What A Difference A Year Makes

What A Difference A Year Makes in our lives. It is most notable when we look back at photographs taken at the same period each year as we record our daily experiences. What we don’t seem to notice on a daily basis appears to jump out at us when looking back at previous years. Children […]

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Spring is here…Let’s Start Gardening

Every season in New England is wonderful but at the end of a very snowy winter, I can’t help but look forward to the warmth of spring, the first flower blossoms opening, and starting seeds for my vegetable garden. Spring is here…let’s start our gardening. Before I start the new planting season, I enjoy looking […]

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Caprese Salad

What better way to end the season than with a dish that is the essence of an Italian summer garden…tomatoes and basil.  Each summer one of my favorite antipasto dishes is  a caprese salad of sliced vine ripe tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil that is drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with […]

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat

You hear the saying “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” often in relation to sports but this year the saying can also apply to my vegetable garden.  At the end of May, I planted heirloom tomato plants in my garden in Maine. I had started them from seed and grew them in […]

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A Spectacular Sandwich

Is there anything better than a sandwich with a thick slice of tomato straight off the vine, I think not. Add applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and a smear of mayonnaise and you have a spectacular sandwich. At least that is what my husband kept saying as juice from the tomato was dripping on to […]

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Spaghetti Alla Portofino

Summer time and the living is easy. We try to spend as much time outdoors enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and the cooling waters of a pool, lake or the ocean.  Meals tend to be simple, often made with a bounty fresh produce from the garden. The fresh produce may be from your own garden […]

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A Rolling Green House

A rolling green house was needed as the big day finally arrived! The last frost date had passed at our summer cottage in Maine. The heirloom tomatoes that I started from seed in March had grown big and strong. Now the time had come for the plants to leave the comfort of their heated and well […]

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Growing By Leaps And Bounds

It is fascinating to plant a tiny seed and watch it grow. I know what you are thinking…she must be some kind of a nut if she thinks watching plants grow is interesting. But if you look at the photos, I think you might agree. My seedlings are growing by leaps and bounds. If nothing […]

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Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

The heirloom tomato seeds that I planted three weeks ago germinated in less than a week. If you read my earlier post about spring, then you saw how I planted them in a seed flat. I took them from the potting shed and placed them in my bathtub to germinate. The sunny bathtub worked wonderfully. […]

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The Flavors of Provence, France

When I think of spring, I often think of trips taken to Europe. It is such a lovely time of the year to visit. The weather is still a little cool, the countryside is green and the flowers are all in bloom.  A favorite destination of mine to visit during spring is Provence, one of […]

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