3 Corn Husk Brooms

This past summer I dried corn husks, leftover from a dinner, out in sun. Fresh corn is still available here so I am hoping it is where you are too. It is possibly too late to dry outside in some places but corn husks will also do just fine drying in a garage or closet. […]

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Applesauce Crumb Cake

Crumb cakes have been around for generations. Most include some moisture to half the batter once the crumbling is complete. This recipe does not. The ingredients are just pressed into place. What I really like about this recipe is how simply it comes together with only a few ingredients, no milk, no eggs. As long […]

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Simple Green Bean & Tomato Salad

A couple of weeks ago, right in the middle of tomato harvesting time, my stepmother was given fresh small tomatoes and beans from a friends garden. The beans were purple and green and the seeds had been smuggled from the Ukraine decades ago, when families were forced to flee war. They had been faithfully grown […]

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Chai Spice Overnight Raisin Bread

Having just finished up a batch of Greek yoghurt, I have whey on hand and raisin bread sounded like a REALLY good ideas for two friends who love raisins and think there are never enough of them in store bought raisin bread. No knead overnight bread is a simple way to produce lovely crusty artisan […]

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All Hallows Apothecary Bottle

While the website migration was happening this last week, there were periods of waiting and waiting and… did I mention waiting. This quick project was perfect for filling some of that time. Small step, wait, another small step. Use the finished bottles to create a kitchen shelf/windowsill vignette, combine with flowers and pumpkins for a […]

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Fresh Black & Blue Flan

Along the sides of roads and down country lanes blackberry brambles are in full fruit. They are in fact coming to an end and before they disappear for another year along with fresh blueberries, here is an easy mixed berry pie, finished with a crumble topping. When picking wild blackberries, it is always a good […]

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Sour Cherry Cake

This year was a good reminder of the fragility of nature. Not to say nature is fragile. It can cope with a lot and since time is measured in epochs not work weeks it can afford to take the long view. The more immediate view is that the weather here has not been good for […]

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Nectarine Pie with Lemon Basil Glaze

We have a valley about three hours away by car that grows wonderful fruit; grapes for wine making, cherries, melons, apples, peaches, apricots and nectarines for jams, wine, preserving and just enjoying. This time of the year I always look forward to the first of the local nectarines and generally do not do anything other […]

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Hazelnuts in Sweet Chili Sauce

Before classes begin again next month a little summer excursion into the pantry was in order the other day. I came across a small container of hazelnuts, shelled one evening last winter and then forgotten. Roasting seemed like a good idea and then I remembered the sweet chili sauce sitting in the fridge almost finished! […]

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First Incense

For the past few years, at the end of July, I teach a “Working with Herbs” class. It is often the last class of the season and I try to make it a little special. My challenge is that there are several people who have taken each class and I therefore work at coming up […]

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