| Oct 31, 2012
| 2:58 PM
My friend Mildred "Neale" Baltz died last month, just weeks shy of her 103rd birthday.
Despite our 40-year age difference, we shared a lot in the nearly two decades that we were next-door neighbors.
I wrote a story about Neale in 2005 — its...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 8:08 AM
739 N. Clark Street
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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
5 lbs butternut squash
3 spanish onions
1 lb dried cherries
| Sep 17, 2012
| 4:47 PM
ELLISON BAY, Wis. — The sweet aroma of onions caramelizing in a skillet is impossible to miss as vacationers enter the classroom in an old schoolhouse not far from the northern tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.
The 16 students, a mix from children...
| Jun 6, 2012
Ripeness matters. Ask any rabid tomato or strawberry lover who spends most of the year in (wise) denial waiting for that perfect ripeness. So firm is the focus on the ripe that one could be forgiven for thinking ripeness is a moment as cruelly sharp as...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:09 PM
After a year of working on their cherry crops, students at Linden High School were expecting to reap the fruits of their labor, but somebody beat them to it.
Sometime late last week, someone harvested all of the schools cherries from their cherry...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 4:29 PM
It was "just too cold" for Maureen Kercher to sustain her apples and peaches, two of the primary crops at Kercher's Sunrise Orchards Farm Market in Goshen. She lost about 95 percent of both.
"For the few that are left, you just have to decide if you...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 5:44 PM
For the most part, the 2012 growing season for fruit farmers in Michigan has been a nightmare.
“Horrible! We’ve had probably 10 percent of a crop on the cherries this year and the apples are a little bit better and not much.” Rodney...
| Jun 30, 2012
HANFORD, Calif. — Combining the high sugar and flavor of cherries with the larger fruit size and extended season of plums has been a longstanding dream for fruit breeders, but such crosses are difficult to make successfully so that the hybrids yield...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 10:38 AM
Gertrude's has been picked again to represent Maryland in a national promotion for Rainier cherries. For National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11, Northwest Cherries has commissioned one restaurant in each state to create a menu item featuring Rainier...
| Jul 8, 2012
Clafouti is sprinkled with conflict. That, and powdered sugar.
There's the clafouti versus clafoutis conundrum, which sets carefree final s-less Anglophones against stalwart s-conscious Francophones.
There's the free-thinking naked-flan contingent...
| Jul 14, 2012
Take two slices of cherry pie and call me in the morning.
OK. That's not quite the advice doctors are wont to give. But it might make at least a sliver of sense.
Cherry pie contains the same sort of anti-inflammatory compounds as aspirin and other non-...