Sumac Lemonade

Early yesterday morning I heard the cold winds of a front rustling the branches of the naked cherry trees and making acorns rattle down on the roof from the oaks that grow all around and over us.  I lay awake for a while, listening to the strange thumps and rumbling of paws outside. From far…

Wild Muscadine Meringue Pie

Suddenly everything seems to have changed.  New flowers are blooming bright yellow in the weedy ways, Bidens and Sida, partridge pea and golden rod.   Ripe poke and beauty berries bend the slender branches waiting for the birds.   The golden and gossamer webs of the orb weavers stretch high up between the trees, and the weavers…

Spiderwort Soda, A Magical Elixir

I have always been enchanted with the herb Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohioensis I think is the Latin).  The thin, succulent leaves,  like grass leaves,  poke out at a pixie-like angle,  and the luminous blue three-petaled flowers, each petal delicate like a fairy’s wing, whose color delights the eye and changes even as you stare, shifting between blue…

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie

I was lugging a wheelbarrow full of hay and manure into the garden when the weather changed.  The air was warm and still, and seemed to hang like a muggy curtain around the pea trellis and rows of young cabbages, lettuce, and broccoli as i trundled clumsily along the narrow path. A sound almost like…

Roselle Soda

The garden is behind.  With Ethan out of town it has been hard to get things going when i had wanted to,  but I’m not too worried.  Those fall greens grow so quickly,  and the roselle is in its fall glory,  laden with deep red pods waiting to be picked. This,  I know from experience,…

End-of-Season Sriracha (With A Twist!)

  At the end of the season here, the only things still hanging on in the garden are cassava, roselle, sweet potatoes, and hot peppers.  This year even the hot peppers are flagging – they really haven’t appreciated all the rain this summer.  No matter, last year the hot peppers were in rare form, and…