My Secret to Gardening Success: Benign Neglect

There’s a perfectly shaped bright orange pumpkin in my garden. Two, in fact, one a bit bigger than the other. Both are flourishing. How? Beats me. Every fall, I buy an assortment of decorative winter squashes, which I arrange all over our home. I love fall colors, and bringing in nature is one of my… Continue reading My Secret to Gardening Success: Benign Neglect

Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

When my sister-in-laws and I took a road trip to central Texas’ famous Canton Trade Days, we each went armed with a wish list of treasures. One of my first purchases was a huge score: a deviled egg tray, that retro symbol of “Mad Men”-era cocktail parties. When I was a kid, my mom always… Continue reading Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

Sweet Potato Vines Do Double Duty as Decoration and Dinner

When my husband is on his own for any length of time, veggies fall off his plate. While I was traveling last week, he texted me a photo of the dinner he’d prepared—a giant steak. “That’s beautiful,” I typed back, “but where are the veggies?” His reply: “MUSHROOMS, LEAH, MUSHROOMS!” (Cap locks all his.) No… Continue reading Sweet Potato Vines Do Double Duty as Decoration and Dinner

Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

I should’ve been packing for West Texas but there was this small matter of dinner. So I whipped up another batch of the absolute best pasta dish ever, with the idea that I was saving time by also making lunch for the long drive to Davis Mountain Fitness and Training Camp. I’d break up the day… Continue reading Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

No one has ever come to blows at my sister in law’s annual Plant Party but a cactus has been licked. For more than 20 years now, Suzan has hosted an annual gardening get-together. In the spring, she creates a plant-friendly environment at her home for a morning of laughing, swapping, and brunching with friends.… Continue reading Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)

People LOVE to tell me what to do with my vegetables. At the end of every season, when I’ve opened my Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) box and found yet another bunch of fill-in-the-blank-I’m-sick-of-this-vegetable, I turn to Facebook with a plaintive post, like this one: Invariably, my friends come through with a slew of really tasty… Continue reading CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)