How to Remove Tarnish & Wax from Silver

November 18, 2011
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Originally posted on Nov. 24, 2009 POLISHING SILVER SERVING PIECES and removing spilled wax from silver candlesticks is hardly my idea of a good time. Nevertheless, the holidays are here, company is due, and I want my tableware to sparkle. Here are a few tricks I use to make this mundane chore a little less…mundane:… Read more »

Tip: Keep Piperade in Your Freezer

September 11, 2011
Tip: Keep Piperade in Your Freezer

Piperade — an aromatic saute of bell peppers, onions, garlic and fresh herbs — is probably the most sensible thing I keep in my freezer. Why? Because it transforms everyday foods into something special — for practically no effort at all. I use handfuls of piperade to add color and flavor to omelets, pasta dishes,… Read more »

Tip: How to Find Free Mulch

March 28, 2011
Tip: How to Find Free Mulch

WHY PAY FOR MULCH IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO? You can probably get all you need for free, just as I do. Here’s how: Each winter, municipalities gather trees, twigs, and branches which have come down during snow and ice storms. They shred this material with powerful machinery, and leave it in giant heaps. Just… Read more »

Wood Ashes in the Garden

March 11, 2010
Wood Ashes in the Garden

YOU CAN FIND, in your fireplace, a valuable soil amendment. Wood ashes are rich in Potash, the very substance that raises the pH of soil, and therefore “sweetens” it. Sweet soil is the delight of lilacs; I swear my own shrubs flower so well in May because of regular wood-ash applications made beneath them in… Read more »

How to Remove Tarnish & Wax from Silver

November 24, 2009
How to Remove Tarnish & Wax from Silver

The random, domestic act of polishing silver serving-pieces and removing spilled wax from silver candlesticks is hardly my idea of a good time. Nevertheless, the holidays are here, company is due, and I want my tableware to sparkle. Here are a few tricks to make this mundane cleaning chore a little less…mundane: Silver-Plate. I use… Read more »

Tip: Houseplants Need Fresh Air, Too

April 21, 2009

Potted plants can’t step out for a breath of fresh air like we can, although they need it every day. A close, stagnant atmosphere will not promote good health nor bloom, and it can lead to all kinds of maladies — leaf-drop, yellowing foliage, spider mites and fungus diseases.On warm afternoons in April and May,… Read more »