First Rains

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The first rains have arrived and Ene planted a cover crop of fava beans as a soil amendment and delicious late winter staple. Our garden was devastated by deer over the summer while we were travelling, but we were able to harvest a few pumpkins, acorn squash and late season chiles that survived the onslaught.

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I like to make stews and soups in my shop kitchen during the rainy season as a backdrop to making furniture, and have an idea for a hot squash soup cooled with fresh parsley and yogurt.