“The Bay leaves are of as necessary use as any other in the garden or orchard, for they serve both for pleasure and profit, both for ornament and for use, both for honest civil uses and for physic, yea, both for the sick and the sound, both for the living and the dead; ... so that from the cradle to the grave we still have use of it, we still have need of it.”– John Parkinson, from “A Garden of Pleasant Flowers,” “Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris,” London (1629)
When I had the idea to do a series of columns on various herb gardens, I called my friends Eric and Joe Bergeson at their third-generation nursery in Fertile, Minn. Eric gave me the name of Mara Trygstad, a Fargo woman who was planning to open an herb nursery, and Joe gave me a Web site to check out: www.johnnyseeds.com.
Recently a reader wrote to me asking if I knew anything about some records of the Ku Klux Klan that were found in the old Masonic Temple before it was razed for a parking lot in 1968. The building was located on the northwest corner of Fifth Street North and First Avenue.
My mother and grandma, who cooked for our family when I was growing up, never made creamed vegetables, although they did make a white sauce for leftover turkey or canned tuna, which was served on buttered toast.
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