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About Making Scents

        “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived” Helen Keller   Aromas enchant us, molding images into the cerebral cortex which can be recalled at any moment with a familiar whiff.  With food, an attractive scent can trigger the desire… Continue reading About Making Scents

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness ~ John Keats

Every fall at harvest time, I write about the Michigan farmers markets which are bursting with colorful fruits and vegetables.  Throngs of people converge on the markets to join in the harvest bonanza. The vibrant orange, red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, pure green zucchini, bright yellow summer squash and deep green kales, collards and chards… Continue reading Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness ~ John Keats

Topsoil Tales… …or Nourishment from the Ground up

Discovering life in earth… Growing up, I often noticed my father’s dog-eared copy of Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening laying about in handy locations with scraps of paper marking pages.  He was a devoted organic gardener who discovered the earth at the age of 30 and incorporated it into his life from then forward.  The… Continue reading Topsoil Tales… …or Nourishment from the Ground up

Locavores do it Fresher!

Throughout human history the best foods have been local.  Regions, cities, towns and villages would have their own specialties with differences in climate and soil creating subtleties in food, often sought after for the rare experience.    The current slow food movement embraced by chefs the world over, also recognizes these subtleties and strives to… Continue reading Locavores do it Fresher!

The New Victory Garden

Whether a small potted plant or a full landscaped terrain, gardens are a wonderful way to be connected with earth cycles and the life that springs from it.  In numerous studies, plants have been found to be aware of people, emotions and their intentions. Our leafy friends react accordingly, like mimosas which curl leaves when… Continue reading The New Victory Garden