Articles for the Month of November 2011

In My Kitchen: Hot Drinks For Winter

Christmas carries with it many traditions of celebration and good cheer. One of the more colorful ones is the wassail bowl. Wassail is a hot spiced drink originally made with ale or wine used to toast friends and guests. Originally a Danish custom imported to England around the twelfth century by the Vikings, wassailing was

Seasoning Basics For the New Cook

If you someone who is a new cook in the kitchen, you’ve probably seen them struggling with the bare essentials of how to cook tasty food. It looked easy when Mother did it. But now the kitchen is like a hostile territory, full of pitfalls and strange tastes. Well, I can’t give your friend cooking lessons

Recycling Old Potpourri

The other day I was about to throw out some old potpourri which had nearly lost its original scent. Suddenly, I had an idea. Why not recycle this dry potpourri by turning it into a simmering potpourri? I placed the potpourri in a saucepan with enough water to cover it. When simmered over low heat, the

When a Freeze is Predicted

Sooner or later it happens every fall – the weatherman predicts an overnight drop in temperature below freezing. For most people this just signals the need for warmer clothes. For gardeners however, it can be a time of anxiety. We tend to push the envelope in growing warm climate plants that can’t handle prolonged freezes. But there is