I love vinegars. Yes, plural... I am up to eighteen different kinds at the moment. Listen, they each have a distinctive flavor and characteristics, and I use them all. I see them as an addition to my spice and herb arsenal, just a different way of flavor-layering. And, even though I could use plenty of salt in cooking, I find that I often prefer vinegars; they work well as a natural salt substitute in many cases....more

Who is Marie?

Hi I'm Marie!...more


Another post started back in Jan, kicked back into gear by a prompt over at The Modern Failure.  Seriously, if you haven’t been there yet, go now.  Her blog is super smart and super thought provoking.  In conjunction with this post, I suggest you read both Defining the Spectre over at ...more

Marine. Lawyer. Mommy. Wife.  I have an opinion on everything.



The cold wind is whipping today in noisy, rushing gusts - an arctic blast that forecasters say will make the morning more frigid and miserable that normal. ...more

Dark Days eating today and looking for the seeds of tomorrow

Once again my dark days meal was created with a wing and a prayer.  I had no clue what we were going to do but it all came together in the end.Speaking of needing to find creative cooking solutions, Peredur's Kitchen did a review of a book called the Food Substitution Bible.  It's exactly the kind of book I've been looking for when I create these dark days meals.  Check out his review :)...more

While I'm not in your garden zone, heat mats can be really beneficial, depending on what you ...more

Bokashi Update - Part II

We took our full Bokashi composter downstairs to finish fermenting about 10 days ago.  My fear?  That I would open the lid a week later and find a wriggling mass of maggots and other unspeakable grossness.  Inside my house.(gag)So, last Thursday, I, um, bravely, stepped into our mechanical room, turned the little faucet on the bottom of our custom bin, and waited.Nothing.  No tea.  WTF!?!?...more

Snow Days.

The Desk.

The Desk. It's been more than a month since my last post. Did you think I left for the weekend—and just didn't return? We all know how crazy December is....more

And I thought that we had a lot of stuff on our kitchen table. We have nothing on your desk! ...more

Plant Growth and Moon Phases

The Contributions of Others to My Garden

The Contributions of Others to My Garden ...more