Purslane has more omega 3 than any other leafy green. Purslane is easy to find in the cracks of the sidewalk. Kay Young substitutes the purslane for lettuce in tacos or sandwiches. Bonus no chopping or wilting! The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. I vote for raw~the less work the better! I . . . → Read More: Purslane: You Find it in the Cracks, by Jill Kuhel
Wednesday eating from your yard tip~Onion chives are one of my top five favorite herbs! Both the flowers and the leaves have a sudtle onion flavor. My favorite way to eat chives are chopped up and heated with a quarter size of oil to flavor the oil before I throw in my eggs. The . . . → Read More: Eating Onion Chives from the Yard, by Jill Kuhel
Garrison Keillor has occasionally referenced the basement of a Lutheran church as well as a dinner entrée called a casserole (aka hotdish) during his successful, long-running radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. I was raised in a denomination, i.e., the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is similar to Lutheran (two sacraments: baptism and communion). . . . → Read More: Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson
My grandson loves cats, but he struggles to understand that you can’t tell a cat what to do. I have found catnip to be the same way.
Last summer my neighbor came by for some catnip for his cat, but the patch I had planted in the parkway, for people’s easy access, was . . . → Read More: Catnip (Nepeta cataria) From Hangmen to Love Potions, by Jill Kuhel
This is my new favorite video. This house should be made into a national historic place. I’m a little surprised there hasn’t already been a reality show…
Dave the dog, at least partly, may have been named after East Portland Davey
Dave the dog refused to eat until the broom was moved away from the food dish. He fears brooms and doesn’t understand them. He’s been known to bark loudly at them and bite them. Once the broom was moved, he . . . → Read More: Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe
Tuesday eating from your yard tip~we are entering the cucumber glut season. Of course there are cucumber sandwiches and pickles. My two favorite are blended to a pulp and added to limeade with vodka optional or slices mixed into yogurt, mint, cumin, onions (or substitute mint and chopped green chili peppers). How about peeled . . . → Read More: Get Creative, Get Messy and Eat Up the Cucumbers! by Jill Kuhel
Different from similar victuals served elsewhere in the world, Chicago style pizza is more of a gourmet casserole to be enjoyed slowly, sitting down with friends, than it is like New York pizza, which is a convenience food, a slice to be eaten on the run. I’ve been away from Chicago for 25 years . . . → Read More: People Try Chicago Deep Dish Pizza For The First Time
The garlic scapes are curling, giving us an early teaser taste of garlic before the garlic bulbs are ready. Visiting my cousin at the top of Wisconsin, a farmer’s market vender had made an amazing garlic scape pesto by just blending the garlic scapes with a little olive oil, cheese and nuts. Creating . . . → Read More: Garlic Scapes – Jill Kuhel
If you have any open dirt odds are good you have lambs quarter. This is one I was slow to buy into, but I am a convert! I have added it to my breakfast egg bake and mixed it with pork in wontons. Pick the young leaves and use it anyway you would . . . → Read More: Lambs Quarters, by Jill Kuhel
What to do with the lovely pink onion chive flowers? Eat them now before they self seed all over your garden. Pop them from the base, see photos below. Add them to cream cheese for a purple flecked oniony dip or add to the sour cream for your baked potato or add them to . . . → Read More: Pink Onion Chive Flowers, by Jill Kuhel
By a great piece of luck a lovely women related to my distant cousin by marriage moved in two doors down from my dad in the nursing home. We have the best talks. I wish I had met her before she was turning 90 in what she calls the waiting room to heaven. I . . . → Read More: Partly Sage, Strawberries and Time, by Jill Kuhel
Jill’s indoor gardening tip #1 – To protect your large plants from becoming a kitty liter box, take a cheap plastic saucer and cut a slit to the middle then a circle in the middle for the plant.
Jill’s indoor gardening tip #2 – Fruit fly death trap. Sweet white wine drinkers tend to . . . → Read More: Indoor Gardening Tips, by Jill Kuhel
Should you brine your turkey if it’s been injected with a solution? No. Most turkeys in the grocery stores are injected now. This is something cooking shows rarely mention when they talk about brining. The only place I’ve seen it mentioned is the Amazing Ribs website: “Meat that is labeled ‘enhanced’ or ‘flavor enhanced’ . . . → Read More: Don’t Brine Your Turkey If It Has Been Injected, by Randy Rendfeld
“As a novelist, I don’t judge the marriage traditions of another society. My responsibility is to accurately depict my characters’ reality and their reactions to it. But examining customs in another time teaches us that the definition of marriage–who is eligible, who gets to decide, why one gets married–has indeed changed.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kim . . . → Read More: Traditional Marriage: Eighth Century Frankish Style
By RANDY RENDFELD
I love spicy hot food, but I’m not a masochist. Peppers should add flavor and not just heat. But that’s apparently not the culinary criteria for 510 reviewers of Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce on Amazon.com. These reviewers like the near-death experiences this nuclear hell sauce delivers. As I . . . → Read More: Dave’s hell sauce delivers psychedelic trips, gastric turbulence
Microfiction by Knute Rimkus
They lived in a white microhouse. It was a shoebox, for baby shoes, in the Varane neighborhood. Their neighbors lived in shoeboxes too. This misery did not love company.
They ate dinner quickly. She thought the steak was too red and only ate half. She drank water. Murdoch drank a . . . → Read More: The Short, Happy Life of Francis McFly
Biltmore Front View
If you like HGTV or just can’t get enough of seeing how other people live, the Biltmore Estate is an essential place to include in your lifetime travels. Completed in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II near Asheville NC, it has 250 rooms and 178,926 square feet of floor space. It . . . → Read More: The Biggest House in America, by Chuck Strom
Low on honeymoon budget? Check out these inexpensive honeymoon ideas and get that much-awaited romantic week off with your spouse.
After spending a fortune for your wedding, it’s hard to imagine that you need to spend again for your honeymoon. But after the long and tireless wedding preparation, you and your spouse need to . . . → Read More: 6 Inexpensive Honeymoon Ideas You Must Consider