Category Archives: Garden

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. […]

Grilled Aspragus, Carrots and Radishes with Lemon Aioli – plus Radish and Red Onion Salsa

I used to seriously dislike radishes.  They are so sneaky – pretty, alluring red and then, BAM, hot-peppery-cabbage taste.  However, before you go nodding your head with the “uh, huh, sista,” consider a radish that’s not been sitting in a bag for two weeks waiting for some unsuspecting person who loves colorful food to put […]

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 […]

Potato, Leek and Watercress Soup

Farmer Tom from Hope’s Edge delivered gorgeous fronds of leeks to me in early May last year – not nearly far enough into the growing season to have them as large as they were.  But these leeks were special.  They’d been heeled in and over-wintered under a deep layer of straw. When we had a […]

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 […]

Green! Its Green!

Radishes, spinach and lettuce seeds are all happily sprouting on the window sill in the kitchen where I can water them, love on them, enjoy them and talk to them.  The ground is still mostly covered with snow.  The skies are often gray but oddly bright with frequent white fluffy flakes drifting down.  And inside, […]

First Seedlings of the Year

I couldn’t take it one more day.  The seed catalogs have begun to saunter in and I’ve resisted looking at one, but instead have filed them in the cabinet next to my desk.  It’s February you see.  If I look at seeds and green and growing, I will start to yearn – for seeds and […]

Dear Grandma, Can I tell you about my Elderberries?

Dear Grandma, Well, the moment I’ve been dreaming about and waited on for so long has arrived and I’m about to go out to harvest my first crop of elderberries.  When I do, I’ll don a white, long sleeved shirt that Jon tossed into the rag pile, only it won’t go down to my knees […]

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