Entries by Engrid Winslow

Just what in the World is Drinking Vinegar (AKA “SHRUB”)?

By Engrid Winslow   Drinking vinegar originated in ancient Roman times as a pre-refrigeration manner of preserving seasonal produce (including vegetables, herbs and fruit). It had a resurgence as a popular drink in 17th and 18th century England where it was typically made with rum (or brandy), mixed with sugar and the juice or rinds […]

 

PRAISE FOR THE LOWLY CABBAGE

by Engrid Winslow Pity the lowly cabbage, which doesn’t get the love of its sexier brassica brothers and sisters such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower or kale. But this overlooked vegetable is plentiful and inexpensive at this type of year. Cabbage is also a breeze to grow and does great in cool spring and fall […]

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SNAPDRAGON IN 2019

By Engrid Winslow   Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are one of the most widely grown and well-known flowers in the garden for many reasons. Children adore them because of the distinctive bloom of the dragon’s head shaped flowers with mouths that open and close when squeezed from both sides. Many gardeners associate them with memories of […]

 

MAKE YOUR OWN SUET BALLS FOR BIRDS

By Engrid Winslow During the long cold winter months, fat is extremely important for many birds to survive. The species that especially love suet are woodpeckers and flickers, chickadees, wrens, goldfinches, juncos, cardinals, robins, jays, blackbirds and starlings. Be aware that raccoons, squirrels and mice are also attracted to suet so be prepared to use baffles […]

 

19 Uses for Summer Jam

by Engrid Winslow Swirl your favorite fruit jam into a bowl of yogurt and granola. In the bowl above, I blitzed some of the cranberry sauce with an immersion blender and swirled it into vanilla bean yogurt. Then I topped it off with some of the whole cranberries from the sauce and my favorite homemade […]

 

Christmas Gifts From the Kitchen

from the kitchen of Engrid Winslow Whether you want to bring one of these along to gift a hostess or surprise a friend or neighbor, these are easy and fun Holiday Gifts. They will be welcomed by the recipient as they appreciate your thoughtfulness and good taste.   HOT COCOA 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon […]

 

FALL IN LOVE WITH PUMPKINS

By Engrid Winslow Yep, we can tell we are here in fall because THE place to be on the weekends is in the pumpkin patch! Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes and a link to one for our furry companions who love to romp in falling leaves and go on walks with […]