As winter approaches, it is natural for us to turn inward and contemplate where we have come this past year. For me, this has been a year of tremendous change. We left the city we called home for 17 years; we left our flourishing garden in Napa, which provided about 90 percent of all our plant food; I left my medical practice and retired forever from being a doctor.
For those of you cooking on Thanksgiving this year, remember to expect a few bumps on the way to your big dinner. This past Saturday, I was set to execute a menu very closely resembling the content of our E-book
, but slightly modified for some allergies. It was manageable but still somewhat ambitious. After baking two pies, apple and blueberry, a pumpkin spice Bundt cake, some bread and the cranberry sauce the night before, I was on track. After preparing a big pot of oatmeal to feed everyone staying with us, my propane tank suddenly went dry.
During fall each year, right around the first frost, comes a great time to do some garden maintenance and pruning. New plants that you dug in during the spring and summer will do well with a heavier pruning.