Tag: Soup

Back to Basics: Homemade Croutons

Back to Basics: Homemade Croutons

I grew up on store-bought croutons from a box. I sprinkled them atop iceberg lettuce in a turquoise Tupperware bowl and doused the mess with bottled French dressing. The rest of the family was content with homemade 'Russian' dressing: mayo, ketchup and sweet pickle relish. Isn't that kinda like Big Mac sauce? I haven't had a Big Mac in years! I'm guessing, though, that like everything else made today, they're not as big as they used to be. Except hearts... hearts are as big as ever and filled with much love. Case in point: The Boy After a particularly rowdy...Read More
Cumin Lentils with Onions

Cumin Lentils with Onions

Do you like my chard? It's in one of our greenhouses - we call it Papa Bear.  Baby Bear houses lettuce, bok choy and red komatsuna.  Mama Bear is home to arugula, kale(s),  and a dozen varieties of fresh herbs. If I catch anyone in my cilantro stash I may have to  dig out my slingshot and peg them with a dry pinto bean.  Beware the wrath... LOL So, I bought myself a new pot: Lodge 6-qt enamel dutch oven.  It's red and I ADORE  IT!  I find myself using it for everything.  Perhaps that's because I have absolutely no...Read More
Back to Basics: Chicken Stock

Back to Basics: Chicken Stock

We all know how badly Hurricane Sandy devastated our area and for once I was glad the media  hyped it to death. Many communities were close to 100% evacuated and countless lives were saved because of it.  Having survived Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee and the resulting power outages and floods, I know that advance warning and preparation take some of the pain and suffering out of an event like that. My first thought after hearing that Sandy would impact the Northeast was, "Oh, dear GOD, no.  Not another flood." Then, I cried. Then, I gathered supplies.  I shopped...Read More
Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

All the way to market... IF there's anything left to sell. I know I sound a bit cranky right now, please overlook it.  I AM cranky.  Pretend I'm 4 and am having a tantrum but this time a cookie isn't going to fix it. It's been raining for days, and that's on top of the 4 inches of rain we had last week over a span of 4 days.  By the time all is said and done, we'll have had 8-inches in the last 8 days.  The veggies can't take it, and honestly, the people are starting to have a hard...Read More