Dressed Up for Easter: Frangipane Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Dressed Up for Easter: Frangipane Strawberry Rhubarb Pie {12}

  Winter serves up some lean pie months, at least in the fresh fruit category. After exhausting my local supply of Meyer lemons for Shaker lemon pie, emptying my freezer of sliced peaches for my Deluxe peach pie, and hitting the bottom of apple barrel for my mainstay, Jeanette’s easy apple pie, I have to say I’m delighted to welcome back spring(…)

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Honey Harvest: Gifts of Gold and Wonder

Honey Harvest: Gifts of Gold and Wonder {16}

An Unexpected Honey Harvest Last Saturday, on a dreamy afternoon pulled from the canvas of a Maxfield Parrish painting, my friends Sam, Dom, Angie, Lucy and Isabel paid a visit. Fresh from their cheese-making class just down the road at neighbor Kelsey’s place, my intrepid and spirited adventurers joined me on the lawn and shared(…)

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Ever Eat a Maple Blossom?

Ever Eat a Maple Blossom? {8}

Maple Blossoms Fried, Frittered and Served When I was a kid, Euell Gibbons was a household name. Known by many as the Father of Modern Wild Foods, Mr. Gibbons rocketed to prominence after becoming a spokesman for Grape Nuts cereal. His most memorable line, “Have you ever eaten a pine tree?” stuck with me for years. And(…)

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Orchard Tip: When Ants Attack Fruit Trees

Orchard Tip: When Ants Attack Fruit Trees {20}

I’ve always kept a healthy distance from ants. The notion of strength in numbers is not lost on me. If the Lilliputians could secure one colossal Gulliver, I fear a robust colony of wee ants could serve up a napping Neanderthal like me quite handily given the chance. My wariness of ants came at an early(…)

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