Illinois Agricultural Association Record, 1948


We hear of Puritanism’s lingering influence in the United States; but as late as 1948, Illinois dairy farmers were still weaning themselves off the wizardry of Druidism. 

Follow me at my new cooking blog: The Colorado Cucina! Yumminess awaits…

What’s better than that tried and true ritual of “breaking bread” together? So you gotta come visit me over at my new cooking blog! These recipes are all things I’ve seen in a book or on a cool website—or clipped and saved for decades from 70s and 80s cooking magazines; or got from a family member…and many have been like old friends—sustaining me during the early dark of a Colorado winter. I’ve tested them all and they’re amazing.

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What’s in the Cup?

My favorite drink of summer—the amazingly minty-cool Lime Refresher, with its cute little thin-slice wheels of dried lime—has been put out to pasture. Shame on you, Starbucks.

In its place, however, Starbucks has introduced this mystical fuschia delight—little exotic berries dancing amidst sparkling cubes of ice at its surface…Meet my favorite drink for the new season: the “Mango-Dragon Fruit Refresher”! Ahhh, September (and it’s a hot one in Denver this year) you’ve never tasted so good. 🐲🐲🐲


Starbucks’ New Mango-Dragon Fruit Refresher! Mmmmmm-mmmmmm good. I do mine Trente-sized with no water added, with a Grande ice-water chaser. 🐲🐲🐲

The Rare “Ghost Apple” …


The white transparent “Ghost Apple”—aka. “Apple of Saint Peter”—is a pale thin-skinned variety of the  Russian Petrovka group that ripens around the beginning of the Feast of Saint Peter. The bone-colored fruit with its transparent flesh was offered to widows and orphans (“first fruits”); and it was placed at the graves of the winter’s recently deceased, as a symbol of the purity of God’s grace and mercy. The Ghost Apple has also been used in fortune telling; and has been associated with Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folklore.

These Ghost Apples are from Coudersport, Pennsylvania, likely brought as seed with Russian immigrants.

– From the “heritage apple site” (tumblr)

Check out my new food and spirits blog! “On the plate tonight…bounty from the sea!”

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The Colorado Cucina

Tonight, it’s gray and drizzly out. It’s spring and yet there’s a lazy winter sun, like a pearl,  peeking from a cloud cluster. Dinner this shaggy evening is lobster-basil pizza, Italian mussels, and a dry, dirty, gin martini, up, and two olives.


—Photo by Sanguine Woods

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