Blackberry Cobblettes

A few years ago I planted thornless blackberry vines. We love blackberries, but boy oh boy are those thorns mean. Thus the reason for planting thornless blackberries. Anyway, those vines never did produce berries, so I dug them up and planted them on the hillside bordering our property along the East Fork River. I thought they would be good to keep the hillside stable. Well, … Continue reading Blackberry Cobblettes

Blackberry Buckle

Chatting with Matt Swaim of Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio today, the subject was berries/brambles. Blackberries were growing wild during Bible days but they weren’t the plump, thornless kind you can have today. Smaller, thornier but worth it. Here’s a buckle recipe that we like very much. Now some buckles mix some of the fruit and batter together. This one doesn’t but the topping does … Continue reading Blackberry Buckle

Discovering Spice Bush on a Springtime Walk

Ron Wilson Plant of the Week – Spice Bush Mar 18, 2021 Yesterday I was walking along our old country road when I spied something very yellow, sort of fuzzy and delicate looking. It was spicebush! Wow! I have one growing in my herb garden, but have never seen them in the woods here. That’s because I wasn’t looking during the right season. And now … Continue reading Discovering Spice Bush on a Springtime Walk

Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I went to the grocery with a list. All resolve left me when I spied a display of fresh, huge, beautiful blueberries in the produce section. Not on my list, but on sale!  Impulse buying? Yes, and no regrets. Especially on a snowy day with thoughts of a warm fire, a piece of fresh baked blueberry coffee cake accompanied by a mug of steaming … Continue reading Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka: Oh Yes! And Doggie Biscuits

I had an executive culinary decision to make today. Requests for my clone of Wms. Sonoma peppermint bark are flowing in again. I honestly thought this cult favorite had made the rounds of our kitchens. I’m assuming there’s some newbies on board who want to make it. Then again, some requests are from readers who’ve been with me a while. So be patient — the … Continue reading DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka: Oh Yes! And Doggie Biscuits

Bouncing Around with Cherry Bounce

Our neighbor, Joan, told me she has wild cherry firewood for us from a tree she had cut down. We’ll sure enjoy the fragrant fires this winter. When we were kids, there was a huge wild black cherry tree in our postage stamp size of a yard. Every summer the tree produced shiny, black, tiny berries. We’d feast, spitting out inedible pits.  It got me … Continue reading Bouncing Around with Cherry Bounce

My Vegetable and Berry Garden: Late June

Thought you might like a peek at the garden taken at dusk yesterday.   Rain, our grey cat, takes refuge in the cool soil.  We have a cutting flower row, tomatoes, squash, some herbs, cucumbers, onions, and growing along the trellis behind Rain, black raspberries. I’ll post a photo of my herb garden later. It’s really beautiful and abundant with herbs and edible flowers. Have … Continue reading My Vegetable and Berry Garden: Late June

It’s the Berries: Strawberries for July 4!

As many of you know, each week I chat with Matt Swaimon the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we chatted about strawberries. Not mentioned specifically in the Bible, strawberries have a history that goes back over 2000 years. In Ancient Greek and Roman times, it was a wild plant, best known for its medicinal value. In fact, the ancient Romans believed that strawberries … Continue reading It’s the Berries: Strawberries for July 4!