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Charlemont, MA
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We had some unusual early birds this year: Spacecoast Starburst first bloomed June 9 (!) and Cordovan Skies bloomed today, several weeks ahead of schedule. Spacecoast Starburst Cordovan Skies Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2022 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Spielberg’s West Side Story is a thrill to watch with its gritty realism and wonderfully creative dance numbers set against a decaying New York City in the late 50s. But it is more sociological treatise than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the midst of a “slum clearance” project, loser white guys try to thwart the progress of aspirational newcomers with brown skin. (Raise your hands if this sounds familiar.) Jets’ leader Riff is a psychopath, not a teen who has yet to grow up, while Tony is a teen who has spent time in prison for almost killing an adversary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at Mill Brook House News
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This is a searingly beautiful account of Catherine Raven’s journey from alienation to healing through the ministrations of an unusual wild fox. Raven is a survivor, a hardy soul from a dysfunctional family, highly intelligent, acutely sensitive, and brutally honest. Trained as a biologist, she rambles through an eclectic sampling of natural history and her own observations while attaching them to carefully chosen if idiosyncratic selections from literature: Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Lafcadio Hearn, and, especially, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, whose Little Prince she reads aloud to the fox (!). Why, she asks, is mankind so detached from the natural world?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at Mill Brook House News
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Chewy, spicy, not too sweet, the perfect molasses cookie! 1.75 cups all-purpose flour 1.2 tsp baking soda pinch of salt 1.5 tsp cinnamon 1.5 tsp ginger 1.5 tsp cloves 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), softened to room temperature 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 T white sugar (plus extra for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Perfect for the holidays! 6 T butter ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 & ½ cups flour ½ cups cocoa powder 1t baking soda ½ t salt 2/3 cups mashed potatoes 2/3 cup buttermilk Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs. Sift the dry ingredients together, and mix... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Apollodorus has been in continuous bloom since July 27! One more bud to go, and it will be done for the season. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2021 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Pink Charm is the first pink daylily ever developed and was derived from the common daylily or tiger lily. Cordovan Skies likewise bears a close resemblance to the common daylily but with a purple/maroon color (as in cordovan leather goods). These friends are planted in front of a bed of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2021 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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DL-4 wins again--beating last year's record by 5 days!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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My husband grew up loving Lox, Eggs and Onions, a deli specialty. This recipe combines two culinary traditions. Make or buy your favorite piecrust. If you don’t have one, use the recipe below: 5 T butter 1 cup flour ¼ t salt 2.5 T water Add the salt to the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Green Depression Glass (photograph: Steven Sternbach) I first encountered the fashion for “vintage Pyrex” a decade ago when I discovered that the mother of a Japanese student I was tutoring shopped for it regularly in antique and second hand stores, intending to ship it back to Japan where it sold for a bundle. Recently I came across an article citing pieces that sell for hundreds even thousands of dollars in this country. I gag. This pale milky glass kitchenware with insipid floral designs is the stuff your mother gave you when you got your first apartment. It goes with olive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Mill Brook House News
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Prepare a yeast dough, using: 1 pkg. or 1 tablespoon baker’s yeast 1&1/4 cup luke warm milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/2t salt 1 egg 4 cups unbleached flour Warm the milk only slightly and dissolve the yeast in it. Combine the yeast mixture with the sugar,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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These cookies make a delicious, healthy snack, low in fat and sugar. Mix: 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut 1/3 cup flour ½ t baking powder 1/8 t salt ¼ t cinnamon Beat until stiff: 5 egg whites Add: 3 T sugar 1 t vanilla to the egg whites; continue beating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Amazingly delicious with or without whipped cream! 2/3 cup of sugar 3 T butter 1 t grated lemon rind 3 juiced lemons 4 eggs, separated 1/3 cup flour 1.5 cups milk Cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg yolks; beat until light yellow. Sift and add in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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4 cups of milk 1 cinnamon stick 3 oz. milk chocolate 2 oz. dark semi-sweet chocolate 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate* 1 t vanilla pinch of salt dash of cayenne pepper Simmer the milk with the cinnamon stick for 10 minutes. Stir in the chocolate and let it melt in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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This recipe works best with applesauce or frozen fruit. If using frozen fruit, thicken 2 cups of it on the stove with 2 T cornstarch. Mix the cornstarch with c. ½ cup of water, bring the fruit with its juice to a boil, add the cornstarch and water and allow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Whisk 1T hot water with ¼ cup white miso. Add 3T honey and 1T sesame oil. Marinate 8 chicken thighs in this mixture for 2 hours or more. Place the thighs and the marinade on a baking sheet and bake at 425° for c. 35 minutes. Plate the chicken, pour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Four Healthy Mug Cakes My first mug cake recipe appeared in a newspaper circular. Later I read that there are hundreds of mug cake recipes online. I looked into that claim and discovered that most of them have been developed as desserts—good for homebound singles, maybe, but, taste-wise, not worth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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A hearty, healthy breakfast treat… Three main ingredients: wheat berries, oatmeal, and raisins 1/3 cup wheat berries 1 cup water *** 1 cup rolled whole oats ½ cup raisins 1 cup milk 1 cup water ¼ t cinnamon *** ¼ cup slivered almonds Boil the wheat berries until tender. (This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Easy and delicious! Chicken Breasts with Avocado Dressing Cut 1-2 lbs of chicken breasts into thick strips. Sauté them, then set them in the middle of a large serving plate. While the chicken is cooking, make the dressing and pour it over the chicken after it is plated. Garnish with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Add the orange juice to this recipe if you enjoy a hint of orange flavor in your food. Leaving out the OJ out will preserve more of the pure maple flavor. Maple Salmon ¼ cup rice wine vinegar ¼ cup maple syrup 1 T brown mustard 2 T orange juice,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
Trump tried to wreck the Post Office. An army of postal workers called it out and made sure every mail-in ballot was delivered. Trump trash-talked the election. Over one hundred and fifty million people voted anyway. Trump tried to stop the vote count. Thousands of poll workers counted and counted and counted. Lies went to court, and judges sent them packing. Officials in multiple states suffered harassment and death threats. They stuck to the truth. A mob attacked and ransacked the Capitol. Our senators and representatives crawled out from underneath desks and tables and certified the election by 4 AM... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Mill Brook House News
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A simplified version of Kung Pao Chicken, this is a fast, easy, and incredibly delicious dish if you keep the right ingredients on hand. ¾ pound chicken breast, cubed 2 dried hot chilies *** 2 T water 1 T rice wine vinegar 1 T sherry 1 T hoisin sauce 2... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
Both light and hearty, this easy-to-make, low fat chowder is a great winter dish. 2 slices bacon, chopped 1 T olive oil 2 large onions, diced 2 cloves garlic, pressed 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock or a combination of both 16 oz. frozen corn 3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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This popular dish takes some concentration but is pretty easy to make at home. Pad Thai 8 ounces of flat rice noodles* Soak these in warm water for at least 15 minutes and drain. ½ lb. chicken or shrimp or a combination of both Peel the shrimp and/or chop the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Mill Brook House Recipes