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In which a tree falls on the barn

In which a tree falls on the barn

  Here in my neck of the Virginia woods the rain has been far more than plentiful over the summer. The rain soaks the soil and the least wind drops any dead tree standing. In my case that means the belt of trees right above…

Finding a good solution to my stacks of old magazines

Finding a good solution to my stacks of old magazines

IMAGINE A PICTURE HERE of too many stacks of magazines on very crowded bookshelves! You really don’t want to see it! Those who know me well know I’ve been a magazine hoarder for many years; especially magazines about food or gardening. So during my current…

Monticello Hearth Cooking at the Heritage Harvest Festival 2016

Monticello Hearth Cooking at the Heritage Harvest Festival 2016

This coming Friday (Sept 9th) culinary historian Michael Twitty will join me at the Monticello kitchen hearth for a celebration of enslaved cooks Edith Fossett and Frances Hern; their skills and their lives. We will prepare a menu of recipes from Mary Randolph’s 1824 The…

The Fall Garden at Indigo House

The Fall Garden at Indigo House

Here in our Central Virginia garden & yard I/we are in Fall mode.  This is always a combination of cleaning up and closing down along with strategizing on how to keep ongoing projects running despite bad weather. The big thing this year was to get…

4th of July Homemade Hot Dog Buns

4th of July Homemade Hot Dog Buns

  I really like a good hot dog!  Way back when I lived in Los Angeles I had all the routes to Pinks Hot Dogs on La Brea Boulevard memorized.   My favorite was a kosher dog loaded with chili, sauerkraut, onion, and sweet pickle relish. …