Now, if the previous post made you long for summer tomatoes, here is a recipe for the next best thing — a roasted tomato and bean appetizer to put on crusty bread, using winter cherry tomatoes (even ones that are past their prime). 12 ounces cherry tomatoes (fine if they are past their prime) 1/4 …

If the day is as cold and gray where you are as it is in Chicago, you will know why I want to talk about summer tomatoes. We don’t have a lot of space in the garden that is sunny enough to plant vegetables. This makes me a bit sad (perhaps you have seen that …

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 the ‘Donald Wyman’ Crabapple; 3) the area between the Crabapple Bed and the …

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 day during our time there.

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 us out for a feast that included many kinds of sushi. I knew …

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. My enthusiasm for lentils is kept well under control, but I’ll admit that …