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Basil, tomato, cheese toss

Fresh from the garden, cherry tomatoes with chopped basil, both picked and washed right before preparing and serving.  Add some chopped mozzarella or other soft cheese, toss in vinegar, lemon or lime and olive oil, salt and pepper, then add … Continue reading

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Peachy

Peachy We’ve always had peach trees with the exception of a few years, when the harsh winter had her say with a fit of strong wind and heavy snow breaking limbs.  The new young trees we planted raced to produce … Continue reading

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Wine, Vinegar or Juice Bottle storage

This week, I visited a darling bungalow built in the 40’s with hardwood floors, panel doors and old-fashioned windows.  As I looked around the house, the grape vines outside appeared in clear vision from the sparkling pane; leaves large, green … Continue reading

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Wild Plum Hunt

  I got an excited call from my Mom this week, telling me that she found some wild plum trees on a road infrequently traveled.  Of course, I ventured out the next day with a friend to confirm the fortunate … Continue reading

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What to do with the Pits?

The pits can be a warm solution to a tired neck, a cold solution for a bump on the head or responsible for that hint of fruit flavor in vinegar. Today I climbed a ladder to begin picking perfectly red … Continue reading

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Inside an Antiquarium

Drive over soft curvy hills, covered with green, gold, distant patterns, East on Highway 136 from Auburn, NE, just West of the Missouri River to find a small town populated with artists, intellectuals, philosophers, musicians, writers and poets.  Brownville, Nebraska … Continue reading

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The Rose Asset

Roses seem so formal, so proper, for many important occasions.  They are generally pricey at the shop but a universally meaningful gift.   The reason I love roses is for their fragrance and colorful blooms from spring to fall.  They … Continue reading

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Artichokes

For several years, my sisters and I had Artichoke cooking competitions during the holidays.  We stopped competing, primarily because once I perfected stuffed artichokes, I never wanted to cook them any other way. So for years thereafter, I brought the … Continue reading

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Shortbread

You almost always have the ingredients for Shortbread in your cabinet.  But… the pan… I finally ordered a short bread pan because I just love short bread with coffee, wine, fruit or just stag.    It’s less than a cake, … Continue reading

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Tulips

Distraction from my meditative walks. I’ve been walking in this park (Arbor Lodge) for years but rarely stop to smell the tulips, lilacs or roses.  But today, I smelt them, touched them and laid down with them; a definitive crazy … Continue reading

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Raid the Cabinets

It’s time to “Raid the Cabinets.”  That’s right.  Use what you have.  See whats it in those cabinets and create something beautiful, healthy and delicious!  I went to the cabinet searching for something… something….Hum.  A can of artichokes, some tuna, … Continue reading

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Women on Main

Women on Main In a small Nebraska river town there is a humming of women investing in small businesses.  First just a few, then a few more, until soon the hum will break out into full song.  The rhythm conducted … Continue reading

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Il Cibo e importante

Il cibo e importante…food is important, are the words tiled on the hand built stone and brick oven at the Lincoln Wine Bar in Mount Vernon, IA.   Stefano Ferrara would be proud of his oven exported from Naples, Italy … Continue reading

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Horse Encounter

The weather was amazingly beautiful on a late January afternoon, so I ventured out for a country walk.  Several miles down the rock road I noticed a beautiful horse staring at me from high up in an open field.  The … Continue reading

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Egg Noodles

You almost always have the ingredients for Egg Noodles. 2 1/2 cups of flour, pinch of salt, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter.  Mix dry stuff, add mixed liquids, knead, let rest for 10 minutes, roll … Continue reading

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Jar of Tea

You don’t need fancy stuff. Just an old jar, some tea leaves and berries or orange along with a good friend to share it with. Last week, I called a neighbor to stop over for a visit, but when I … Continue reading

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Walnuts

There are many methods for harvesting Walnuts.   I used the link below which differed a bit from Grandma’s (to my memory).  There is a lot of work in dealing with Walnuts but it is happy work, joyful actually, sitting … Continue reading

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Soap

When I was a child, Grandma’s laundry would smell so clean and fresh. I would help her on weekends wash clothes, run them through the old fashion ringer and hang them on the rusty old clothes line. Yes, the fresh … Continue reading

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Morel Mushroom Hunt

Morel Mushroom Hunting is the ultimate Spring activity for many. If you are a seasoned hunter, you know the best spots and you NEVER share the location with anyone….EVER. My brother says to look under the dead Elm trees. My … Continue reading

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