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Dreaming in Peppers

This week’s PATCHwork column for the Addison Independent: Hot Pepper Mania My house smells of hot peppers.  Who knew that a dehydrator filled with them would send clouds of pungent oil into the air.  At this rate I could probably produce highly effective pepper spray, may soon have to don goggles.  It’s a good thing […]

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Eating and Drinking Flowers

We’re harvesting and preserving like mad at Open View Gardens: vegetables, fruits and herbs to make syrups and sauces, jellies and tisanes, ristras and pestos, chutneys and cordials, salts and mustards, salsas and herb mixes. The hot peppers are ripening up, and so we’re exploring the full range of flavors and heat, variety to variety. […]

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A Little Bit of Heaven in the Kitchen: Making Ricotta and Mozzarella

The first time I made cassis and realized how simple it was to transform black currants into ambrosia (really, all you need is patience as it takes six months of maceration in a cool, dark place), I felt as though someone had been keeping a secret from me all these years–some of the most sublime […]

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Early Season Abundance, Part One

For my next newspaper column (in a couple of weeks), I plan on writing about abundance–even in an early season northern garden–about how so much is ready for harvest, almost too much: plants bolting, plants trying to bolt, plants ready overnight, and how working within that abundance hour by hour opens up perspectives beyond mine […]

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Mint Condition: It’s a Love/Hate Relationship

In today’s Addison Independent, our food column, PATCH work, features my piece on the pleasures and pitfalls of growing mint.  Just yesterday, I was wishing I had planted mint all around the perimeter of the garden; perhaps if I had done so, I would now have fenugreek, the kale would not be looking chewed up, […]

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Newspaper Column #2: Artichoke Spring

Note: Every other Thursday I contribute to a shared column, PATCH work, Three Gardens, Many Kitchens, in our local newspaper, The Addison Independent.  This week I’m thinking artichokes–here’s how it reads with its images (the online newspaper version does not include the visuals). As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. […]

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