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Pasta a la Gus, Genie-style

Back when I lived in DC, long before I ever thought about gardening, I spent a fair amount of time running up and down I-95 in the summer to Orioles games. I have a long family history with the team, one too long to get into here, and they will, no matter how long they [...]

Cooking is my therapy

About six months before I moved to Iowa, long before I had any idea I’d be gardening, Steve and I were on the phone talking about our future living situation. We’d determined his first-year graduate school apartment wasn’t big enough for the two of us, and he’d been looking for another place for us to [...]

Very slightly delayed gratification

Right as I was leaving work yesterday, I started getting increasingly urgent messages from my friend and former roommate, Susan. She needed my number. She needed to call me. She thought she had my number, but somehow she did not. When she actually sent me a message via Twitter, I knew something serious was going [...]

Springtime in Washington

When I ran into Prairie Robin at the Winter Gardening Fair back in February, we had no choice but to discuss the weather, which inevitably led to a discussion of the ever-so-far-away spring. Prairie Robin is another transplant from the D.C. area to Iowa, and so it came as no surprise to me when she [...]

Growing a Valentine strawberry

Although Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it seems appropriate to tell you about a little indoor plant experiment I have going on right now. At Christmas, my former roommate Susan, who has managed to locate the world’s greatest gardening gifts ever since I started this blog, sent me a terrific gift that I will [...]

No shortage of apples in Pennsylvania

One of the things that surprised me when I moved to Iowa — and oh, there were plenty of things that surprised me — was how many apple orchards there are around here. My parents live in Adams County, Pennsylvania, home to apple orchards that dot the landscape as you drive down country roads, and [...]

Drop in, decorate, be merry and bright

When I was in high school, I started spending one day every holiday season baking cookies. A cacophony of cookies. I baked at least five or six different kinds, then bagged them all up in sandwich bags with holiday-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses and mini candy bars, then tied the baggies with green and red ribbon, filled [...]

The season for frenzy comes to an abrupt halt

I went to the health center at my college on a Fall day in my Senior year. The nurse checked me out, examined my congestion and sore throat, then flipped through my chart. “Hmm,” she said. “It shows here that you came in on October 16 your Freshman year, October 17 your Sophomore year, and [...]

One step closer to funding for community food programs

Government, in many ways, makes gardening look easy. To garden, simply plant seed, water, watch grow, eat food, repeat. To govern, there are many more steps. And so, for those of you who have been asking for an update on the march of the Farm Bill and the status of the Community Food Program (CFP), [...]

Greens and yellow pizza

I have an admission: I love pizza in all its forms. I love it when it’s gourmet and brick-ovened and topped with choice ingredients. I love it when it’s out of a box, taken from the freezer, and baked on the rack of the oven (DO NOT BAKE THE CARDBOARD DISC.). I love it delivered, [...]