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Archive for 'Food'

Sprung has Spring!

I’m not sure whether the fact we still have isolated patches of snow is a testament to the amount of snow we received, the fact that we have a lot of shade in our yard, or both. In any case the danger of snow appears to have passed and it’s time to start gardening. Last […]

Garden Harvest

We’ve been very pleased with the garden this year.  It has kept us in plenty of salad greens.  We are getting a handful of red bell peppers and tomatoes each week. We are on track to have plenty of red chili peppers to dry and use this winter – in fact the pepper plants “fell […]

Update on growing things

The garden has been growing and we have our first harvest!  Radishes seem to be the gardening equivalent to instant gratification.  Here are two of the 6 we’ve had so far – these were sliced and quick-pickled as July 4 snack. Here is the bed with radishes in the top left, parsnips are in the […]

Pool and Garden

Two activities that have kept us busy are taking care of the pool and planting the garden.  Back at the start of May, when we pulled back the cover and took a peek at the pool, it was pretty green.  Luckily Brian had scheduled “Pool School” at the advice of friends in Pelham.  Between their […]

Raised Beds

Both Susan and I grew up with fond memories of home gardens. In Newburyport we had a small back yard with two small 3′ by 6′ patches of soil which we grew food in a few years we lived there. They were less of a garden and more of a patch of dirt we were […]

Montreal Getaway

For several years we’ve talked about heading to Canada for a weekend getaway. We’ve mostly discussed taking a ferry over to Nova Scotia or heading to Quebec City which we’ve heard is full of old world charm. Now that our friend Dan is making regular trips to Montreal we decided to tag along and do […]

Thanksgiving 2010

The Dunn family invited us to join them for Thanksgiving this year. We brought our now standard Pumpkin Roll, which you can see in the photo below of Nolan with the whipped cream. This one is Brian’s request, a tradition from his Aunt Sally, that was made with the farm share pumpkin this year. We […]

Sedona and Oak Creek 10/16/2010

We landed in Phoenix at 10am local time, meaning we had almost a full day ahead of us to enjoy Sedona and Oak Creek. Hertz surprised us with a red mustang convertible – perfect for an Arizona vacation! We loaded up our gear and were on our way north. The Penrose B&B turned out to […]

Grape Harvest

After driving past the Alfalfa Farm Winery for 9 years, I finally decided to check out what they are all about. It turned out to be perfect timing – this weekend they invited volunteers to come harvest the grapes! We first took netting off of the vines. It is the same type of netting my […]


It already felt like vacation when we met up with Dan at Logan for our direct JetBlue flight on Wednesday April 21. We exchanged tales of packing, looked at the weather forecast, and boarded the plane eagerly anticipating our immersion in good food, good music, hospitality and warm humid weather. After settling in at the […]