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Hot Spiced Cider…mmmmm

We went down (and up) the mountain to the orchard stand to get fresh cider and apples. They  still had Stayman Winesap, my favorite here in the south for cooking and eating. We made applesauce – I love homemade applesauce. I usually … Continue reading

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Julia Child’s kitchen…at the Smithsonian

We’d come to Washington DC on a business trip, and my friend who comes to this conference every year told me I could do whatever I wanted in our free time on Saturday, and she’d keep me company. “I want to … Continue reading

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Coffee

I first started drinking coffee when I went to graduate school in the my 30’s. Up till then I had been a confirmed tea-drinker. Mint tea was my favorite, but spiced teas were also good. Also just plain old Lipton’s, … Continue reading

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End of summer abundance

It’s Labor Day weekend, which used to mean the end of summer and the start of school.  Labor Day used to mean trudging along sun-baked dusty roads, saying good-bye to summer friends, and getting ready to go home and start school the next day. … Continue reading

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Huckleberry Blues

The huckleberries we have in PA have a sharp tangy sweetness unlike the big fat Southern blueberries. Huckleberries are smaller, a darker purple and shiny instead of a dusty blue. I dearly love them! I managed to get up to … Continue reading

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A spell of food

The combination of spelling bee info and French food has overlapped. I just saw the movie “Akeelah and the Bee”, and heard on NPR about a bar with adult spelling bee nights (like karaoke,only challenging). I consider myself a pretty … Continue reading

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End of the CSA

I received the last of my CSA sacks this past week. I had signed up for 10 weeks for the summer, not sure what to expect, and they are over. Somewhere along the way Iwas overwhelmed with vegetables. It was … Continue reading

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Sneak a zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch night….

Yes, it really is a national holiday! August 8: Sneak a zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch! Based on the time of year in PA when zucchini have prolifically produced to  the point where no one needs anymore, and the only … Continue reading

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When good recipes go bad

I’ve been receiving Swiss chard on a regular weekly basis in my CSA sack, and have been looking up new recipes. In one of the fresh seasonal cookbooks I really like, there was a version of spannikopita (those little Greek spinach … Continue reading

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Chicken and Toboggans

It was a dark and rainy night. And day. And day before that. And day before that…..well, you get the idea. I was heading down to the Volunteer Fire Company June Chicken Barbecue via the shops at Eagles Mere…both the … Continue reading

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