This issue came together out of moonbeams, spider webs, magic, and the scents of wood smoke and apple cider. In other words, we’re not quite sure how it happened.
Since we (sadly) gave up print, we’ve cut our deadlines paper-thin, and added the Extra! for the in-between months, so that every month we have a deadline with just 20 days to put it together. For this one, that included a week-long vacation across the country and a little elective medicine. It was so tight that we finished up after supper on the last day! In 22 years, we’ve never been that close to the edge, and if you’ve been around through the years, you know we worked through some pretty crazy stuff. But we did it, thanks to our wonderful contributors and Maryanne’s skills.
Look at this cover! The artist has created this delightful herbalist to whom we all relate, and shown her throughout the seasons. This cover is her 6th, so “Willow” has now shown up in every season. We’ll have to come up with some way to lure her back for subsequent issues.
The contents are listed below…
Beautiful painting evokes the kitchen we all dream of on some level.
Excerpt from “Herbalism,” Adrian White
I always love reading how others were drawn into herbs and develop their
viewpoints and favorite herbs.
Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams
So many plants, people and
Side Dishes with Fall Flavor, Alicia Allen
for the upcoming holidays! Several serve
well as main dishes, too.
Astragalus Chia, Mountain Rose Herbs
Classic herbs and
spices with added adaptogenic properties!
An Herbal Gift Basket, Debra Sturdevant
including several tea blends, tub teas, and how-tos for herbed vinegars and
honeys. Oh – and cookies!
How to Make Items on the Cover, Tina Sams
Debra covered the
vinegar, but I give instructions and recipes for all the other gifties strewn
across the cover.
Christmas Gift Ideas, Jackie Johnson
and inexpensive gifts from the heart.
The Memory Jar struck a chord with us!
Seeds or Plants? Kathy Musser
Are you a seed person
or a plant person? Sometimes it depends
on the plant. Kathy helps you decide.
Winter Warming Appetizers, Marcy Lautanen Raleigh
get-togethers and family gatherings are all opportunities to share delicious
treats from the kitchen. Dips, puffs, cheese
straws and pretzels are some of these tasty bites.
Herbal Holiday Gathering Recipes, Marci Tsohonis
Eggnog, spicy cider, herby stuffed mushrooms, finger
sandwiches, dips – and just in case they spend the night, a delightful recipe
for fresh ginger muffins!
Figs! Susanna Reppert
More and more people are growing figs.
If you aren’t, you might want to think about it!
Meet Our Contributors….
A little about the people you’ll
find in the pages of this issue.
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