It’s not “if”, but “when”.

Let me start by saying everyone is okay.  Thank God.  Every parent will know that dread when their kids get their driver’s license that someday they may get that phone call filled with the shaken voice.  The one that says, “Mom, I’m so sorry, but I’ve had an accident.”

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Turkey “Shepherd’s Pie”

20171126_204154Turkeys are some pretty big birds.  Roast one, and you’ve got yourself enough turkey to last until you start gobbling.  Or maybe crying.  Yep, probably crying.  Don’t despair, help is here in the form of a modern twist on an old recipe.

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Farro Wheat Cereal

20171118_110454Breakfast in Greece can be a very rustic meal wih cheese pies, olives and feta, and crusty bread with honey or marmalade, to fare more familiar to the American palette like scrambled eggs and omelets.  Whatever it is, it will be tasty and reflective of what is available from the local area.  This includes a variety of grains that can be cooked up and served as a wholesome hot cereal.

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Black Friday

20171124_192626Over the river and through the woods to grandfather’s house, we go.  Actually it was grandfather’s cabin in the nearby foothills on a parcel of land the Old Man’s parents purchased several decades ago.  The family built the rough cabin by hand and visited on occasion when the Old Man and his siblings were growing up.

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Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes & Onions

20210918124043_IMG_7302One of the few good things about living in a place with ridiculously hot summers is that the growing season for summer vegetables lasts a good, long time.  The latest I ever pulled eggplant from the garden or tomatoes off the vine was a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  The plants may not be in full production mode this late in the year, but there’s still enough to do something with. Continue reading Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes & Onions

Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum var.)

20171027_084830Purple pesto, anyone?  Deep purple color, sprays of pink flowers, amazing basil taste.  It’s kind of nice when nature wraps up all the best features into a single plant.  This basil makes a stunning addition to any salad and turned my basil jelly a lovely garnet hue.

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The Paved Path

20171110_110118I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go.  In fact, I didn’t even make up my mind until that morning and I was still convincing myself as I was telling the Old Man we needed to get ready.

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Feast Days in the Orthodox Church

In the Eastern Orthodox faith, days that commemorate a particular saint, holy event, or the angels are called feast days.  Is it called a feast day because there is a feast?  No.  Can food be part of the equation?  Yes.

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“Poached” Eggs

20171106_20kl;wesxdSo here’s an idea: take an already bland-ish food and cook it by submersing it in plain hot water.  Did I miss something here?  I love eggs, but really, they need some help in the seasoning department.

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Gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri)

20171105_204727Gaura also goes by bee blossom, wand flower, and whirling butterflies, and if you see it growing you totally understand where these fanciful names come from.  Dainty pink flowers dance on long sprays of thin stems that shoot up from the ground.  The flowers start in early spring and continue on until winter comes.

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