“Wassail” (“waes hael” in Middle English) means “be well”, and in this old ritual it’s a toast to the well-being of  an important year round food crop”, notes garden writer Barbara Damrosch in The Washington Post, Local Living Section, December 23, 2010.  She continues,”  in England’s apple country, usually around Twelfth Night, apple trees were saluted [...]

Under a cold, clear starlit sky this week, our neighborhood craft night group crunched through frosted leaves  to our neighbor Michelle’s beautiful kitchen.  We  were greeted by the aroma of  mulled rum cider.   The hot cup of cider was the first offering of the Winter Harvest Menu we were partaking in that evening.  Even though the temperatures have dropped below freezing, some root vegetables and [...]

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