Category Archives: Food

Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 7th

Yesterday we passed into the period known as Winter Commences, 立冬 (lì dōng). It will run until November 21st. Colder weather does start in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads for this … Continue reading

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Samhain

After a month of ghost stories, harvest foods, spooky movies and other topics building the mood for Halloween I am ready for my own celebration. Some day I’ll have the time and materials to build and ofrenda, but not this … Continue reading

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Dia de Muertos

This year the celebration of Dia de Muertos starts on the evening of October 31 and continues to November 2. I find this Mexican holiday of honoring the dead one of my favorite expressions of this desire. It’s about family … Continue reading

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Cider: the October Drink

Cider was the real original American drink. As early as the mid 18th century apple cider was a staple at every family table. A Swedish naturalist Pehr Kalm, noted during his travels in 1749 that nearly every home on Staten Island had … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

Frost’s Descent is the 18th term and the last solar term of autumn, during which time the weather becomes much colder than before and ice crystals form as frost begins to appear.  In the lower reaches of the Yellow River … Continue reading

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Autumn Harvest – Treats or Tricks?

By the first of the month the stores have aisle after aisle filled with mass produced sugar concoctions. This is supposed to be about treats but let’s face it, it’s a trick. A holiday that promotes massive overindulgence in sugar … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest

There are other celebrations in October. It’s not all about the waning light and things of the dark. Growing up in a community with a lot of German influence, I always look forward to Oktoberfest. In Germany, the famous Munich … Continue reading

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