food, history, Indigenous Peoples, Spanish, The Americas

7 Foods For Which I’m Grateful

What is your favorite holiday? In our family we have two: Día de los Muertos and Thanksgiving. For our annual fourth-Thursday-in-November celebration, we invite friends to share a meal. I cook the turkey, gravy, and quinoa stuffing (see recipe below). Our friends make creative, traditional and non-traditional sides; cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, humintas(corn dish), pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, […]

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food, Gardening, photography

Pumpkins that Pale to Those Past

Now this is a surprising box of pumpkins. I don’t believe I’ve seen many this shade. I’ve seen different textures before; a few are positively warty! Those make great jack-o-lanterns. On a quick search, I’ve found that the nickname of the white-colored gourds in the photo is “ghost” pumpkins and they can be used just […]

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food, Gardening, Nature, photography

Berry Good?

Harvest time has arrived in Madison. Berries for the birds and lovely fruits of the vine; a Cucurbita moschata for the humans. I picked our debut Butternut squash yesterday. This was our first year growing them and I wasn’t completely sure when it was ripe. I knew I wanted us to eat it, rather than […]

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food, Gardening, photography

FOTD: Garlic Scapes

We grow our own garlic. All of it is propagated from the volunteer plants we found in the garden fifteen years ago. I like garlic in soups, omelettes, all the savory dishes. I’ll even eat a raw clove to get rid of a cold. What a great immune booster it is! A friend told me […]

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