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Wednesday Food Post

I'm getting really excited for the market to start. I'm excited for my garden, too, although I don't know when we'll end up selling this place and moving, so I'm playing that by ear. At the very least we'll get lots of root veggies and greens. With all the uncertainty, my gratitude really grew for my job. I didn't quite know it before, but I have a serious need to be a grower of food. I actually panicked thinking about the mere possibility of not having tomatoes in my garden this year, and then Jeff helped talk me down by reminding me that I'll actually be starting and tending several hundred tomato plants this year… so no worries. Ha!

I sometimes get the impression that people think I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.… Continue Reading...

Wednesday Food Post

Oh we are having fun over here. Food has been a mix of silly over-the-top creations or really simple stick-to-your-ribs kind of fare. A good balance during these cold months. My sister and I saw a recipe for baklava made with brie, and we had to make it. In the end we just made phyllo rolls, not the whole layered casserole dish. I will definitely make these again, they were delicious.

They were really simple too. Phyllo dough, a few sheets thick with melted butter brushed between layers. We put pieces of brie and chopped pecans and a sprinkling of cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then we rolled it up and baked them at 350 until they were golden and flaky. We also made a honey dipping sauce for them with the leftover spices and a little honey and water on the stove.… Continue Reading...

WFP

It's cold outside! My kombucha is so slow to brew due to the cooler temps that I forget about it now. I actually remembered it and made a new batch, but it got moldy for the first time in a few years of making it. Sad! I think it was due to the much longer brewing time- it just means that there's more time to get contaminated before the culture really gets going. After a week of waiting on this last batch, I decided to put the jars on top of a seedling heat mat. Here we are a week later and there is the thinnest film of SCOBY growing on top.
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Wednesday Food Post… it’s coming back!

I miss the old WFP, don't you? Its absence hasn't been for lack of cooking. Here I am, though, committed to cook/prep/experiment with one of my very best friends every Wednesday afternoon through the evening, and I realized it was a sign! A sign that I need to get back into writing regularly about this whole eating thing we love so. Katy, my bff since we were 15, and her sweet baby Zachary Owen (hereby known as "ZOG"), are going to be recurring characters in this series. Perhaps I can do a proper intro next week. Katy is my partner in crime in so many ways, but we also (along with her partner Ross) co-own the land that we'll soon be moving to. We aim to grow old and miserly together, all while eating delicious grub and doing yoga into our 90s.… Continue Reading...

WFP: Foraging fun

Wednesday food post! It's been so long!

Spring eating is here and I'm loving every minute of it. There was a point in the middle of winter where I was a little souped-out and we were buying citrus fruit just to make up the difference. We still ate well, but I so clearly craved FRESH. Here we are! These morels were gifted to us from some friends, and Jeff and I found another 10 or so just bopping around the woods the other day. I think we may try again just to see if there are any more, but I count this year as a success.

They weren't really enough to store, but they were enough to make a nice meal out of. We chose to sautee them up with some button mushrooms in butter, garlic, leeks, ramps, and a little salt and pepper.… Continue Reading...

WFP: Turkey

Ever since I slaughtered my own chickens I feel a much greater desire to not waste anything on an animal. Ever since starting a vegetable garden I feel bad about any part of the plant being wasted. My guilt about slimy vegetables at the bottom of the crisper is definitely magnified now that I have a connection to the energy and time it takes to grow those plants. A few years ago I heard that your average person wastes about 30% of the food that is brought into their homes. That's kind of an enormous figure. And I hate to be a total cliche, but with all the starving people out there, and all the problems caused by modern agriculture/food production/etc… I just see the effort to not waste any of our food as being one of the very simple and necessary acts of stewardship that each of us should employ.… Continue Reading...

WFP: Exchange of energy

I don't have a lot of time here tonight (because babies are sleeping and I have a warm bath with lavender salts waiting for me, and after that a movie with my love…), but I wanted to take a minute to talk about what we've been eating lately. We've been mostly-local eaters for some time now, but with the help of my dear friend B and her little family, a new fire has been lit. We're actually partnering up and sourcing out things, buying things in bulk for both our families, and together we're developing some guidelines for just how we should be eating this year. It's so nice to be in this with another family- it's newly motivating and makes us feel a little more purposeful.… Continue Reading...

Food… And I don’t care that it’s not Wednesday.

Food storage is picking up around here. I'm finding tricks to help us be more flexible in terms of time. For instance, I am through with blanching and peeling tomatoes. It was only this year that I found out it was entirely optional. Plus, those skins and seeds that people discard are good for you! No more sweaty slippery finger-pruning prep! I do have a tomato saucer, which takes out the skins and seeds anyway, but for just our home canned tomatoes/paste/salsa/sauce? It's just chop 'em up and throw 'em in a pot. So easy. Now, I also don't have hours to process tomatoes, so lately we've been letting them simmer down into paste. I'm just learning as I go here, and figuring out what works for us.… Continue Reading...

WFP: And so it begins…

I’m actually starting to remember the way this time of year feels… this dance we do around here. Everything in the garden starts to plump up and it starts coming in faster than we know how to handle. I fill baskets and big bowls with everything the garden offers us, my limited counter space starts to disappear, and I stare at it all- a bit confounded.

And then I start to remember… I remember all the things I loved from last year and want to do again. I move a little bit faster, a little bit surer of myself. I do a few more things from memory, and feel pleased that I didn’t have to run for the recipe book like last year. I start to think of all of the things I’ve yet to try, all the ways that I can do better this year.… Continue Reading...