Category Archives: Food and Cooking

Afternoon Tea for Beginners

Recently, some folks in the Facebook Wisteria Tearoom Group were talking about hosting tea for their friends, and I realized from their conversation that many members of the group had never done that. This came as a complete shock to … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Boiling Moon

The Moon of Boiling or the Sugar Moon, the time in March when the Native Americans made maple sugar, has come early this year. After a warmer, drier January than usual, we got as much snow in one week earlier … Continue reading

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The Teahouse, Santa Fe

I am often asked where one may take afternoon tea in Santa Fe. Alas, the Wisteria Tearoom is fictional, and at this time there is no place in Santa Fe serving a traditional British afternoon tea. There is, however, The … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Spiced Nuts

by Brenda W. Clough ┬áThis recipe was given to me by a coworker at my office. She brings these nuts to all office functions and potlucks, and takes care to bring xeroxes of the recipe with her, because the cry … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Pan bagna, or egg and anchovy sandwich

I’ve been rereading Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels obsessively, as I reread everything on my keeper shelf, and just came across his mention of egg and anchovy sandwiches. Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Why I Do Not Make Fancy Cookies

[Note: This is a re-post from last year for your edification and amusement. Merry baking!] Don’t you just love those magazine covers? You know, the Christmas issues with the plates of gorgeously decorated sugar cookies that promise “simple, heart-felt gifts … Continue reading

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Dipping into the Grimoire: Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries still on the bush

The hero of my fantasy series Night Calls is Alfreda Sorensson, a young practitioner on her way to being a full blown wizard. It’s the season for her elderberry cordial, so I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Making Cider

The chickadees are giving me hell. “Oh, shush,” I tell them, intent on maneuvering the fruit picker closer to the glossy apples that are tantalizing me from the top branches twenty feet above my head. “There will be plenty left … Continue reading

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Tea at the Silver Spoon

Whenever I travel, I like to take afternoon tea in a new place if the opportunity presents. Last summer I was in Spokane, Washington, and had the pleasure of visiting The Silver Spoon Tea House, a charming establishment in an … Continue reading

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State of the Farm, September 2016

It’s September, now. The drought continues. Remember when I said the larger plants– the trees, grapes, etc.– seem to be weathering it okay so far? Well, “so far” isn’t so far anymore.

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