My recent Letter to the Editor of the Alpine Avalanche <3

On Saturday, March 13, the Johns’ world was shaken and shattered. My beloved husband Bob suffered what we now know was a Hemorrhagic Stroke – a brain bleed brought on by untreated hypertension – and it was a total shock. (More specifically, it was on the right side – in his Basal Ganglia). Many of you know us in person from Alpine Farmers Market, and our Texas Coffee Roasters business in Fort Davis, as well as my weekly column here in the Avalanche. I write this on the one-week mark of our family tragedy. My husband has been in ICU … Continue reading My recent Letter to the Editor of the Alpine Avalanche ❤

Letting food be your medicine and medicine be your food

I might not have made any really earth-shattering New Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Day, but I did start our new year with a big batch of beef bone broth and microgreens growing in the window. My simple personal resolutions this year include baking more cookies with premium, natural ingredients; growing superfoods and herbs in the kitchen windows where critters can’t eat them or drag them into the yard, and the usual Jan. 1-April 1 fast from adult beverages. Adding healing, nourishing bone broth to the menu just feels natural. The first written documentation of bone broth being used medicinally … Continue reading Letting food be your medicine and medicine be your food

Adventures of a first-time sprouter

About a week ago, I decided to try my hand at growing microgreens… the seedlings of vegetables and herbs. When we lived near the city, I bought microgreens regularly at the grocery store. I loved adding them to tacos, salads, sandwiches and soups. They add a crunch and an unexpected punch of flavor to everything. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Microgreens are a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some scientific evidence suggests that microgreens are powerful antioxidants, but that depends on the plant. Broccoli sprouts are especially healthy because while both broccoli and … Continue reading Adventures of a first-time sprouter

Let’s ring in the new year with macarons

Considering we’re on the brink of a brand new year, I should probably write about New Year’s traditions, resolutions and blackeye peas… but I’ve done all that before, and quite frankly, this year is not one that has held fast to our regular traditions. If you want my favorite blackeye pea recipe, email me and I’ll be happy to share. But to bring 2020 to a close, I’m going to write about cookies again. I said I was going to wrap up 2020 with cookies and sweets, and so here we are. Mainly because I just received a fantastic recipe … Continue reading Let’s ring in the new year with macarons