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Madrid Botanical Gardens

This beautiful garden was founded in 1755 and is filled with plants from all over the world. Even in January there were things to see and learn about.

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Eggnog!

Every year we have a holiday open house and I make homemade eggnog.  This nog will  sustain one through the dark, cold days and bring holiday cheer to any occasion. First separate twelve egg yolks and whites then beat the yolks until thick and creamy. Next slowly add in a pound of powdered sugar and beat until […]

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Over Thanksgiving we visited family on Mount Desert Island in Maine. I’d read about the Common Good Soup Kitchen when doing community kitchen work and really wanted to visit. As luck would have it the place was open and within walking distance of where we were staying. This poster summarizes all the great things they […]

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The season of wondering what in the world to give people for the holidays is upon us.  I really enjoy making people things but it can be a challenge to figure out something that people will actually like.  This has not always been something I have been particularly good at; I remember the year everyone […]

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This time of year I love making candied citrus peels.  Sometimes we use the sweet sharp peels in cookie and fudge recipes and sometimes we just eat them straight.  You can also dip them in chocolate for a lovely blend of flavors. Ingredients: 3 thick-skinned organic navel oranges 2 1/4 cups sugar, plus extra for […]

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Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, MD is great fun!

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Pesto!

My family loves pesto; we eat it on noodles, pizza and even toast.  This weekend the basil looked ready so we moved into action.  In year’s past I’ve always used the traditional pine nuts but one look at the tiny little bag selling for fifteen dollars made me decide that maybe walnuts would be just […]

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Acorns!

The acorns are ripe! They look a bit smaller than usual to me this year. Maybe the dry, hot weather? Check them over carefully to get good ones. So how do you get the good ones?  You are looking for nuts that aren’t super bitter, don’t have a lot of worm holes in them and are a light […]

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What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine?  Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]

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Cider Pressing

This year we had a record number of apples. What to do? Make cider of course! I called City Fruit and rented their great press for a few days. We drank some of the cider then decided to ferment the rest. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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