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Herb-Crusted Haddock

This is delicious. Herb-Crusted Haddock with Tomato Maple Salsa. Served with Asparagus with Lemon Chive Sauce. All recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks–both a wonderful cookbook and garden design book, by Ellen Ecker Ogden. The Haddock recipe called for a Fresh Fennel Salsa but I forgot to buy the fennel when I was grocery…

A Few Days In Vermont

Three weeks ago, we spent a few days in Bennington, Vermont. We had never been to Bennington. We went to visit a friend of Susan’s who was visiting her mom in Bennington. According to the Bennington, Vermont website: “History, colleges, cafés, world-class golf, an acclaimed healthcare center. Mountains, museums, innovative industries, and a vibrant arts…

Clematis Status

Susan bought me a few new T-shirts and one seemed to match the flower colors perfectly. So, here we have a self-portrait taken Sunday, June 2, 2021.

Blooming In The Garden

I get excited when these beautiful gifts begin to bloom in our garden beds. They ensure nearby plants have plenty of pollinators–bees and butterflies. Soon they will look like this:

Oh Banana!

There is always something to learn. Right? Recently I read “banana peels are good for gardens because they contain 42 percent potassium (abbreviated to its scientific name K), one of the three major components of fertilizer along with nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) and shown on fertilizer labels as NPK. In fact, banana peels have…

Picnic-Perfect Lemon-Tahini Slaw

I had two favorite cookbooks out on the kitchen table opened to recipes for coleslaw: The Taste of Summer and Earth To Table Every Day. Susan saw them and asked what I was looking for. I told here and a few minutes later she came back into the kitchen and gave me a copy of…

Crispy Bean Cakes With Harissa, Lemon and Herbs

OH MY! I have wanted to make bean cakes for a long time. I finally did a few nights ago. So delicious! I found the recipe on The New York Times Cooking page. A recipe developed by Yewande Komolafe. Quoting The New York Times: “This recipe embraces any beans you’ve got in your pantry. Canned…

Getting My Garden Ready

Here in Western Massachusetts, we are told by those in the know (How they know, I do not know.) to wait until Memorial Day to plant your garden. I rototilled my garden on Monday, May 17th and planted it on Wednesday, May 19th. I guess I have always been a rule-breaker. The garden late last…

Crostini

On Friday, I worked all day getting my garden ready for planting. I was tired and sore by the end of the day. Susan suggested we order out for Italian Food. We did. And we saved the bread that came with the dinner. The next day, Saturday, Susan suggested I make Crostini to enjoy as…

Black Pepper Shrimp

Quoting from The New York Times: “This dish, adapted from Lucy Carvalho, the cookbook author Nik Sharma’s grandmother, owes its fragrance and fiery bite to a generous amount of crushed black peppercorns in a velvety gravy. Like many other Indian home cooks, Ms. Carvalho, who lived in the coastal city of Mumbai, took the Indo-Chinese…

Italian Wedding Soup

With a twist. The sausage meatballs! I read about it on the editor of Bon Appetit’s Instagram page. It is uncomplicated and oh so delicious. Better the next day, too! Quoting Bon Appetit: “This recipe takes all the right shortcuts and none of the wrong ones. We doctor up sweet Italian sausage for the meatballs,…

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