July 13, 2020

Archives for 2014

Garlic Scapes

We had steamed garlic scapes sautéed with mushrooms and shrimp and served over a bed of rice for dinner the other night. It was absolutely delicious. My daughter planted the garlic last fall, … [Read more...]

Throwing a Party

• By John F. Chisholm • There are a lot of jobs to catch up on around here. This isn't anything new. In fact, on a place like this, work never disappears. Not even for an instant. Nevertheless, … [Read more...]

The Assurance of Perpetuity

• By John F. Chisholm • I replaced the latticework on our front porch yesterday. The existing lattice had rotted. In fact, it was in the process of complete disintegration by the time I acted. I … [Read more...]

Caramelized Veggies with Chicken and Sausage

A few potatoes in a bowl. A couple of zucchini in the crisper. A half a kielbasa in the freezer. Most of us have a fridge with little dishes of this, a couple pieces of that, but not enough to eat on … [Read more...]

The Total Cost

• By John F. Chisholm • I'm slowly working the bugs out of my 1959 Land Rover. The steering is too loose, the back door occasionally opens while underway and the emergency brake slips. Fortunately, … [Read more...]

Listening to the Grass Grow

• By John F. Chisholm • My wife caught me yesterday, stretched out, face down on the fresh mown lawn. "What are you doing?" I opened my eyes reluctantly, squinting upward into the warm  … [Read more...]

Strawberry Pineapple Rhubarb Sauce

I love rhubarb season. I don't need anything special to make it special, just rhubarb. Well, make that a bit of sugar, too. Not sure how I would manage if I didn't add a bit of sugar to the bite of … [Read more...]

Laying Out the Garden

• By John F. Chisholm • May 12 - My daughter and I rototilled the garden yesterday. That's a deceptively simple statement, eight words. It sounds far simpler than the truth: My daughter and I … [Read more...]

Timing is Everything

• By John F. Chisholm • Timing is an issue for everyone. Some more than others. Mine has always been way off. Perhaps that's because I'm tone deaf. I understand that musicians have perfect timing. … [Read more...]

The Awe-inspiring Potential of a Seed

“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim. "When I ponder on them seeds I don't find it nowise hard to believe that we've got … [Read more...]