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HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

It’s the time of year that we who are garden starved pour over the mail order seed catalogs and yearn to get our hands into the dirt. No matter that it’s cold and icy and wet and stormy and the soil would hate being disturbed! […]

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 […]

Roasting Garlic for our summer eating

Roasting Garlic for our summer eating

Once in the spring and then once again in the fall I buy a big mesh tube of garlic heads and roast those suckers all on the same day for my quart of roasted garlic that lives in my fridge till it’s gone.  For ‘fresh’ […]

IN WHICH WE MAKE PIZZA IN OUR HOME BUILT WOOD BREAD OVEN

IN WHICH WE MAKE PIZZA IN OUR HOME BUILT WOOD BREAD OVEN

Yesterday our family had the delicious fun of making pizza in our wood oven for the first time in the yard out by the picnic table under the oak tree. The wind was chilly even though the sky was bright so we did a bit […]

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

It was chilly and overcast today – a high of 42-ish. I remembered a recipe for Cornish Pasties I saw in a recent South Dakota magazine and someone on facebook posted a meat pie idea which jogged me into action. I defrosted the hamburger (from […]