Asian Radish, Carrot, and Turnip Pickles

The last couple of weeks I have had a large daikon radish in my CSA box. Also there was carrots, hakurie turnips, pablano and jalapenos. What was I going to do with these? I spent time on the internet looking up how to cook the radish and turnip. I kept running into various recipes to…

Rose of Sharon/Ohio Rose Quilt: A Short History

One of the patterns that have a rich history and have been favored by quilters is the Rose of Sharon, Ohio Rose or Whig Rose. This is one of the oldest applique floral patterns.  It is a stylized rose that has its roots in the Tutor Rose used by the aristocracy in Europe. As I…

History of the New York Beauty Quilt

When looking at vintage quilts, I often wonder where the name come from because the pattern don’t seem to lend itself to the name.  In the 1990’s, quilt historians registered every heirloom quilt they could through individual state projects.  They documented them in photographs and through recording family provenance.  Because of that research they were…

Quilted Falling Leaves Bath Mat

A wonderful quilted bathmat for your bathroom.  We have lots of patterns for quilted items for the house but it is unusual to find a pattern for the bathroom.  Falling leaves bathmat is a fun quilt to make. Florence La Ganke was hired by Nashville Banner in 1928 to create quilting patterns every week for…

Hakurei Turnip and Apple Salad

Now you are probably wondering what a hakurei turnip is?  It has been cultivated in Japan for thousands of years.  I had never seen or tasted one until it was in my CSA share.  It is a very mild and crisp vegetable that is wonderful in salads.  It can also be cooked as well as…

Turkey Pot Pie (Meat Pie from left overs)

Rooster Pie Bird keeps the pie from boiling over while baking. There was still some turkey left overs in the freezer from Christmas.  Today has been cold for Florida, so it was a good day to make a turkey pot pie.  I used refrigerated pie dough that I had left over from the holidays which…

Cowboy Caviar

I have been getting eggplant every week in my CSA share.  They grow well here in the winter.  The only problem is I have run out of ideas on how to fix them.  Then the other day, in an old magazine I found a recipe for dip.  It looks like a typical salsa but it…

Adventures in CSA Farm

    Some of the vegetables from this week’s box. This week I went picking tomatoes at the CSA farm. (I live in South Florida so the growing season starts in the fall.) The members were invited to you pick sun gold tomatoes. They are little yellow cherry tomatoes with a very sweet flavor. I…

Watermelon Italian Ice

  A wonderful way of enjoying watermelon is to make Italian Ice. Sometimes the watermelon is just to much to eat. The first of December I received a large wonderful tasting watermelon from my share of the local CSA farm. I still had some left from the Sugar Baby watermelon from the week before. The…

Depression Recipe for Sweet Potato Pie

My little taste tester won’t admit to sticking a finger in the center of the pie. Keep in mind that a sweet potato pie is easy to make and you can’t ruin it.  This is a economical recipe that is light. My recipe was taught to me when I was a child by someone who…