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Philippe’s ratatouille reminds us of sojourning in the French-Swiss Borderland (Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path Sojourn).

Every summer, in France, my father-in-law Philippe (who owns and runs the Le Sauvage Hotel where we base our French-Swiss Borderland sojourns) makes us a Southern French dish called ratatouille. 359 more words



This pine nut & Tuscan kale tarte reminds us of sojourning in the French-Spanish Borderland (Best Kept Secrets sojourn).

Your favorite savory pie crust dough… 346 more words

French Food


Brandy Snaps with homemade sorbets remind us of sojourning in the French-Swiss Borderland (Especially the Best Kept Secrets and also the Off-the-Beaten-Path Sojourn).

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French Food

Keeping It Real

Gardening season, even extended one, has about come to an end around here. We have had a couple hard freezes already. All left in the ground is about 6 square feet of assorted salad greens, and our 2015 garlic crop which I planted a couple of weeks ago ( 456 more words

Vegetable Garden

Why Ducks?

A novice poultry keeper’s first year with Pekins

-Audrey Cosgrove

Some might ask, “Why keep ducks?” Several years back I read a news article about a woman in Hickory Hills, IL who kept two ducks in her backyard.  1,004 more words

Tips And Ideas

Garden Art

The Botanical Gardens in San Antonio is one of the most beautiful that I have ever walked through.  The theme right now is art using Legos. 33 more words

Here comes the sun

The hot weather has set in and we are still technically not even into summer yet. Although we are well into sprummer – the new word coined by Tim Entwisle, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, for southern Australia’s late spring / early summer season. 449 more words