The Ad-Libbers Guide to Soup

Soup has many admirable qualities – it’s nutritious, inexpensive, unpretentious, comforting, and very flexible. That last one – flexibility — is what I want to talk about today.  Some of…

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A Garden in Blue

When my mother died, back in 2005, I asked the young couple who bought her house if I could take a cutting from the beautiful blue hydrangea in her backyard…

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Lessons I learned in my garden.

In recent weeks I’ve had occasion to think seriously about the big issues of life, and found myself drawn more and more to my garden. Not only because it’s a…

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Summertime Meals with Herbs

For the past few months I’ve been doing classes and workshops on cooking with herbs, and the question I hear most often, usually expressed in plaintive tones, is this: “I…

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