Late Freeze

The weather this fall was oddly warm in the Mid-west. We didn’t have a real hard freeze until December and many things in the garden were harvested much later than usual. I don’t know if it is global warming or just an anomaly, but had I known, I would have planted a few more cool […]

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My Dad’s Hands

It was my Dad’s birthday a couple of days ago, the 4th of December. Even though it has been over fifteen years since his death I still wonder what he would think about various things going on today……….oddly, I suppose, or maybe not, I have a silent conversation in my head with him from time […]

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Blueberries, Romance and Scones

(Photo by Kathy Achelpohl) The blueberries grabbed my attention again this summer……..maybe because they go on sale and are so abundant, but most likely because they are on my mind a little more this year. At the very back of our yard where we had done some re-grading in the spring, I planted several varieties […]

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Cooking for Greta

I can’t help but wonder about Greta and her food. If you don’t already know, Greta is our nearly nine year-old Westie. Oddly well behaved for a terrier, Greta found her way to us on our daughter Emily’s thirteenth birthday, or I should say the day after. Never under estimate the degree of guilt and […]

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Early Cooking Encouragement

Not long after my daughter learned to walk, she would hang out with me in the kitchen when I was making things.  Like every parent needing to get the meal together, she needed to be somewhat occupied or things would never get done. Out came the pots and pans and wooden spoons or whatever other […]

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So much Basil!

These days, in the summer, all the cooking magazines seem to have recipes for variations on pesto utilizing every sort of green and possible nut combination you can imagine. It makes me chuckle as I think about some of the Kale jokes I’ve heard recently. I’ve tried several of these new combinations and they are […]

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Breakfast for Dinner

I think everybody does this occasionally, eating breakfast food at dinner that is. I especially enjoy it in the summer when I want something warm (tepid) that isn’t heavy. Breakfast for dinner was not unusual growing up in my parents household, so it doesn’t seem unusual to me and wasn’t for my wife either. I […]

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Grill Life

The change of seasons seems to mean a change of pace in our kitchen.  In the fall it is heavier foods that seem to taste good, in the spring things turn lighter and when summer emerges, we want to be outside.  The garden gets going in the summer, the school year coming to an end, […]

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Perennials and Milestones

We first moved into our house in the fall of 1992, just as the seasons were turning. While I can’t take credit for our timing, it turned out well as we could ease into the whole yard work thing with most of the winter to get our balance. Our property, while being in a wonderful […]

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Asparagus

  No questions anymore about when Spring is here………my back is sore and asparagus is cheap, so it is definitely Spring. The sore back is the result of beginning work in the garden, warm enough to work some soil amendments in, clean up the leaves and other winter debris, get the onion sets in, begin […]

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