Into the woods

Into the woods

My daughter Molly goes into the woods as often as she can to forage for delicacies. On some lucky days, I get to tag along. This past weekend she introduced us all to the edible wonder of the Wisconsin Wood Violet. The violets played a starring role in a decadent dessert she made for us [...]

The gift of Molly

The gift of Molly

For Christmas this year, my daughter Molly gave me three quarts of homemade ice cream. I shared, of course, teeny, tiny little dishes for my Christmas Eve guests. "What flavor would you like?" I asked each one, and then scooped that precious ice cream with a little teaspoon and served it in the smallest glass [...]

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 1: What’s the buzz)

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 1: What’s the buzz)

I didn’t even know my friend Ann and her husband Pat kept bees until I saw her Facebook post announcing their hives’ triumphant return from a winter in California. I also didn’t know that people sent their honey bees to winter in warmer climes. Or, just how precisely a community of bees works to make [...]

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush

If you’re reading this from my post, then our daughter Molly has successfully foraged and then baked a delicious mulberry pie for her dad on Father’s Day. If you are reading this from another source, then please know we went out in a happy blaze of buttery crust and sugared berries. Either way, our house [...]