I must confess. I love pickles. I used to hate them, and it was an irrational hate because I hadn’t even given them a fair chance by trying them. On the other hand I love cucumbers, always have. I eat them, and I hungrily gaze at them as they lounge on their vines, and cucumbers, […]

Our Melon Patch

Orangello watermelon (orange, tropical flavored flesh, very aromatic) and musk melon: Jenny Lind, a very old heirloom melon from the 1840s, named after a famous Swedish singer and shaped like little turbans: A Schoon’s Hardshell, a New York heirloom melon that has a spicy and unique flavor: And finally, the Crenshaw melons:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate+peanut butter=sMOOth! To make: 3 bananas 2 serving spoons of All Natural creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla milk – enough to make 5 cups 10 ice cubes Peel and cut bananas into blender. Spoon in peanut butter. Add the cocoa, sugar, vanilla, milk and 5 ice cubes. […]

Sauteed Zucchini

Our garden is overflowing with zucchini plants. See, we planted 2 from seed and then later on more little zucchinis sprouted, and we realized – oh, that’s where we spread the compost. So we have “recycled” zucchinis. And it’s getting to be quite the jungle out there. The biggest fruits I feed to my bovines, […]

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

For not having any flour, these cookies sure turned out deliciously amazing – although I must admit I was skeptical the first time I whipped ’em up. No flour? Hmmm… But my skepticism vanished as I removed cookie after tempting cookie off the hot baking sheet. Two, or perhaps three, of these cookies with a big glass of cold milk can […]

Learn the Dance

Scything is as much an art as it is technique – and yesterday I had  the neatest experience when I went to scythe my neighbor’s field. Usually no one is there, but yesterday the city folks were up. Just a group of four old folks sitting around on the back porch, talking, enjoying the cool […]

The Old Man’s Gift

Recently I came across this poem and just had to post it. Written by Faye Vido, it is dedicated to the memory of Lambert Schoiswohl – a retired scythe-smith from Austria – and to other old men with “gifts” in their hands. Reading it one can feel the power and beauty resonating behind the words. […]