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Beating the Heat, Vintage Style

I grew up without central air conditioning. In fact, mostly without air conditioning at all. Actually, come to think of it, I have never lived in a house with central air. And I grew up in a pretty hot and steamy region of the country, where the temperature in the summer routinely reached 90 degrees … Continue reading

loc strawberries

When We Spring Too Early

  This topic has been weighing on my mind a lot lately, so I’m going to write it out. Humans have a tendency after long cold winters (like the one we just had) to crave fresh, green, growing things and fresh fruits. Except, Mother Nature generally needs time to produce these things. As in, several … Continue reading

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A Garden Fair Pictorial

The Hudson Valley Garden Association had their second Garden FairĀ on May 3 at Montgomery Place in Red Hook. My husband Dale and I’d never been to Montgomery PlaceĀ and we couldn’t make Garden Fair last year. You know how sometimes in life you have a magical experience that only lasts a few hours, but it is … Continue reading

spaghetti squash carbonara with place settings

Dip Into Spring

It’s been busy around here lately. Work is crazy and the house is often messy. And all of those grey skies make me sleepy and lazy. But spring is on its way, despite the softening white snow still on the ground. Things are starting to get muddy and balmy breezes blow through on occasion. No … Continue reading

Lard roasted potatoes

Lard-Roasted Potatoes – Snack of the Year?

In my last post, I talked a little bit about lard-roasted potatoes. While some people may fear animal fats, I am not one of them, and pork fat with potatoes is quite possibly the greatest combination ever.   I render my own lard at home from locally produced pork fat I buy for cheap at … Continue reading

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Celebrating 2013

So we haven’t updated this in a loooong time. But sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. As does the fact that more often than not this year, I’ve forgotten to take pictures, to take my camera somewhere, to capture in digital format all the wonderful things I’ve seen and done. And that’s okay. … Continue reading

roasted carrots, parsnips, and shallots with orange

Easter Recipes

Even though it was just us two for Easter, I decided I wanted to go all out. Despite the fact that I did everything in one day (including yeast bread) with a single oven and only one oven rack, it all turned out pretty deliciously. I didn’t get everything to the table piping hot, but … Continue reading

egg dyes

Dyeing Easter Eggs, Naturally

The other day I saw this little article on theKitchn.com. And this one. So I decided to try my hand at making my own, natural dyes for Easter eggs. Y’know what? They turned out pretty okay! Turns out if you boil the heck out of some colorful things, then add a little vinegar, then steep … Continue reading

purple crocus in the woods

Easter Feast for Two

OMG update! So yeah, when I say “for two,” I really mean that just two people ate this dinner. Which could have easily fed four. Or six. Or possibly even ten if I had made more potatoes and root veggies and the extra pound of asparagus I have in the fridge. Chad and I spent … Continue reading

Eggnog

Egg’n’grog, download the recipe!

6 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 teaspoons salt 4 cups half and half 1/2 cup rum (optional), preferable white but dark is fine. Dash of nutmeg Dash of cinnamon Separate eggs into two large bowls. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla until creamy. Add rum and half and half. … Continue reading

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