The Quiet

I took advantage of the break between bruising rainstorms and pruned my dwarf Blenheim Apricot tree. (A couple weeks early, I believe.) It’s only two years old, so the cuts were drastic. There will be no fruit this summer — or next, for that matter — but this is the price of helping a young tree grow strong enough to bear good fruit in later years. [...]

The Best Christmas Cookies

The best Christmas cookies are the ones you’ve been making with family and friends for as many years as you can remember. Here’s a photo tour of one longstanding cookie-baking tradition, with a recipe for my favorite Christmas gingersnaps. [...]

Lingonberry Banana Jam

I almost didn’t make this jam, because I was afraid no one would like it. Banana jam sounds really weird to a lot of people — but not to me. I’ve been secretly intrigued by the idea of putting bananas in a jam all year. When I found this recipe in a pamphlet at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension office this summer, I gave a hoot of joy. [...]

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