Consumables

Dandelion

The Dandelion is an herbaceous plant that really is much more than just a nuisance in your yard. For all purposes, the Dandelion leaves are at their best just as they emerge from the ground and they are very distinct as nothing really resembles this at all. Depending on when you harvest the Dandelio…

Burdock

Burdock is a plant that is related to the daisy family. It is also closely related to Echinacea, Dandelion, and Feverfew. Burdock is an herb but it is one that has been much neglected when it comes to getting attention. Back in ancient times the Greeks used the roots, the seeds, and the greens and u…

New York Wine Tours

For those on the East Coast, it may be beyond our budgets to give a gift of a California wine tour. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t give a wine tour gift. Relatively new to wine making, New York is actually home to a number of wineries that can be visited. What many people are unaware of is th…

Corkscrews – Necessary Tool for the Wine Lover

Cork has been used to fashion bottle stoppers for thousands of years. Historical records and artifacts show that cork stoppers for wine jugs were used as far back as 500 BC. The early Romans also used cork stoppers that they then coated with pitch to make a watertight seal.

Cork stoppers prevented…

Gypsywort

Gypsywort is an herbal plant that but has no culinary purposes at all but rather is used for industrial and medicinal purposes. This plant originated in Europe and Northwest Asia. Gypsywort’s most important properties come from the stem and the leaves. These were used for the astringents, sedatives…

Wine Tasting Journal – Unusual Wine Gift

It is easy to get stuck in a rut when giving a gift to a wine enthusiast. Of course, a nice bottle of wine is always appreciated but there can be problems for the gift giver. It’s hard to know which wine another person will enjoy and appreciate. You also don’t want to give the same type of gift as…

Wine Gift from Portugal

France has a well-deserved reputation for fine wine but there are many other areas of the world that produce excellent wine as well. For a somewhat out of the ordinary wine gift, why not try some of the lesser known vintages from Portugal? England made port the most famous of Portuguese wines but th…