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Peppers, the Home of Paul and Penne Leseur
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Peppers, the Home of Paul and Penne Leseur

The practice of house naming began hundreds of years ago with the English nobility whose manor houses, castles and estates bore traditional family or place names. Gradually, the practice spread to the local gentry and then to the middle classes, tradesmen and merchants. Today the name of a house may be decided by its location or an outstanding feature, or the name may recall the homeowner’s special vacation spot, have historical significance or derive from sentiment, memories or, simply, inspiration.…


Naturally Speaking

Sunny-side Up!

Now that summer’s here I think of sunflowers I saw once in southern France, fields and fields of them, their heads nodding in the breeze. And then I think of Arles, Vincent van Gogh and all his vibrant, tactile yellows…


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Naturally Speaking: Conferring on Conifers

The first Norfolk Island pine I ever saw belonged to Mr. Flint, one of my father’s friends in England. He had it growing in a pot in the corner of his living room and was so inordinately proud of it…


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El-Vil, the Home of Dean and Marie Furbert

El-Vil is the name of the Furberts’ cottage, which sits like a treasure box on a rich, green lawn just a few feet from the clear, sparkling ocean. Many years ago, the old railway train ran nearby transporting passengers from…


Holidays

Home for the Holidays: Baked Brie with Brown Sugar and Pecans

Ingredients: 9 Ounce wheel of brie 1/2 Cup of pecans, chopped 3 Tbsp of light brown sugar 3 Tbsp of maple syrup       Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cheese on baking sheet and bake…

Holidays

Home for the Holidays: Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Parmesan

Ingredients: 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, large, trimmed and cut in half 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil 1/4 lb. of pancetta, cut into small cubes Parmesan Salt and pepper to taste   Step 1: Bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling…