You are currently browsing the monthly archive for July 2011.

sliced Meyer lemons

“Who gives recipes for lemonade?” asked my coworker, somewhat sheepishly.

I, for one, was glad to learn her perfected ratio of water, juice, and sugar. A veteran lemonade maker, she made two gallons of this elixir for her son’s 1-year birthday from the lemon tree on their property.

Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Friday! A busy day is about to unfold so I plan to keep this shorter and sweeter than slices of watermelon on a hot day. This morning I want to share my favorite summer salad, featuring—you guessed it—the season’s quintessential pink-fleshed fruit.

That’s where the predictability ends. “What is in this?” your dinner guests will ask you. They see the salad on the picnic table, alone and beguiling. Complex and intriguing. They have to take a closer look.

Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken rearing differs from child rearing in an odd respect. When the chick is born, you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. It’s cute. It’s fluffy. It’s chirpy. But, to everyone except the highly trained professionals (called “chick sexers”—really), it’s an androgynous mystery.

Our brood was no different. We purchased four chicks assuming they were hens, but had we been honest with ourselves, they were the poultry equivalent of “It’s Pat.”

…You can tell where this is going, can’t you?

Read the rest of this entry »