Around the Table: Spices and Scents of the Season Ahhhh! Does anything ever smell as comforting as freshly baked cookies? The aroma can fill the whole house and can lift the spirits. It is said that 70-80 percent of a human's taste is through the nose, and I believe it. (Fun and easy experiment: Try holding your nose when you eat or drink something and you'll appreciate the power of your olfactory system.) As I sit at the kitchen table … [Read more] about Around the Table: Spices and Scents of the Season
Around the Table: Great, Grand Gourds - It's Autumn! I see a wide variety of gourds displayed in stores to grace our tables as both food, and as ornamentation during this autumn. While I enjoy decorating our home for the change of seasons, I enjoy the … [Read more] about Around the Table: Great, Grand Gourds – It’s Autumn!
Around The Table: Alimentary Autumn The autumnal equinox was September 22 this year. The grocery stores are displaying pumpkins of various shapes, sizes and colors. There is a scarecrow on our porch and sunflowers on the front door wreath. The … [Read more] about Around The Table: Alimentary Autumn
Around The Table: Holy Basil, Batman! Back to school, back to work, back to back demands of the day.... sometimes I just need a little something different to help me get a fresh perspective or to relax and take a break so that I may continue on, don't you? … [Read more] about Around The Table: Holy Basil, Batman!
Our kitchen table seems to reflect so much about us. Maybe yours is clean and only used for meals, but ours seems to be the family gathering place. It's the spot we gravitate to when friends and family pop in and we reflexively offer something to drink (tea, … [Read more] about Around The Table: Mighty Magnesium
By Charl Rae Cobb Summertime brings warm weather and juicy melons. With cool weather behind us and hot days ahead, I am planning menus that include fruit, especially melons. My childhood friends with fall, winter, and spring birthdays had moms … [Read more] about Around The Table: Summer Melons
By Charl Rae Cobb Watching the steam curl and swirl as it rises from my cup of tea, I am enjoying the peace and the coolness of one of the last mornings in March. The aroma of the lemongrass tea is refreshing and as savory to my nose as to my tastebuds, … [Read more] about Around The Table: The Taste of Teas
By Charl Rae Cobb Sitting on the back porch enjoying a cup of green tea as the sun rises, listening to the singing birds, watching the daffodils and jasmine bob their blossoms slightly in the breeze, I'm pleasantly planning the menu for the day. I'm … [Read more] about Around The Table: March Menu Ideas
By Charl Rae Cobb This year the Old Farmers Almanac recipe contest focused on sweet potato recipes. That set me to thinking of all the many ways sweet potatoes are used nowadays... and it got me hungry to try some new flavors with an an old … [Read more] about Around The Table: Sweet and Savory Sweet Potatoes
By Charl Rae Cobb Sipping peppermint tea while sorting addresses for Christmas cards, I become aware, or distracted by the clean scent followed by the refreshing and invigorating flavor. Used to flavor candies, toothpastes, and ointments to rub on … [Read more] about Around The Table: Marvelous Mint