Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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DOGS ARE IN THE WOODS

Flowering dogwoods, that is.

As the woods come alive,
before leaves cover each branch,
a white blizzard of wild dogwoods
are snowing throughout the forest.

The dogwood flowers are beautiful this year.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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SPRING FRESH
WATERCRESS SALAD

A morning visit to a secret watercress patch
in an ice-cold spring.

Shoes off, picking tender tips,
tasting along the way.
(So refreshing, so peppery.)

Deliver a cooler full of greens
to the waiting chefs.

Final salad:
Spring lamb medallion with
local watercress, and black garlic sauce.

Amazing flavors.
Perfect combination.

Monday, April 28, 2014

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SHAKESPEARE MEETS ROGUE

All of Shakespeare's 38 plays are performed
by actors in a variety of locations
in different neighborhoods throughout St. Louis,
to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

And one very special celebration was celebrated
in conjunction with the Rogue Underground Dining's
39th gourmet dining event Sunday evening.
And what an event it was!

Acts from Romeo & Juliet were performed
in between a 9 course meal.

"Shake 38" has become an outstanding annual event.
Attendees were spellbound,
and well fed!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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FARMERS MARKET
AT TOWER GROVE

This wonderful farmers market
is once again open on Saturday mornings,
in St. Louis' Tower Grove Park.

It's early, of course, for summer's fresh bounty,
but growers are already offering garden greens,
as well as wild collected mushrooms, ramps,
watercress, sorrel and chard.

This market features vendor/farmers,
who grow and produce what they sell . . .
which include eggs, artisanal cheeses
and fresh made crepes.
(Yum.)

No wonder children's favorites
are always Amish made fruit pies.
(Double yum!)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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BUTTON COLLECTORS
ARE COMING TO TOWN

The Missouri State Button Society
(yes, there is one)
is having it annual Button Show this weekend.

133 collectors and dealers are meeting
to show off their rare collections
at the Wildwood Hotel, in Wildwood, Mo.
The public is also invited to view their
collections and entries in the competition.
(Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am - 4:00pm)

Rare displays include 17th and 18th century
hand enameled, carved and forged buttons
from around the world, 
including handcarved netsukes from Japan,
French porcelains and wartime coppers.

Bring your jars of old buttons for free appraisals.
(Just kidding.)

Friday, April 25, 2014

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DEADLY MAY APPLES

These lovely little umbrellas
that cover the forest floor in Spring
are the toxic American mandrake,
commonly known as "may apples."

Mandrake is the famous herb
of legends and sorcerers.
The roots are poisonous.
The leaves are poisonous.
The buds and flowers are poisonous.
But the ripe fruit (come June)
is a sweet, delicious and edible treat.

Native Americans boiled its lethal roots,
and used its broth to cure stomach ache.

And in Shakespeare's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM,
mandrake was used to make drops
to put on eye lids to produce
hallucinating effect for deception.

(Such an attractive little plant.)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

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MARVELOUS MORELS

Even with our long, bitter cold winter,
it's always nice to find morel mushrooms
after an April walk in the woods.

A tasty addition to a gourmet meal.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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OH, TO TURN 21 AGAIN

Rowena's 21st birthday bash
was a hit at Plush in St. Louis
with a fancy birthday cake,
and the amazing musical energy
of Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
from Wichita, Kansas.

Wow!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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REDBUDS ARE IN BLOOM

There's no mistaking the pink
in the woods this time of year.

Before most trees have a chance
to show their leaves,
the Eastern Red Bud tree is sprouting
brilliant pinks on its branches,
and along its trunk.

This has long been a sacred tree
for Native Americans.

(Good choice.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

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FIELDS OF PURPLE

Missouri farm fields are covered
with vast fields of brilliant purple,
a sign that this year's alfalfa crop
will be bountiful.

Alfalfa is an important and nutritious
forage crop for livestock,
and is breathtaking to behold
in mid-April.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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EASTER GREETINGS

Here's hoping the Easter Bunny
brought you sweet surprises
this Easter Sunday morning.

He's been visiting lots of boys & girls,
hiding colored eggs, and
giving sweet chocolates and prizes,
and carrots, too!

Carrots???
What are we supposed to do
  with carrots?

(Hmmm, they're yummy too.)