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Chickens in the Winter Garden

February 22nd, 2013 · 7 Comments

It’s a wet blustery day here in Seattle–a good day for braised kale and quinoa with tahini sauce, or a nice plate of kale chips fresh from the oven.  Kale is one of a few veggies that can overwinter in Seattle without a cold frame or garden cloth tunnel (we can also grow broccoli and [...]

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He Saw It, He Loved It, He Ate It: Maurice Sendak on Real Food

May 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This may be the highest wisdom I’ve heard in support of the Food Revolution–it’s not just about Kale, is it?  It’s about life, art, celebration, wildness. “Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — [...]

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Gardening Around the Weather

July 15th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Here in Seattle, we like to repeat the words of Mark Twain:  “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Seattle.”  (Don’t quote us.  For one thing, the original phrase read “San Francisco,” not “Seattle,” and for another thing the quote is apocryphal–Mark Twain probably never said it at all.  But let us [...]

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Soporific Salads and Lettuce Opium: One from the Archives

June 9th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Well, one thing growing in this cold Seattle spring is lettuce!  Last night while picking a head of Romaine for the dinner salad, I saw the familiar “milk” rising from the cut.  Such amazing organisms, the plants among us–full of life and secrets.  I decided that as long as my photographer-husband is on a little [...]

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A Vegetarian Serves Christmas Ham

December 18th, 2010 · 13 Comments

My daughter and I are both vegetarians, but my husband Tom, and the rest of my family, are not.  We usually celebrate Christmas day at my house, everyone gathered about our dining table, made long with the addition of two leaves.  I love it.  For years I dreamed up celebratory meatless dinners designed to make [...]

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The Mushroom of All Hallow’s Eve

October 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

This year, Claire decide to be an Amanita muscaria mushroom for Halloween.  We raided the scrap basket, and made over an old umbrella: Real Amanitas have white stems rather than brown, but Claire didn’t have any warm clothes in white, and we made a bet that the general public wouldn’t notice.  And of course we [...]

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Call of the Urban-Wild: Share Your Stories!

October 18th, 2010 · 29 Comments

As autumn settles in, I am getting busily to work on my new book called, in its working-title,  The Urban Bestiary. It’s a wonderful project (if I may say so!) that explores our constant continuity with the wild earth through our daily coexistence with wild animals (as well as other animals that are breaking down [...]

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Spring Woodpecker Drumming

March 17th, 2010 · 10 Comments

In her book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild, the wonderful desert nature writer Ellen Meloy wrote, shortly before her sudden death  (a great loss to us all) about a flicker that had been incessantly drumming her house.  She had named him Stalin, and one morning she found him trapped in her [...]

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Indian Plum: First Forest Flowers

February 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Amdist the brown branches of February woodlands and urban forests in the Pacific Northwest, one native shrub always turns out the first flowers and bright new leaves– the Indian Plum.  The pendants of tiny greenish-white flower clusters fall beneath glowing green leaves that stick straight up, like the ears of a rabbit. The flowers will [...]

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The One Pot: Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

January 24th, 2010 · 15 Comments

Every morning it’s the same.  I wake up in the darkness while my loved ones still sleep.  I tiptoe into the kitchen to make coffee.  The Pot sits there on the stove, in the shadows.  And out of the silence, it speaks:  “Well, Haupt, what’s for dinner?”  What a rude question before I am even [...]

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