Fettuccini with The Whole Damn Garden

#RecipeUpTop (details below): For the base: 2 tomatoes; 2 bell peppers (either red, yellow, or a combination); 4 cloves garlic; 2oz tin of anchovies in oil; 1 TBS olive oil For the flair: Green garden veg of choice (e.g. sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli florets, pea shoots, etc.) 1/4 cup pine nuts; High-quality parmesanContinue reading “Fettuccini with The Whole Damn Garden”

Mutiny of the Bounty

Spring is quickly sliding into summer here on the mountain, and the explosion of verdance is both refreshing and frustrating, particularly as we look around our garden. In my youth, the family garden was something of a novelty at best, and a weed-ridden albatross at worst. The early morning rays of March sunlight seemed toContinue reading “Mutiny of the Bounty”

The Rite(s) of Spring

Mainers will tell you they hate the winter. And some of us do. But what we really hate is the spring. The problem isn’t necessarily the weather itself, though the manic teasing of sunny warmth pulled back with a whip-crack of snow flurries does wear thin at times. Nor is the issue the omnipresent mudContinue reading “The Rite(s) of Spring”

Microclimate of the Crystal Palace

When I quit my job after more than a decade as a trial attorney to move my family to rural Maine and focus on a life of reduced cost, reduced consumption, and more focused living, I had the same conversation on loop for about three months. I would tell a contemporary about my plans, maybeContinue reading “Microclimate of the Crystal Palace”