Food, Pure & Simple

Apples — we got ’em. So we’re heavy on apple recipes here. But also fresh food from the garden. Good country food, pure and real. Enjoy.

 

I’m not sure why we loved Mom’s baked apples so much. They are a homely dish, not fancy, and easy to make. It might be that we got to eat a sweet dessert-like food for dinner — she never served them for dessert — we always ate them right along with whatever else we were having…. Click here to read more.

 

A twist of lime

A twist of lime

Supper, or dinner — no matter how many people are in your family, or how elegant or plain the fare, the evening meal is important in the life of your family.

Sociologists have long told us that. We get to converse with those we love most about our days and share laughter. Families bond over meals. The modern family that doesn’t sit down together for dinner loses out on an eating-together-relationship… Click here to read more

 

I thought I had selected the accent color for the kitchen. Lime Twist. Benjamin Moore.
Yes Mr. H.C. complains about the price of Benjamin Moore, but it’s only an accent color; it’s not like we need 3 gallons! And they do have the best colors. So I bought a sample jar last week… Click here to read more.

 

 

The Last Bowl of Walnuts

The Last Bowl of Walnuts

Last year we had no walnuts on our tree. After two years of abundant harvests, it was quite disappointing. It had been so nice to look at the bags of walnuts in the grocery store, nod, and think, Yes! I don’t have to pay those prices. And mine are organic….

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Pickle Juice

Pickle Juice

It’s very satisfying to be gardening again.

I haven’t had a real vegetable garden in many years. Oh, we grew tomatoes and peppers and herbs (and an occasional zucchini) at the city house, but the deer… Click here to read more.

 

Squashed, but not defeated

Squashed, but not defeated

Is there any squash with better flavor than butternut?
It’s the only winter squash I’ve ever grown, because, really, why grow anything else?
The groundhogs like it too…

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Baked Apple Butter: or confessions of a traditional cook who is sometimes in a hurry,

Baked Apple Butter: or confessions of a traditional cook who is sometimes in a hurry,

Traditional Apple Butter is cooked over a low flame for very long time so that it’s spiciness can be cooked into the apples until they are creamy and spreadable and delectable. It takes a lot of apples, peeled apples, and a lot of time and burnt pans in the process. I’ve read that… Click here to read more.

 

Beets. garlic, rosemary & walnuts

The Back Porch Smells Like Garlic

This is the first year either of us has ever grown garlic. So it seems kind of silly to do a DIY post on how to grow it, but I’m telling you, if all you’ve ever had is store bought cured garlic? Oh my. There is nothing like fresh garlic — it is mellower, tastier, and just all-round better… Click here to read more.

 

Tabouleh

Salmagundi*

 

 

As I was making tabouleh (or tabouli) today for dinner, chopping cucumbers, tomatoes, a green pepper, green onions, parsley, and mint, my mind wandered back to the first time I was introduced to this delicious salad. I was about ten years old; it was a summer family picnic and Aunt Ethel …

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I pulled up one row of the rowdy jungle of green beans this morning. A few tiny white and yellow blossoms were dangling on the ends of brown leaves but I have a pantry full of beans…

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Fall is not my favorite season.
Yes, I know, blogland abounds with people raving about fall and there are Thanksgiving recipes everywhere. The cooler weather, the colors of the leaves, frost on the pumpkins, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin whatevers….
Yes. All that is fine, but the truth is I miss my garden…

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I got my first cookbook at age 10 — Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Girls and Boys. Can you believe it’s still available? Everywhere! With the same cover, even. Ah, the joy of retro….
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The Pumpkin Disaster

A week ago I still had a pumpkin from my garden. I was planning on cooking it soon, I really was. The thing is, it was Christmas time and the orange pumpkin just didn’t go with Christmas decorations. So I put it on top of the corner cupboard to be cooked in January. It’s February 6th. Yes…

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I thought I had settled the whole kale issue in the fall with The Trouble with Kale. Turns out, I didn’t because last week, on the eleventh of February, I walked down to check out the garden. I discovered both spinach and kale cheerfully surviving the Pennsylvania winter with just a light layer of straw mulch. Today, February 18th, I went down with my scissors…

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