Grilled Pork Medallions with Fresh Turmeric and Calamondins

The weather has been mostly cool and beautiful since the December Warm Period is over.  Every December we get a couple of weeks of hot, damp awful weather and everyone starts talking about climate change and doomsday and turns on the AC.  I just plan to start all my eggplants and tomatoes and peppers those…

An Irreverent Ramen

Looking back over the past twelve months, this year has been a difficult year. I think if I had known it would be so fraught with peril, I would have wanted to just give up and stay in bed for all of 2018. It started right out with two long-time friends being so horrible to…

North Florida Pecan Pie

The first of the winter frosts came through last night.  We spent yesterday chopping cassava stalks, making a shelter for the goats, and moving flats of tiny lettuce into the cold frame.  It got later and later in the day and by the end of the afternoon we realized we didn’t have enough cover or…

Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing

All the days lately have been either full of silver mist with sunshine at the edges, or golden and blue with somber grey in reserve.  Some very sad news reached us a few days ago – a very dear family friend passed away suddenly and unexpectedly over the weekend. He was only a few years…

November Mustard and Cheese Wraps

The horrible, hot humid weather lasted so long this year. Still, it was startling to see how quickly Autumn took over, greying the skies and laying the tall grasses of summer flat against the ground overnight.  The bright early fall wildflowers are replaced by pale late blooming ones, and the honeysuckle vines are empty and…

Sumac Lemonade

Early yesterday morning I heard the cold winds of a front rustling the branches of the naked cherry trees and making acorns rattle down on the roof from the oaks that grow all around and over us.  I lay awake for a while, listening to the strange thumps and rumbling of paws outside. From far…

The Best Pumpkin Dish Ever

It’s amazing what comes from one tiny seed, one small spark of life given at the end of the season, a hope for the next one, waiting in darkness until the light and rain call forth the potential.  And the patience of those seeds that wait for years, maybe centuries, for that moment to unfurl. …

Cheese, Chicken, and Spinach Pie

Every day for so many days I have been finishing my work of milking and chores as soon as possible and rushing into town for various reasons.  It is such an intense world out there in those places of asphalt deserts baking off heat and trampled every minute by the mad monster of traffic, where…

Wild Muscadine Meringue Pie

Suddenly everything seems to have changed.  New flowers are blooming bright yellow in the weedy ways, Bidens and Sida, partridge pea and golden rod.   Ripe poke and beauty berries bend the slender branches waiting for the birds.   The golden and gossamer webs of the orb weavers stretch high up between the trees, and the weavers…

Spinach Pesto Pizza

Last week was all rain, and all kinds of rain. There was the gray, dripping rain that blanketed everything in damp and made interesting kinds of mold sprout under the shelves in the kitchen from the ambient humidity.  There was rain that came down in silver sheets, moving towards you like a fog and obscuring…

 Sweet and Simple Blueberry Cobbler

This is the height of the grass season, when milking and making cheese and yogurt and kefir and butter fill up my days.  Every day I skim the yellow cream from four gallons of milk, and churn three-quarters of a gallon of cream into golden butter.  Every day after milking, the cows, sleek with their…

Black Cherry Clafoutis: A Native Florida Custard Cake

I am always unprepared for the intensity of this season, ruled by the sun and violent storms. The heat feels suffocating and damp, and when the wind blows, it is a hot wind. Every day the shining white clouds build up into flickering, violet storms piled high in the hazy sky, and where they break…