Bien Trucha in Geneva IL

We tried to eat here last year, but the line was out the door. This time we arrived well before 5 o’clock opening on a weekday and sat outside in the crazily-warm November breeze in the al-fresco area watching traffic go by. A woman came out to light our votive...

Chicago Day 2013

No traffic. What is wrong? Off to The Antique Lady for selling some pictures. Not good enough, no pedigree. We ended up donating them. Lunch at the Little Market Brasserie in the Talbott hotel. The last time, it was a different place. Got to sit outside in the lovely...

Lodge Seconds

For those traveling to Florida or other points, make sure to stop in the Lodge factory store in Sevierville TN. The traffic and construction made it a bit tough, but it was worth it. We got a 12″ Carbon Steel Skillet for $40, a blemished cast iron 10″...

Pruning Tomatoes

For a long time if have suspected pruning tomatoes would be beneficial, but, after examining the rat’s nest of green on my plants, it just looks too hard. This year, I have an Earthbox with two cherry tomatoes, heirloom Black Cherry and Tomato Berry, from...

Wasabi

Got an email from Dr Weil re wasabi. I like it on sushi, but his article scoffs at US store-bought wasabi – as it is really wasabi, horseradish and coloring. The real stuff is the superfine ground root, like horseradish. He tried growing it, and it looked cool....