Instead of birthday cake I ate pie on Saturday. After picking ground cherries for a few weeks we had more than enough for two pies, so I baked on my birthday. Ground cherries are a familiar fruit in my family. Apparently both Mom and Dad grew up eating ground cherries from their families’ gardens. My
Plenty of rain and heat most of the summer has made our vegetable garden lush. Asparagus, radishes, sugar snap peas, and salad greens grew well in the cool, damp spring before June heated up. By midsummer the garden was yielding baby carrots, turnips, beets, zucchini, and kohlrabi. We harvested onions and garlic before the end
Until I ran across a recipe combining arugula and watermelon in a salad, I didn’t have much use for those greens or the red kale that always appears when we plant a packet of mesclun seeds. Now every year we eat garden arugula until late June, by which time it is going to seed and
We’re gardeners. One summer several years ago Jay planted mustard green seeds on a whim, without having any idea how to use the plentiful produce that grew. I cooked greens with garlic and onion several times without making a dent in the crop and finally challenged him to find a way to make use of
Just because my children and grandchildren are 200 to 1000 miles away on Mother’s Day doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate. Brunch was one of this year’s Mother’s Day highlights. Our offspring were with me in spirit, the table was lovely, and the food was delicious. First thing Sunday morning Jay said he needed to go
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