Thursday, June 18, 2009

Egyptian Walking Onions

These are the coolest! I know I mentioned them before, but here is a picture of them. Their "walk" is when the top gets to the point where they bend all the way down to the ground. Like they're taking a step, I guess. You can see that a few have already started on their "walk".

I don't know how long they have been in this garden, but I'm definitly going to have to move some into a new spot.
Also visible are chives, peonies and some misc. ground cover.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

For Your Entertainment

Franklin Stage Company is thrilled to present on
Saturday June 20 at 8pm and Sunday June 21 at 5pm
straight from its dazzling premiere at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA
The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon

The Franklin Stage Company hosts a unique theatrical event, a stunning one-woman play featuring award-winning actress Penny Kreitzer in a tour-de-force performance. The play is written by Kreitzer, FSC co-Artistic Director David Bridel, and Jonathan Rest, and directed by Jonathan Rest.

Charlotte Salomon was a German Jewish artist who initially escaped the Nazis by fleeing to France. When she was deported to Auschwitz , Charlotte left with a friend in France a suitcase containing her masterwork Leben? Oder Theater? - Life? Or Theater? - a collection of 784 autobiographical watercolors. She died in the concentration camp, age 26. “Keep this safe,” she had told her trusted friend Dr. Moridis when she left the suitcase. “It is my whole life.”

Inspired by Salomon's paintings, and based on a compelling convergence of actual events, The Actors Rehearse... is a tale that stretches from the trenches of the First World War to a bomb shelter in Jerusalem where, in 1984, actress Kreitzer and her troupe were preparing a new play based on the all too brief life of Salomon. The troupe invited Holocaust survivor Paula Salomon-Lindberg, Charlotte's stepmother, to visit their rehearsals, and the subsequent confrontation with Salomon-Lindberg provides the departure point for this riveting tale in which Kreitzer, playing multiple and extraordinarily diverse roles, "is her own best stage partner, shifting seamlessly between and among characters" (Berkshire Eagle, June 8, 2009, review of performance at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA). As Kreitzer transforms, and the many strands of the story come together, vital questions, not only about the nature and purpose of theatre but the relationship between real life and art, are exposed and explored.

The Actors Rehearse... is presented by Special Arrangement with the Charlotte Salomon Foundation and the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. FSC was founded on the principle that great theatre should be available to all, and remains Admission Free, with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Admission to The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 607 829 3700 or email

And for the Greyhound Lovers......

"Join us for the new and improved Greyhound Wine Tour & Friends event. This year we are celebrating our fourth Greyhound event again for four days, Thursday, July 23 through Sunday July 26. We have opened up the event to include all breeds and even if you don’t have a dog please stop by for all the festivities. You will be welcomed at sixteen wineries along the trail for wine tastings, lawn concerts, great food, dog land and water demonstrations, seminars and a whole lot more! Each human participant will delight in fine wine and picnic type foods at each of the 16 wineries and in addition receive a wine glass plus a bandanna and treats for their dog."....(click link for further information).

Pretty in Purple

The chive blossoms have been blooming.....and quite yummy! It does look like I need to do some reduction in numbers, however.
The blossoms are wonderful as a decorative (and edible) garnish on deviled eggs, in salads, and even a snack straight from the garden (although I make sure I don't have an appointment when I nibble that way). The bees love them too, so I never take all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer on the Cayuga Wine Trail

Looks like some awesome things going on at the Wine Trail!

"During the months of June, July or August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays join us for our “Family Days”. Each family receives our special “Family Days” card and when three different winery purchases are made you’ll receive a FREE Ice Cream Sundae at participating creameries. What constitutes a family you ask? Any two people who are a couple with or without children. Each child attending will receive our mini purple frisbee.

This year we have two ice cream shops participating in the program that surround Cayuga Lake, Cayuga Lake Creamery and Dories’ Café and Bakery. On the east side of Cayuga Lake in Aurora we have Dorie's Café and Bakery. Dorie’s is a popular luncheonette with a breezy lakefront deck. Order soups, salads, sandwiches, and of course your favorite ice cream sundae from the restored soda fountain. ......... (click link below for more information)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pot of Gold

Well, really a pot of greens, but to many of us, it is the same thing as gold. I've been picking and using them while they are smaller, and they have been delicious!

This bucket of Italian greens was planted on Easter day.
Then earlier this morning, all of a sudden I remembered about 3 cherry tomato plants that I had purchased a few weeks back. I hadn't planted them yet as we were still getting frost threats, so I set them in amongst some other plants at the house, still in their little pots.
Well, long story short, the violets grew, and grew and grew.....and covered the litltle plants up, and I forgot all about them untill this morning. So, I finally put the little guys in the ground a few hours ago. Better late than never!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Show

Very sorry to have been negelecting the blog as of late, but I have been working on my new radio show, which begins July 7 on Healthy Life Radio Network (

I'm quite excited and there will be lots to discuss, especially since the show will be international.

If you are interested in advertising on my show, please contact me for details. The network gets 3mil listeners per month, so it should be a great audience.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Watch for the Show

As of yesterday, Local Seasons will be on internet radio, starting on July 7 at 3pm, through Healthy Radio Network. I'm quite excited about this, as I'm hoping this will bring buying locally even further to the forefront.

I plan to have segments talking to farmers, farm market managers, chefs/restaurants (who use local foods), other areas of "buy local" that many might not think about, the heritage "boom" and much more.

There are advertising slots open, and if interested, please contact me. This network averages 3mil listeners per month.

I'll be updating more later.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Salad Blossoms

The chives are coming in good and heavy in the front garden. The blossoms are starting to bloom as well. The big purple balls are great in salads and as garnishes, especially on deviled eggs. Good to just pop in your mouth as well for a little garden long as you don't have to be someplace right afterwards as they tend to be a bit strong not only in taste, but in "breath scent" as well.

Too bad the blossoms are so short lived, making the window of culinary enjoyment of the buds is so short before they wither and disappear. But, then the chives are still left well into early winter!

The egyptian walking onions are thriving as well. And spreading. I don't know how long they have been in this garden except for the fact that they were here when my grandmother had it. I don't even know who planted them, but I'm glad they're here. You get a lot of use out of those little guys. The entire plant can be used for cooking in one way or another.