Is there anything more welcome on a cold winter day than a bowl of chili? Red or white, vegetarian or with meat, it warms from the inside out.

Columbus introduced chiles to the Old World upon returning from his 1492 voyage. By 1600 they were known around the globe. Toda...

In the early days of the new year, gardeners everywhere dream of new projects. You might be thinking about growing your own antioxidant-rich blueberries, a project that requires advance planning. Site selection and a soil test are essential first steps along with weed...

Early last spring a fellow master gardener and I volunteered to tidy up two pollinator gardens that the Tennessee Aquarium had helped establish at nearby schools. Though it was only March, the weeds were well established and blooming. In fact it was a challenge to bag...

Last month I read an illustrated article about holiday foods around the world. It is always interesting to learn about special treats in faraway places. For instance, Kentucky Fried Chicken had an ad campaign in Japan one year in which the company claimed that American...

Pomegranates, Punica granatum, are only briefly available in stores here. They are in season between September and February with the main harvest occurring from October to January. It should come as no surprise that this Middle Eastern native thrives in the dry climate...

At this time of year I love to peruse cooking magazines in pursuit of fresh takes on holiday side dishes or a new twist for everyday standards. It is amazing how frequently thyme is a primary ingredient. This very versatile herb adds depth to savory dishes and cuts the...

The holiday season is officially in full swing.  Many folks may celebrate by popping a cork or two. 

Cork grows on trees. The cork layer covers the bark protecting the trees from heat and fire. But most cork used commercially comes from one kind of tree, the cork...

Would  Turkey Day seem complete without  cranberry sauce? Whether we love it or loathe it, most of us will not be without this uniquely American fare come Thursday. 

The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpan, is native to the acid bogs of eastern North America. Nat...

Few topics have sparked more discussion among my old garden club buddies than the age-old conundrum: What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

Grocers use both terms when labeling bins of fresh tubers, but I doubt many of us have eaten real yams. Yams, Dio...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow  

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below….

This poem was written by Canadian John McCrae shortly before he was killed fighting on the wes...

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