Category: Winter

 

Time for to find glory in your root vegetables! Soups, salads, stews, roasting, saute’, so many wonderful things to enjoy during the winter months. From potatoes to beets with onions in-between. Hearty and healthy for winter enjoyment.

Creole Sugar ‘N’ Spice Pecans

Creole Sugar ‘N’ Spice Pecans

Also known as... those damn pecans! Why?  Because you won't. Be able. To stop. Eating them. I made a test batch to check on seasoning, then promptly ate nearly all of them before my event.  I had to get more raw nuts to make batch #2. I first made these nuts as a mocktail munchie for a Painting Night Out at the Farm workshop that my dear friend Jen and I hosted this past Friday night.  We're having another one on Friday April 11th if you're interested in joining us.  Friends gather for a few hours of intuitive mixed-media creation,...Read More
Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Quesadilla

Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Quesadilla

Quesadilla, should that be in the Geography Bee? Thomas said he does NOT want to participate in the Geography Bee at school tomorrow.  They took a preliminary test and he got 30 out of 35 correct, however... he only knew ONE of those answers for sure.  The rest were guesses. One that he guessed correctly?  Where is the Klondike? He guessed Alaska.  Why?  Because Klondike bars are ice cold and so is Alaska. That's using the old noggin, I'd say! I don't know about you, but I am not one of those people who writes out the meal plan for...Read More
Baby, It’s COLD Outside!

Baby, It’s COLD Outside!

So warm up that kitchen with a simmering pot of classic beef stew... Says the girl who, up until about a year ago, didn't eat beef.  Occasionally I'd eat pork, rarely chicken, always bacon (does that count?).  Then something clicked.  Perhaps it was having a very persuasive man sitting across from me at a restaurant table holding up a fork with a hopeful glimmer in his eye.  "Don't you want to try some?  It's DELICIOUS!" (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
All I Wanted for My Birthday was Virus Protection

All I Wanted for My Birthday was Virus Protection

Happy 2012 everyone! I'm sorry I've been out of commission lately.  It appears as though some little cyberbeast decided to take up residence in my computer and now that it's fixed, I can get back to business.  Luckily, I only have to trade foodstuffs for top-notch tech work and with lots of time on my hands right now, I can cook up a storm (thank you Fletch)! Oh yeah, and I also celebrated my 29th birthday! Yes, again.  Shut up.  We had a wonderful night and Thomas got to experience 'hibachi' for the first time.   If you could have seen his eyes...Read More
Ice Princess

Ice Princess

That was my nickname growing up. I even had a tiara which I wore to all family functions. It was cute, and although I was a moody skootch (Love that word - thanks, Denise!) I still loved my family to death and did everything I could to be helpful. But there was a cloud of annoyance, irritation.   "You want me to do WHAT with the kids? Ride the Sesame Street roller coaster? OH JOY!" Ask my aunts what they remember of me (the oldest of 6 very close cousins) and the rest of the kids at the Orange County Fair...Read More
Maple Orange Butter, Dentistry, and the Pursuit of Good Toast

Maple Orange Butter, Dentistry, and the Pursuit of Good Toast

Maple syrup and orange zest are a great combination when bound together with the light, fluffy goodness of butter. Geographic opposites be damned! In my last CSA newsletter, I wrote about assorted compound (flavored) butters that can be used to jazz up cooked winter squash. Well, I had an acorn squash calling to me... "Bake me! Bake me!" So I did. And it was good - don't get me wrong. It was sweet and nutty and wonderful. I thought I'd do a nice thing and get my darling boy involved in dinner preparations yet again. So I left a stick of...Read More
Retreating from Progress

Retreating from Progress

Eat Local and Eat Seasonal are inescapable buzzwords these days.  They are all over the news and for the most part we all think that style of eating is a great thing, right?  Well, yeah - until we're just 'dying' for that tomato for our salad in January or by March we've got a hankering for fresh peaches on our cereal.  And when we WANT something, how concerned are we about where it's coming from? Chances are, not very.  [caption id="attachment_1555" align="alignleft" width="300"] Everyone pitched in to feed the family.[/caption]                   Now remember, not...Read More

The Freezer Wasteland

[caption id="attachment_1327" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption=""You're no match for me! Your icy length taunting me from afar. I'll get you... and if I don't, my ally the Sun surely will." "][/caption] You have one too, right?  The freezer, be it upright, chest or attached to your beloved fridge, tends to be forgotten territory - especially the back or bottom.  We all know the ice cream sits front and center - no need to reach or look any further!  [caption id="attachment_1325" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Maybe we need snow tires on the wheelbarrow?"][/caption] I'm mid-way through my New Year Clean and Purge event.  Each room,...Read More