September 19, 2017

Archives for November 2013

More than Just the Birthday Cake Was on Fire

• By John F. Chisholm • We celebrated my birthday this week.  It was cozy in the kitchen, the woodstove warming the room.  The event was marked from the beginning.  The cake caught fire ― truly.  … [Read more...]

Mincemeat Cookies

Yes, meat in cookie form. Think about that. Mincemeat is not just for pies. This recipe is incredibly easy and baked cookies can be frozen, if you don't eat them all at once. (You will be tempted. … [Read more...]

The Best Mincemeat Ever

This recipe got its start with a dear friend of the family. She loved to cook and garden and did so right into her 90s. She shared recipes with my grandmother, including this one. Nana tweaked it a … [Read more...]

Not-So-Lonely Asparagus

When a plant has been cultivated for thousands of years, it might not be surprising to find it growing anywhere conditions are good. Such is the case with Asparagus officinalis, best known as … [Read more...]

Memories of Trees Past

• By Janine Pineo • At 83, I stopped counting. The lines near the edge were melded and blurred, fused into something indecipherable. The smell of sawdust still hung in the air as I … [Read more...]

Dance On

Cucumis sativus comes in many flavors, and a nice one to add to your vegetable plot is Lucky Dance. This vigorous cucumber vines well, growing easily on an upright trellis for quick picking. This … [Read more...]

Outside the Box

Some plants were built to be the beautiful backdrop to showy plants, the broad canvas on which the attention-grabbers can sparkle to even better effect. Buxus microphylla var. Koreana is one of those … [Read more...]

Gold Standard

Golden purslane is not your ordinary purslane. This upright version of Portulaca oleracea can reach about 18 inches in height on sturdy, edible stems. The large leaves are plentiful and succulent. … [Read more...]

Cattails and Romance: A Farmer’s Tale

• By John F. Chisholm • Cattails are the bane of my mowing experience.  Wet, boggy areas from six inches above water level to two feet below are their domain. They take over our drainage ditches … [Read more...]

Periwinkle Hue

The genus Vinca has six species in the dogbane family, with V. minor and major preferring shady locations where the vining plants readily form a groundcover. The flowers are generally a shade of blue, … [Read more...]