By Susan Reda
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    An Evergreen Tradition: Homemade Wreaths

    December 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Winter wreaths are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. I have had my favorites throughout the years, including a living wreath consisting of ivy “planted” into a 24-inch moss-filled ring form. That beloved wreath, circa 1992, which I made with instructions and encouragement from a friend, […]

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    Crisp, Spicy and Buttery Hors d’Oeuvres

    November 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Everyone is familiar with the smallish bright red radishes. Leave it to Alex and Betsy Hitt, owners/farmers of Peregrine Farm and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, to introduce us to these oversized beauties. Alex describes the Watermelon radish as sweet and colorful and the Black Spanish radish as crisp, with a spicy white flesh. […]

  • Autumn in the Southern Part of Heaven

    November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Autumn in the Southern Part of Heaven offers breath-taking sunsets and glorious colors of foliage.  Nature has replicated the same hues in fall produce!  Head to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market to select a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes to create a seasonal display for your home, or to gift to a friend.    Coming […]

  • Baby Ginger

    September 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Baby Ginger, gorgeous, exotic and delicious! Thanks to Alex and Betsy Hitt, farmers/ owners of Peregrine Farm and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, you can stock up on this versatile root with its pale thin skin and mild, though distinctive sweet peppery flavor.   This will definitely be my new culinary love, as Betsy says […]

  • Last Call for Summer Salad

    August 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    As much as I anticipate the autumnal colors, chilly weather and seasonal produce, I will sorely miss the fruits of summer.  In celebration of the upcoming Blue Moon and Labor Day, I put together this simple though tasty tribute to watermelon, sun golds and garden herbs.  Cucumbers could be added and to suit your palate, […]

  • That Unmistakable Sweet Flavor

    July 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    For me, the taste of summer is the unmistakable, sweet flavor of sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh from the farmers’ market or the garden of a generous friend.  Growing up, my father always had a backyard plot for his treasured tomato plants that yielded varieties such as beefsteak and better boy.  Throughout the summer, my most important […]

  • Bill Smith's Green Peach Salad

    July 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Who can resist a mid-summer peach?  This “Persian Apple” varies in color and taste, possesses velvety skin the colors of breath-taking sunsets, and offers up intensely fragrant fruit that yields to the slightest touch, when ripe.  Though what to do with those not quite ripe peaches?  Crook’s Corner’s Executive Chef, Bill Smith, offers the perfect […]

  • Palatable Palette

    July 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Ever really need to be in the company of a dear friend, but, through a combination of lack of time and inspiration to put together an offering of worthy nibbles and libation, it seems out of reach?  Well, I found myself in that predicament last week.  If you have read my blog before, you are […]

  • Fire in the Triangle

    June 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    There is indeed a Fire in the Triangle that was ignited on June 11 and its blaze will be burning until July 31!  Not to worry, there are no actual flames that the fire department needs to extinguish, though the fire fighters are certainly involved.   The kindling that sparked Fire in the Triangle was […]

  • Farm To Fork 2012

    May 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I am just over the moon about this upcoming event and wanted to share information with followers.  Next Sunday, May 20,  from 4 – 7 pm there will be what Bon Appetit magazine has dubbed the “Best All You Can Eat Feast in the Country” and it is being held right here practically under […]