Volante Farms

Farmstands in the Fall…

Ah, farmstands. There’s nothing like a visit to a farmstand in the fall: pumpkins, decorative gourds, apple cider donuts, mums… I love my local farmstand, but it is small. We tried to visit it a few times this fall, but there was always a long line out front. Time to find another farmstand. We found […]

Civil War monument in Brookline, MA

Veterans Day

This year, I attended my first Veterans Day service. I feel embarrassed to admit that, but it’s true. My dad was a veteran, but he didn’t talk much about his experience. He said once that it was one of the best times of his life. (He never saw combat.) He was a military policeman at […]

cauliflower tortilla chips

Brassica Oleracea Var. Botrytis

…better known as “cauliflower.” Over the past few years, I’ve seen so many new ways to eat it. Riced cauliflower, cauliflower mashed potatoes. The list just grows. Because I’ve always been a fan of cauliflower, I’ve tried a variety of items this year, including breadsticks, dips, and snacks. A company called From the Ground Up […]

Russell Orchard's lilac wine

Flowers + Wine = ?

Allen and I made it to Crane Beach at the very end of the summer. Every trip to this beautiful beach calls for a trip to Russell Orchards, since it’s en route to the beach. Russell’s has a farm store with produce, baked goods, gifts, ice cream, and a large section of its own fruit […]

black rice

Forbidden Rice

Who wouldn’t want to try a food with the word “forbidden” in the name? I was perusing Thrive Market‘s rice options when I came upon forbidden rice. …Which is a fancy name for black rice. It was called “forbidden rice” in ancient China because only emperors could afford to eat it. It has some different […]