Most of us have owned one of these ice cream makers at one point or another. In fact, it’s possible that we’ve all owned the same ice cream maker, since no one ever seems to use it more than a few times before unloading it for a few bucks at a garage sale. Which is a shame, because they’re […]
When I was ten or eleven, I read an article on the crisis in French cuisine. It began with a description of a dessert being prepared at a high-end Parisian restaurant. Fresh tomatoes were hollowed out, stuffed with a mixture of lemon and orange zest, chopped nuts, and spices, then braised in vanilla-infused caramel for […]
I dig up a lot of weird stuff in the garden. Mutant carrots. Beetles that look like ants the size of your toe. Concrete footings for a long-gone fence. And these strange clusters of red nodules. So… it’s time to play another round of The Garden Guessing Game. Can you guess what this stuff is?
Tender, juicy lamb is almost synonymous with spring, thanks to a combination of religious symbolism, shepherding ancestors, and heavy marketing by the world’s sheep industry associations. Pound for pound, though, typical supermarket lamb is one of the most environmentally destructive meats, unless you actually happen to live in a shepherding community. Local, pasture-raised lamb is better, but the lambs born […]
The conversation went something like this: Me: “So… if there was something that might make you never eat cheese again, would you want to know about it, or would you rather remain blissfully ignorant?” Husband, without a pause: “Blissfully ignorant.” Those of you who feel the same might want to stop reading right here. For […]
In honor of Pollinator Week, I’d like to introduce a regular guest of my garden. Meet Agapostemon texanus*, also known as the “Metallic Green Bee,” also known as the “Ultra-Green Sweat Bee.” I swear I’m not making that up. *I’m not 100% certain about the species; there are a number of Agapostemon cousins, and the distinguishing […]