Cool Stuff – G’s Favorite Things
“Herb Farm”

When I was at Tulipwood last week, I took a trip to Gilberties Herb Farm with Grandma Pellegrini. She had been talking about this place for many months. Since early winter. She and my great-aunt used to go regularly she told me, they would get up early while it was still cool enough to be inside the greenhouse, and they’d be back in time to open the store (they owned […]

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“Seven Herb Frittata”

I’m 34,000 feet in the sky again. I seem to be up here a lot. I’m hoping to have a lull again this summer before I embark on a whole new book that I’m about to write, which will require travel which means many more posts from up here. Did I tell you about the new book yet? I will, I have to push the first one out of the […]

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“Sweet Woodruff Wine”

I’m in New York this week, which was perhaps serendipitous since it’s May Day, and with it, came a lesson in sweet woodruff from Grandma Pellegrini. Sweet woodruff, is also known as Master of the Woods. It is a perennial, with small white flowers that bloom in May and June and star-like leaves in circles of six or eight. On May 1st, the Germans use Sweet Woodruff to make May […]

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“Earth Day Egglings”

Grandma P. and I had a recent exchange via Gmail, as we are prone to do. We like to talk about projects. And radio programs. She tells me what Arthur Schwartz and Joan Hamburg are up to in New York and I tell her what the latest title of my book is. She has much more to offer to the conversation usually, I go into a tunnel when I’m working […]

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“Brown Bread”

A while ago I uncovered a recipe book from my great-great grandmother. It was full of recipes for brown bread. She was mildly obsessed with it I think. Maybe it tapped into her Puritan nature and she felt satisfied by its simplicity. Then a while after that, I got the latest edition of our family recipe book in the mail, a compilation of six generations of recipes from the family […]

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“How to Cure Salmon and Other Fatty Fish”

This is the time of year when a lot of your proteins are in the freezer, since in many places, it is the “in between” season. One of my favorite things to do in these months is cure meat and fish. If I can manage to do it before it hits the freezer even better, but you do what you can. Salt curing inhibits the growth of microorganisms by drawing […]

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“Things I’m Thinking of Giving the IRS Instead of Money”

Two wild stallions. Or domesticated. Whichever I can find first. A transexual rooster. With army tags. And one good eye. A hearty piece of honeycomb straight from our beehives which will last forever. It truly will, honey is the only food that never goes bad. Now can you really say that about money? Honey is better than money. Oh, I crack myself up. Badly baked scones. Kind of reminiscent of […]

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“Guess Who This Is?”

I’ll give you three clues… 1. She still lives in the same house. 2. She was five years old here. 3. I want a bike like that. Okay, that’s not a clue but I just wanted to make that public in case someone has one they’re looking to get rid of. I never said I was good at giving clues. Update 5pm: Okay, in case you’re a visual person here’s […]

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“Root Soup & Polenta”

Because she loves you, Grandma Pellegrini made you a Valentines soup. She even put hearts in it. It’s a work of art. And because he loves you, Gordon snapped some photos of it. And because I love you, well… I’m just writing to tell you about it. I can’t take any credit. I can just share. This is a root soup, colored with red beets. It is delicious, I have […]

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“My Family Recipe Book”

There once was a woman named Virginia Elizabeth Williams Gray. People called her “Jennie” Gray back in the 1800’s. She was my other great-great grandmother. Whereas, Evelyn Day Bruner was my great-grandmother’s mother, Jennie was my great-grandfather’s mother. We shall call her the tree trunk. Because she is the basis for a very wonderful tradition that links the many branches of my family. She is the basis for a family […]

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