Poor Euell Gibbons (See wikipedia). First, a counter-culture pop icon for his back to the land menus made most visible in Stalking the Wild Asparagus (1962). Then lampooned everywhere. Sitting at a picnic table on Saturday Night Live (maybe?) he takes out a pocket knife and begins to carve off and eat the shavings. “Many parts are edible.” I have him to thank (or blame) for turning my children against me as a cook. Was it the hidden stink bugs in the lemonade made …

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Image via Wikipedia This morning, after the soaking rain overnight, I’ll don the heavy-duty rubber gardening gloves and work in vain on the bank of the branch just out the back door and beside the big lilac bush to clear away the garlic mustard, a European invasive, Allaria petiolata, an over-wintering biennial first introduced in North America as a potherb in colonial times. I pulled off lots of tops last year, not realizing the plant has a defense against that: a deep taproot from …

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