Oven Roasted Nectarine Butter

I love jam. Preserves. Butters. Jelly, not so much, but anything else in most any flavor, including the funky spicy and herbal concoctions. Blueberry-Earl Gray Tea. Strawberry-basil. Blackberry-ginger. I’ve never gone the full big-pots-of-boiling-water canning route, but I’ve made small batches that I can store in the refrigerator or freezer. A few days ago, I Read More …

So it’s summer

…and I’m about two waves behind in wildflower reporting.   The most recent burst has been the spiderwort, a not-very-attractive name for a lovely flower.                   I’ve seen white campions for a few weeks now. I love the striped calyces. They remind me of old-fashioned bloomers.   Read More …

Spring Wildflowers

As the prolonged winter chill eases in fits and starts, the wildflowers are finally starting to appear here in far NE Illinois. They started slow–a hoary puccoon here and there, dappled trout lily leaves poking up through woodland detritus–but thanks to the sun and the occasional (still!) 80+F day, they’re making themselves known.     Read More …