two beaches that allow for a leeward fire (in our fire […]

Spinach Smoothie – Green AND Tasty

A good friend of mine often shows up to our meetings together with her breakfast – a bright green drink so brilliant, it’s hard to know how she got it to be that green.  We are talking neon, nuclear green.   So one day, I asked her.  Spinach, she says, is the key, without the […]

Herbs Arrive in the Garden

Some silent but beautiful signs of spring and life in the garden…  Hello, old friends.

Thank you for the small changes I see everyday

Thank you.  Thank you for the sun, the warm weather, the seeds that are sprouting and the really simple plastic covers that are making it all possible.  Thank you for it all.  It’s such a blessing to walk in the garden everyday and delight in new growth and green. The plastic is a new idea […]

Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Parsley Walnut Pesto

To go with the Red Rice and Asparagus Salad posted yesterday… Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Parsley Walnut Pesto The size of the lamb leg will vary depending on how large the animal was when butchered.  I’ve seen them as small as 4 pounds and as large as 8 pounds.  Most of the ones […]

Walk Awaaaay From the Computer

Sometimes, no matter how mountainous the piles, no matter how voluminous the dust bunnies, no matter how numerous the emails, when a person opens the door to personally receive the mail from the mailman and feels not a blast of icy air but gentle warmth and gets a whiff of not brisk or crisp, but […]

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Caper and Kalamata Olive Pan Sauce

The column runs today.  What’s for dinner?  Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Caper and Kalamata Olive Pan Sauce; Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes; and Toasted Pinenut and Garlic Spinach. I made this meal for my mom and dad when they were last out.  Mom liked it because it felt light and Dad liked it because it was […]

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