Category Archives: fall/winter crops

Cookies & Tea & Snow & Me

Print PDFCookies should taste exactly the way you love them best When Weather Isn’t Welcome Ah, spring! Bulbs are sprouting and minor bulbs are already showing their colors, from snowdrops and snowflakes to winter aconite (Eranthis) and muscari to species … Continue reading

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Reliably Perfect Beans

Print PDF                             Dried Beans Are Best When Brined Brining Beans For Tenderness Autumn’s fog, wind and rain makes hearty soups especially appealing. The soup pot is almost always on the stove these days; right now, dried beans shelled by my … Continue reading

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Holiday Habits And Highlights

Print PDFA pandemic quilt in progress Potato Leek Soup, With Gratitude As a child, I always enjoyed the way that autumn and early winter seasons are spangled with holidays that brighten the darkening days and lengthening nights. However, as I’ve … Continue reading

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Harvesting & Heading For Autumn

If the tomatoes are ambling, nectarines and peaches, plums and blackberries are all racing from garden to table. Neighbors have gifted us with enough to make lots of jam and desserts, but I’m also making large supplies of fruit vinegars. Delicious in dressings or drizzled over sliced avocados or watermelon, tomatoes or lettuce, homemade fruit vinegars also make excellent shrubs, combinations of vinegars and fizzy water that can be further concocted into mixed drinks. Making them at home, you can avoid the cloying over-sweetness of commercial kinds, and it’s rewarding to combine fruits, or add spices or anything else that strikes your fancy. Around here, the top favorites include a single kind of fruit with the addition of a vanilla bean, cracked peppercorns, lemon peel, or even a cinnamon stick. Here’s the basic recipe and a few favorite variations to play with, but I encourage you to start with cider vinegar, which tastes and carries flavors far better than white vinegar (too harsh) or rice vinegar (too mild). Continue reading

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