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December Transformation: Ghosts of CDs, Ghosts of Traditional Family Christmas

My mother will turn 85 on New Year’s Day 2015. She has begun announcing that this is our last traditional Christmas celebration, complete with tree, wrapped presents, homemade festive meal, assorted guests and family members, cookie-baking marathon, cut boughs of holly, etc. 721 more words

Treasure In the Woods: Foraging for Wild Porcini

The long-awaited winter storms have arrived at last to Northern California and have dumped an estimated nine inches of much-needed rain on our drought-ridden hills. In addition to filling depleted reservoirs and turning the landscape a verdant green, the wet weather has also produced a fruitful bloom of wild mushrooms in our coastal woodlands. 675 more words

Karen Pavone

Apple and Beet Salad

Hello, my little hedgehogs!

I’ve always hesitated about making salads for the vegetarian portion of this blog because it feels like a cop out.  The stigma of it being a stereotypical vegetarian dish doesn’t help much either.   332 more words


Last carciofi this season

Cooked simply by boiling covered in water with lemon and parsley, till tender. Eaten simply, dipped in extra virgin olive oil, a drop or two of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Lemon cordial bottled before morning tea

Yes, I am channelling @SallyWise (wonderful Tasmanian cook, writer and ABC radio presenter on the jams and preserves segment). I got out a few litres of frozen lemon juice – labelled June 14, from winter when lemons were overflowing. 56 more words

Seasonal Recipes

For The Chili Nights

I wanted to make a post about this because my dear friend asked me to write a post about my favourite holiday recipe.

I wouldn’t consider this a holiday recipe so much as a seasonal one, and I felt that it was noteworthy enough to share. 834 more words

Turkey Burgers (Made with turkey leftovers!)

This year our family tried out something new to do with turkey leftovers….Turkey Burgers!   I had my doubts about this, thinking they might be dry.  But, the results were delicious and we will make this a turkey leftover tradition for years to come. 184 more words