July 20, 2017

Archives for December 2012

Buche de Noel

Yule Log with Mocha Buttercream I first made this dessert when I was in high school. I remember making it specifically one year for my French class because it had a French name. It was a … [Read more...]

Tough as Leather

Chamaedaphne calyculata likes a good peat bog. This broadleaf evergreen shrub thrives in bog and fen locations, its rhizomes extending up to a foot below ground level and setting the stage for its … [Read more...]

Bringing Home the Gifts of the Magi

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they … [Read more...]

The Tree and Me

• By John F. Chisholm • Trees are important. They're not merely photosynthesis in action although we certainly depend on the oxygen they produce from the waste product we exhale, carbon … [Read more...]

Beware of Impostors

Think oregano and your mind likely conjures up a nice, warm scent. But not all oregano is made alike. Pictured is Origanum vulgaris, which is actually known as wild marjoram, and is the parent of O. … [Read more...]

Garden Carol – December 2012

I fear the annual dreaded carol from a deranged gardener has emerged from its cozy cocoon just in time for a little yuletide cheer. You never do know what’s in a cocoon, do you?  I don’t. Who knew … [Read more...]

Cranapple Sauce

Whenever I use cranberries for a sauce, I usually make plain cranberry sauce or orange cranberry relish. But when I had some apples earlier this week that needed to be used, I pondered for a moment … [Read more...]

Apple Bread

If you like spices and apples, then this bread is for you. Unless you overcook it for a long time, you will find this moist loaf is full of flavor. But make sure it is fully cooked by using a … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Cribbage

• By John F. Chisholm • Cribbage is important. Don't ask me why.  I've never been able to figure that part out. My wife and I play in the evenings after dinner.  Outside, it might be cold and … [Read more...]

Purple and Hungry

It's not quite a flying purple people eater, but Sarracenia purpurea is purple - sometimes more of a red-purple - and does digest unsuspecting insects that are attracted to its colorful pitchers … [Read more...]