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Finding Balance in Bologna

It’s only been a week and a half since I arrived in Bologna and already I miss the variety of ingredients I was able to find in the United States. How ironic to be surrounded by traditional, local ingredients yet search for products that are anything but common in Italy. Suddenly, the Italian staples I […]

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The Foolish Gardener: Learning the Hard Way… Again

  Listen to Barbara read the post. I stopped growing corn a few years back.  For good reason.  It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it. Just as people line up for local chicken-pie suppers around here, I […]

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Guest Post #7: Nancy White Writes about her Seattle Garden

A Note from Barbara:  I have learned more than I can say from Nancy White, one of the foremost thinkers on online communities (read her book), incredible graphic facilitator (see her work), lover of chocolate, and good friend.  Here I learn lessons gleaned from gardening in a sodden place. A Note from Nancy: My friend […]

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Guest Video: Ofelia’s Mexican Kitchen

Ofelia Barrios is our second guest to share her stories and recipes in a video for Open View Gardens. Ofelia is a wonderful cook of Mexican food — during her time as a student at Middlebury College and her many subsequent visits to our home, she filled the house with ingredients she had brought from […]

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What’s for Dinner? Tomatoes.

I wait all year for Barbara’s tomatoes. I refuse to buy the imported, tasteless, watery tomatoes sold in the grocery store. Occasionally during the winter I buy canned San Marzano tomatoes to make sauce, but nothing compares to the sun-ripened tomatoes that come out of our garden. We grow three kinds of cherry tomatoes, ranging […]

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NEW VIDEO — Jammin’ Strawberries

When we wrote about strawberries in June, we promised you a video on making French-style jam. After a busy month of weeding, harvesting and planting fall crops for Barbara and making plans to move to Italy for me, we’re finally fulfilling our promise. Although strawberry season has come and gone (sort of–we’ve still been able […]

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Seasonal and Creative Berry Desserts

Last Thursday we taught our first class of the summer, Beyond Pie: Desserts with Small Fruits and Berries to introduce people to new, unconventional ways to use berries in desserts. While pies, crisps, cobblers and crumbles are all delicious ways to use berries, we wanted to encourage our participants to be creative and not to […]

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Eating Adventures in Amman

Our guest blogger this week for our new series, Food Stories: Memory, Culture, Perspective, is Michaela Yule, a family friend from Newton, MA who has spent the last five years, including her time at Dartmouth College, studying and living off and on in the Middle East, between Egypt, Syria and Jordan, with visits to Lebanon, […]

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It’s Fig Season

On Saturday we found the first figs of the season in our local co-op and on Sunday we picked our own ripe figs (far superior in flavor and texture to the store-bought). A month ago we wrote about the wonder of being able to grow figs in Vermont, and now we’re finally able to eat […]

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Reflections on Father’s Day Recipes

Last Sunday for Father’s Day, the LA Times published 10 recipes to celebrate fathers. The recipes included: three types of steak, two gourmet hamburgers, “Man-sized turkey wings,” “Naked ribs,” two desserts, and a gin cocktail. After spending the past year researching and writing a thesis on the relationship between gender and food (The Gendering of […]

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