Cool Stuff – Home & Family

Q&A With Grandma Pellegrini

You asked, she answered! Here is this week’s Q&A with Grandma Pellegrini. Take it away grandma! Q. How do you keep the critters from eating up your garden? I plant fruit trees and have raised vegetable gardens, and so far only the groundhogs, squirrels, chipmunks and birds have enjoyed my homegrown produce. The area is fenced in, the raised vegetable beds are covered with netting, and still the critters persist. Should I just start charging […]

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Ask Grandma Pellegrini

I never really outlined all the new sections on this site. So I figure I’ll give you a little walking tour. Shall we? Do you have good walking shoes on? Okay, let’s go… on the first stop, we go over the hill and through the woods to… Grandma’s House. We all love Grandma P. Who doesn’t love Grandma P., raise your hand…? That’s what I thought. She’s the ultimate pioneer […]

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The Anatomy of a Guinea Egg

This is as close as you’ll ever get to a guinea hen. Unless you chase them and get lucky when they run into a corner. One day soon I’ll get a telephoto lens so you can see how strange their faces are. I think they are where the term “strange birds” comes from. They have featherless heads with red flabby bits protruding from their cheeks. They are native to Africa […]

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My Great Grandmother’s Garbage & The Adams Family

When I was at Tulipwood a few weeks ago, I got to see all of the carnage left over from a massive wind storm a few months ago. Lots of trees went down like dominoes and let’s just say it’s going to take a very long time to clean up the firewood. But something interesting happened when all of the trees came up by their roots… can you see it? […]

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Cooking with Grandma P.

My grandmother isn’t cooking anymore. She isn’t as mobile as she used to be, which is a loss for her and also a loss for this website since we enjoyed her recipes so much and because I enjoyed cooking with her so much. But I can remember the times we did spend in the kitchen together and her cookie jar and strange trinkets that she had strewn about. That is […]

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Just Arrived at Tulipwood

My dad is a master beekeeper. He builds his own box frames much to my mother’s dismay. It causes a lot of clutter in the garage. But he looks awfully amusing in his bee suit. Rather like an astronaut. He gets his bees from Georgia, not me, the state. It’s an exciting time when they arrive. We don’t always have to order more, but sometimes you lose a hive or […]

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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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