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Last weekend was the annual Apple and Wine Festival. I wandered through the barn watching hundreds of people sampling the wine and foods prepared for the occasion, making their own apple pies, and munching on donuts. There were demonstrations of cooking and cider pressing on a small, old press, crafts for the children and myriad […]

I picked up Organic Gardening magazine recently and found a piece by Maria Rodale, daughter of Robert Rodale, organic gardening guru of the 60s and 70s, and founder of Organic Gardening Magazine. She was recommending The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back to Basics Guide by John Seymour. I was reminded […]

Choosing food in a country where you don’t speak the language can lead to some surprising meals. Unlike most European countries, English is not widely spoken in Argentina, especially the areas where tourist aren’t found. Visiting Buenos Aires last winter I had one of those surprising dinners. The restaurant was small, only a few tables […]

Soups On

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October seems like soup weather. I’d been thinking about making some for days but hadn’t done it. I noticed a container of squash in the back of the fridge that needed to be eaten or tossed. My depression era mother taught me that food is not to be thrown out lightly but that squash had […]

Our Lovely Day

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Picture us on a cloudless September day, warm sun, slight breeze, sitting on a grassy slope at the base of Loon Mountain. That’s where we spent Saturday with Hunton and Cecelia watching the Highland Games. A gathering of Americans celebrating their Scottish heritage. There were bagpipe competitons and fiddlers and dancers. Whiskey tasting was on […]

A Romanian Picnic

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Last summer we visited friends in Romanian village. One morning we set off to visit a salt mine and a spectacular gorge some distance from the village. We would have a picnic on the way. I noticed that the preparation for the picnic appeared to be a bag of cucumbers and green peppers from the […]

Tomatoes

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The season of fresh tomatoes will soon be over. By the time the tomatoes are this plentiful, I try to eat them every day knowing that once the season is done, the first freezing frost shrivels the leaves and destroys the fruit, I won’t have a tomato again until spring when the greenhouse starts producing. […]

Pickles Anyone?

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Our first summer in New England we planted cucumbers. Lots of cucumbers. We had moved in the winter, from a tiny duplex apartment in San Diego to an old farmhouse on 11 acres of land. Room for a garden, our first. We tilled a large plot of land and proceeded to plant. Peas, beans, corn, […]

Big news! My cast came off last week. For the next four weeks I will wear a small splint and do OT exercises to get strength and mobility back in my right hand. I managed to make a simple meal over the weekend after Max peeled some potatoes and cut up some veggies to go […]

On The Road

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Max and I recently took a two week road trip to Michigan via Pennsylvania and Ohio, returning through Saulte Ste. Marie, and Ottawa, Ontario. One of the pleasures of travel has always been the opportunity to eat out. With the exception of one lunch at Subway, we avoided fast food and chain restaurants. We like […]

Who Cooks?

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A fascinating piece in Sunday’s New York Times magazine has been on my mind all week.  Michael Pollan, who wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma, talks of the way his family’s meals changed when his mother started watching Julia Child’s television shows.  A lot is being written about Julia this week with the release of the new […]

The owners in my condo complex take turns setting out the trash and recycle bins. When it’s my turn my compulsive habits get in the way. The instructions are explicit, No plastic bags! But there are always plastic bags mixed in with the papers and bottles! I can’t put the stuff at the curb without […]

Last night Miranda’s fans were treated to an evening of music. Along with her band and some guest performers, she kept the room rocking with an eclectic selection of songs. Each time I hear her sing I think back to 1990 when our daughter Laura, who was managing the orchard, often talked about one of […]

Strawberries are a sweet memory for this year but eating sun-warmed raspberries and blueberries directly from the bush is keeping us happy. With such an abundance, it’s time to make our favorite berry recipes and try out new ones. Our friend Leatha in Michigan made this for us a number of years ago with berries […]

Surgery

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve had someone “taking care” of me. That is exactly what happened this week and I must say, it isn’t bad. I finally admitted that the arthritis pain at the base of my thumb wasn’t going to go away on its own and had surgery last Thursday. For […]

Sunshine streaming through the skylight wakened me this morning. Oh happy day! It seems like it has been raining for months. It is a good day to start this blog. It is the Fourth of July, the summer holiday that marks the beginning of the New England vacation season. The kids are out of school […]

Socks

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I’ve just rummaged through my socks drawer to find something suitable for a warm Spring day. There are a couple pair of fleece socks that are hard to get on, thick fluffy orlon socks that will only fit with hiking boots or sneakers, thin short socks that I can’t remember how I came to buy, […]

Mumbai

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I love to travel and I love to eat. I have memories of great food experiences around the world. India was one of my first ventures abroad. Through Servas, an international friendship organization, I was invited to spend a couple of days with a middle-class family in Mumbai. They had servants who did dishes and […]