Cherokee Trail of Tears bean soup Column Alison Steele Columns Food & Drink 

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean Soup with Scarlet Kale & Winter Herbs

By Alison Steele I throw on a sweater and stroll along the garden path for a fresh start to the day. My former convention garden layout of rectangles and rows is transforming. Winter time is prime for garden rearranging, bed resting, thinking, and reconfiguration. Meandering paths of fruit trees and winter greens tucked amongst the purple pincushions are becoming my… Read More
dark chocolate fig pudding Column Alison Steele Columns Food & Drink 

Dark Chocolate Desert Queen Fig Pudding

By Alison Steele Every August we return to Boulder Creek from Virginia summers to find sunflower forests, magic beans, and mysterious squash entangled in what seems like an enchanted garden from a childhood storybook. Spent pea shoots are cleared away to reveal jewel toned beets and carrots ready for harvesting. The jostaberries are sundried on the branches with a curious… Read More