A Change Of Season

Winds of change have been blowing white cottony clouds low across the blue sky all week.  Hurricanes are brewing in the ocean far away. The old hens are looking molty and tattered, and one by one the huge orb weaver spiders that wove golden webs around the kitchen eaves are disappearing.    In the dry afternoons…

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are easily the most delicious part of a pumpkin.  It took  me awhile to realize that it was well worth the trouble of separating the seeds from the stringy pulp. Before that, I gave the seeds to the pigs or goats, who were very happy to eat them.  This is also…

Southern Fried Okra (and Luffa Gourd)

Okra is a favorite vegetable around here, so I always try to grow it every summer. It’s not difficult to grow, but I find it to be the ninja of gardening.  Everyone says okra is easy to grow, and I would agree, but no one mentions what a pain it is to harvest! If I…

Slovenian Poppy seed Easter Bread

  We will be doing our usual egg painting and dyeing this weekend, but I wanted to share this bread tradition from my family.  This bread was a special treat from my childhood.  If we were visiting my grandmother, it was always out in pretty swirly slices after mealtimes, and I would often grab some to…