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Herbs Up-Close: Chapter 2: European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Goldenrod, the herb we find all over growing in old gardens, arrived to Europe somewhere in the 1700's.  This is ...
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Herbs Up-Close: Chapter 1: Lemon Verbena

I have Spain to thank for bringing this lovely herb back to the shores of Europe, upon it's discovery in ...
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Fried Zucchini Flowers

Fried Zucchini Flower's I remember these from childhood, definitely. My mom used to love frying up the zucchini flowers that ...
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Farm Feast 2018

This summer, I took a little visit back to our family farm in California.  It was the height of the ...
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A New Take on Something Old

My original biscotti recipe, a recipe passed down in my family now 4 generations,  is a recipe which didn't require ...
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The Vodka Martini

No other drink quite compares to the mighty Martini and I had some fun finding out a few trivial pointers ...
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The Summer Solstice

Today we celebrated the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  For us, it symbolizes the first day of summer as ...
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A New Summer Garden

Summer is officially on track.  It's the second week of June 2018, and I'm pretty happy thus far with what ...
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My Peony’s

The Peony, is one of the most symbolic flowers found in nature.  Native to China, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, ...
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A Bouquet Fit for a Duchess

My inspiration for picking today spurred from the lovely natural bouquet the new Duchess of Sussex (Megan Markel) carried for ...
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Cannabis Oil

Cannabaceae is the herb of the god's.  It's been around since the inception of time.  It's been smoked, burned, boiled, ...
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Swiss Bread: Solothurner Brot

Solothurn is a Kanton in Switzerland which is quite understated but in principle, is loaded with class, culture and history.  ...
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Swiss Bread: Berner Brot

The Berner Brot is as lovely as the Mid-Evil city.  A brief history of Bern:  It's the countries capital, and ...
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A Vintage Birthday Meal, for a Vintage Guy.

Just wanted to wish my vintage guy, a Happy Birthday.  His special birthday request for his 52nd Birthday was his ...
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Cooking My Options

Veg and salad lunch. My options are slowly returning due to the fact that Spring is 3 weeks in. We ...
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Easter Cookies

Easter Cookies Easter cookies are as good of an idea as Christmas cookies.  My daughter decided she wanted to make ...
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First Bloom

Lungwort is one of those amazing herbs I read about, but missed the growing season (2017).  When I read about ...
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The Crust(s) of Life

Crusts:  officially denoted as "the tough outer layer, a hardened layer or coating, or a deposit on layer of something ...
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How Food Inspires our Purposeless Walks

It's hard to imagine such old beauty, both in the natural sense and in the man-made form.  It was a ...
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Quick Herbed Potatoes

Quick Herbed Potatoes:  cir. 2000 This is a quick update on an old idea.  If you're pressed for time, or ...
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Fresh Ground Meat

The birth of the first meat grinder took place in Germany around 1800. The first grinder was obviously a hand-crank ...
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Swiss Bread: Aargauer Brot

The Aargauer bread is our next post.  It was not an easy bread to find however.  We searched all the ...
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A Turkey With Friends: 2017

Since we had two Thanksgiving celebration's this year, I had 2 different menu options.  I'm not sure why so much ...
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Swiss breakfast

A Swiss breakfast is something I crave.  The tradition was first introduced into my every day life almost 25 years ...
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Samichlaus Bread

Switzerland, like many other European countries have a rich standing tradition with breads. They come in all shapes and sizes, ...
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Swiss Bread: Luzerner Brot

This is the famous lucerne bread or Luzerner Weggen.  This bread has a distinctive look, the only one in fact ...
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Best Places to Visit, in California!

I know, not my typical post, but I have a number of people who I know, that love to visit ...
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Thanksgiving Day Menu

We ordered & picked up our fresh bird from an all organic farm(Wendelinhof) in the neighboring town which raises turkeys ...
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Swiss Bread: Basler Brot

The 'Basler Brot' also called "Basler Laibli" was made popular in the 1940's, but the recipe was first found in ...
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Swiss Bread: Tessiner Brot

Quite possibly, one of my favorite breads!  For my family, this bread is special because it's unlike our normal daily ...
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Swiss Bread: St.Galler Brot

From the bakery Hächler This is one of our family favorites...maybe because my husband came from this canton and it ...
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Brezel

They call this beauty the Brezel, or the beer pretzel.  It's named after the tradition of enjoying this along with ...
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A Table Worth Setting

I'm not sure how often you've told yourself,  "it's not worth setting a nice table" for mealtime,  but I'm here ...
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Swiss Bread: Götzenbrot

From the bakery Beck-Brunner Bread.  This would be the first thing I'd say I would miss if I were to ...
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Fall’s Best Tea

Source:  Me; cir. 2015 This inspiration arrived when I got my first bulb of fresh, fresh ginger. "Tea" I thought.  ...
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The Fall Wrap-Up

It's been a long, joyous season in the garden this year. I've had an abundance of flowers and herbs, along ...
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Red Hot Spicy Oil

Source: Rochelle 2015 The Trinidad Scorpion, The 7 Pot...just a few of the spicy pepper varieties I picked up in ...
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All-Clad is All-Right

I knew when I got married 25 years ago, that I wanted a pot and pan collection to last me ...
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Week’s Inspiration

First week of November, and you expect the pickings from the veg. assortment to be slim.  Instead, when my weekly ...
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French Press Coffee

French Press method What took Starbucks over 25 years to achieve, the world was introduced to coffee close to over ...
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Weekly Organic Delivery

Every week I get a beautiful box of fresh vegetables delivered to my doorstep.  It's local, seasonal and most importantly ...
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