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Shrub Tasting

No, I wasn't out chomping on landscape. Instead, I tried The Burning Bushes Shrub, one of the drinking vinegars, from Glacier's End. I purchased some earlier in the season from them at The Marion Farmer's Market. I had tried earlier in the year to get some at the Winter Farmer's Market (Carbondale Community Farmer's Market) … Continue reading Shrub Tasting

Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

It's the year 2035, and you have been asked to write a chapter on the pandemic of 2020 in a history text book to discuss its impact on Southern Illinois. (By 2035, Southern Illinois is NOT referred to as "flyover country. " It becomes a highly sought after cultural, culinary, and natural destination... ) What … Continue reading Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Did you know that a good way to stretch ingredients is to make them into a topping for something like smashed potatoes, baked potatoes, salad, pizza, or even nachos? If you haven't noticed, meat has been more scarce and pricey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. When all the shelter in place directives first came down, … Continue reading Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

A “Berry” Tasty Road Trip

Mija and I took a short road trip this afternoon in hope of scoring fresh strawberries. (For the "Last Man Standing" fans, we wanted actual ripe strawberries--not the incandescent light bulbs that Baxter and Larabee bought in the back alley of a hardware store...) So, we headed down Route 51 south of Carbondale to Flamm … Continue reading A “Berry” Tasty Road Trip

Watch “A Walk Through the Carterville Lioness Club’s 8th Annual Military Salute, Cannon Park, 2016” on YouTube

This video is from 2016. Unfortunately, the Carterville Lioness Club had to cancel this year's Military Salute due to COVID-19. Hopefully, it will return next year. Walking through those beautiful flags, each in honor or memory of someone who has served, is a sobering experience... https://youtu.be/v4f86Bw0qRM

Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

During my trip to the Marion Farmer's Market this morning, I looked at all of the pretty succulents at The Potager Garden's booth. I noticed that some had some pink on them. Recently, there have been photos circulating on social media of gorgeous pink succulents. Friends and I have been trying to locate some. Searches … Continue reading Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

Local Home Shopping is Here!

Most of us are familiar with the home shopping channels on TV. I'll even admit to shopping and using them from time to time. Let's face it, they do have some good things. Many years ago, after I was in a car wreck, and getting around was painful, they were very helpful to me. Fortunately, … Continue reading Local Home Shopping is Here!

Horchata, Anyone?

Horchata… I originally published this post almost a decade ago (2011) on my culinary stewardship blog. No, it isn't cold here in Southern Illinois as it was when I originally posted, but it is almost Cinco de Mayo.While most of us are familiar with horchata made with rice in The Americas, other parts of the … Continue reading Horchata, Anyone?

Chase Helicopters in the Wind. Pick Bananas in the Sun

As kids, my brother and I were fortunate to grow up on a farmette. Seeing the maple seeds fly off the trees and into the wind this week has brought back fond memories of creative play in the country.  Spring and summer outdoor play as a little kid in Southern Illinois was very special. Those … Continue reading Chase Helicopters in the Wind. Pick Bananas in the Sun

And the Morel Is…

Yes, I mean the mushroom--not the lesson of a story. Those elusive delicacies have been popping up across the wooded areas of Southern Illinois for a few weeks now. The southern tip of the state has likely hit its peak of the season or is a bit past it at this point as warmer days … Continue reading And the Morel Is…