Chocolate Pots De Crème (GF)

February 9, 2015
071This week, because Saturday is Valentine's Day, and because we can not possibly celebrate Cupid's arrow without something rich and wonderful, I whipped up some rich and wonderful Chocolate Pots de Crème! Read more »

Cannellini and Ham Soup

February 5, 2015
016I made this glorious soup the other day, and it warmed every sinew of my winter-weary soul. It's garlicky, smokey, and herbal. It's also easy to make -- a soup pot is the only special equipment you'll need! Read more »

My Best Chicken Stock

February 2, 2015
037We're in the midst of a ferocious blizzard here. With more than 12 inches of snow on the ground, I'm officially house-bound. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep me from making my favorite chicken stock! Read more »

Icy Blue Mixer Giveaway/Winner Announced

January 31, 2015
icy blue mixer giveawayfeaturedimageAnd the winner, as selected by, is comment #1161 from Sue B. Congratulations, Sue! To collect your mixer, just send me a note. Read more »

Your 2015 Winter-Sowing Project

January 28, 2015
036How's your winter-sowing coming along? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the half dozen miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with links to articles that explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

Ginger Tea

January 27, 2015
127After reading about the myriad health benefits of ginger tea, I decided to drink two cups of it every day. Now, three weeks and 42 cups later, I'm still here to tell the tale! What the tea is claimed to do, and how I brew it: Read more »

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

January 24, 2015
029My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »