With the lack of rain in December, wild-picked, moisture-loving mushrooms like black trumpets were scarce this past year, but now that rain has returned in January, we should be seeing more of them in our stores. They are always wild-picked because they have so far defied all attempts to grow them commercially. I love ‘em.
Now our deciduous fruit and nut trees, shrubs, and roses are dormant. Their buds are tight against the cold nights. Their sap hunkers down in the roots, and won’t rise in most of them for another month. Now, in other words, is the time to prune. Some overall rules for pruning include the admonition to remove all suckers arising from the roots or trunk below the graft. Most fruit and nut bearing plants are grafted onto rootstocks selected for performance as roots, not for the quality of their produce.
Is there a more useful vegetable than the carrot? Useful, and ubiquitous, especially at this time of year. At Oliver’s and Whole Foods, you can find fresh, slender bunches of organic carrots with their tops on. If you can, always buy carrots with their tops attached. Make sure the tops are fresh-looking and bright green. This insures that they have been pulled very recently and will still show some of that breathy, rich, carrot-y quality that makes them such a treat. Why organic?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".