The most interesting plants in the Herb Garden right now are the Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) and the ‘Italian White’ Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

The Left Bank is what I call the part of our garden that sits west of the driveway. It consists of 4 parts: 1) The Lamppost Bed in the parkway; 2) the Crabapple Bed under the dripline (more or less) of the… Read More

Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Day After Thanksgiving! This day is just as enjoyable as Thanksgiving, a day for cozy relaxation, digesting, reading, and grazing on leftovers.

Kanazawa’s Omicho Market

Visiting Omicho Market was definitely one of the highlights of Kanazawa. The market is a warren of narrow covered alleys lined with up to 200 stores. Judy and I love markets generally, and this is a good one. We went there every… Read More

Happy Day After Thanksgiving

It was a small gathering, just Judy and I and the boys, plus Danny’s girlfriend Beckee for part of the day.

Random Japanese Food Oddities

Let’s do one more post about Japanese food, ok?

What to Eat in Japan if You Don’t Like Sushi

Actually, in Japan I discovered that I do like sushi. Living in Chicago, a place where “fresh fish” often means “thawed fish”, I have stayed away from sushi throughout my adult life. However, towards the end of our trip Judy’s clients took… Read More

Lentil Stew with Butternut Squash

I haven’t done a food post in a really long time, so I thought I would write about one of Judy’s new favorite recipes. “New” being a relative concept – actually she’s been making this regularly for the last couple of months…. Read More

Montreal Miscellany

We flew back to Chicago from Montreal on a Sunday, but we had a few hours to enjoy the city before heading to the airport.

Bees Love Borage

In the Herb/Cutting Bed, we’re growing Borage (Borago officinalis) for the first time. I decided to give it a try for the little blue flowers (I love blue flowers), but also because I’ve heard that it’s a great plant for bees. This… Read More