Melissa ElliottLos Angeles, California, US
First a paste-up artist, then a typesetter. Next a movie title designer, and then (after a masters) to teen librarian. Now I draw and watercolor, teach teen literature and readers' advisory, and consult for libraries.
Recipes By Melissa Elliott
Borage is a versatile plant, with edible flowers and leaves. The beautiful color of the flowers makes them a real standout as a garnish for salads, beverages, and desserts. In addition, the plant has medicinal properties, and is also useful as a companion plant to keep pests off your vegetables. Pliny the Elder was a fan—what more do you need?
This is a simple but tasty recipe that goes back a few generations on my mom's side of the family. It's one of my favorites in wintertime. In honor of Dad, who liked the cornbread more than he did the beans, I added a bonus recipe for Tennessee Corn Pone, which you can make with the leftover beans when you're bored with eating them on their own! (The beans should be juicy.)