Late October

Well, it’s happened. We had our first snowfall of the season today, just after the heat came on at work and just before my car stalled when I left to drive home (My diesel VW Jetta, though it gets great…

One Red Pepper

Step 1: Get your hands on a fresh red pepper I bought a $1 red pepper at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market recently, picking it up only because it was this beautiful shade of red and, frankly, seemed to be…

A Pie in the Hand

I don’t have anything against pie. Really. It’s just that, well, there are so many things that can go wrong when you make a pie—especially the crust, and, honestly, it takes a lot of time and skill. What if the…

And, Apples.

Sunday afternoon, some friends and I drove out to the country, where on either side of the highway, green acres stretch as far as you can see. There was a lot of talk about farms, about milking cows, about which…