Monthly Archives: April 2011

Best Pears?

They say winter is when pears are “in season.”  For the past couple or three years I have been noticing the best Bartlett pears available locally are from Argentina.  I know…eating local doesn’t include produce from another continent.  I don’t really … Continue reading

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“Tonic” Time

Sassafras tea, like ramps, are another “Spring Tonic”. My mother-in-law was a firm believer that one must make and drink Sassafras Tea every spring in order to cleanse and thin the blood. She would drink it each day until it … Continue reading

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Happy Spring!!

I think Spring has finally sprung! The weather has shown 80-degree temperatures one day and near frozen precipitation the next, that’s a sure sign of Spring in the West Virginia mountains, right? Anyway, with the arrival of Spring, many anticipate … Continue reading

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Another Ramp Recipe

This one was delicious and I would make it again… We did have to dig the ramps in the snow, which is really cold on your hands getting under those little roots… Enjoy! Seared Salmon with Linguine and Ramp Pesto Laurie … Continue reading

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Chili Sauce from Dried Chilis

After an inspiring visit with our friends Bob and Barbara in Queretaro, Mexico, Alain and I are back in Parsons and back to work.  LaFontaine Bakery delivered ciabatta and baguettes on Tuesday; and sourdough white, muesli bread, sourdough multigrain, whole wheat sunflower and ciabatta on Friday. In … Continue reading

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Woo-wee!! Do you smell that? Spring is here!

Ramps grow from South Carolina to Canada, and in many areas they’re considered a spring delicacy or “tonic” West Virginia is known for having ramp festivals and almost every little community has a ramp dinner as a fundraiser. The flavor … Continue reading

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Ramp Recipes??!!

As a request for ramp recipes came in, I found myself challenged. I am not a fan of ramps….at. all. My family eats them, but the ways that they have been prepared have been pretty much limited to fried with … Continue reading

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