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How to Mix a Heart-Stopping Salad

One evening,¬† in the early summer of 2008, a Colorado sheriff’s deputy named Jonathan Allen came home to find that his wife had made him a “special” dinner. Waiting on the table was his favorite spicy spaghetti dish and a big leafy bowl of salad. As he told investigators later, the salad was surprisingly bitter.…

Lilies Not So Peaceful

I find it ironic – okay, I find it slightly hilarious – that the house plant which results in the most calls to poison control centers is called the Peace Lily. Next on the list is Pokeweed – which people have a bad habit of mistaking for other edible wild plants – followed by two…

When I was eight years old, my sister and I discovered that a small tree in our Louisiana backyard was dropping some thickly shelled nuts into the grass. We loved¬† eating fallen nuts; an enormous pecan tree carpeted the front yard with them every summer. But these were different – rounder and fatter. Curious, we…

Don’t eat the, um, weeds

So one summer evening in 2008, a Maryland family sits down to a dinner of home-made beef stew flavored with mint from the backyard and, oh yeah, some other plant growing in the leafy borders by the fence. It looks like this:An hour after dinner, another relative shows up to find the members of the…