Archive for the 'food' Category

Two Ted Talks

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

If you are familiar with Ted Talks, you’ll know that they’re almost unfailingly informative, interesting, and well put-together. Sofía and I watched two today that I’d like to share with you. If you’re at all interested in the intersection of food, government, food corporation profits and American health, please watch and share these talks. They’re […]

Onion blossoms

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

I’ve been wanting to try ramps for the longest time; they’ve been the culinary rage for a couple years now but I haven’t managed to find them anywhere (and it’s not like we get a lot of opportunities to eat in nice restaurants). A couple days ago I found the next best thing, a cross […]


Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

It’s not just the fruit trees that are doing well in the garden. Everything has really started to take off. We’ve already had a couple salads with homegrown arugula and two meals of spinach. I wish I’d paid more attention to planting lettuce and spinach in the spring, but I tend to overlook them in […]


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Late spring might be my favorite season in the garden. Everything swells with life, eagerly burgeoning with promise, as yet unravaged by bugs and disease. The weeds are under control, the weather is nice enough to go out every day. Peaches. For the first time, Negronne figs. It was transplanted this year from the pool […]

Three beds full

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Both of the girls graced me with two hour naps this afternoon, and I got so much done in the garden! I spread 12 wheelbarrows – 72 cubic feet – of compost on top of the first three newly-tilled beds. I’m using it as mulch, to plant through, because it’s still fairly rough. That’s just […]

First crush

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

I’ve been remiss! I just realized I never posted about our winemaking endeavor; and it was begun in January. One would think I didn’t like wine that much! (One would be wrong.) It’s not wine from our own grapes, alas. Those, I can barely get to stay alive, much less produce fruit. This was a […]

Feeding my family

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Mid-April is pretty late for a blog post on seed starting, but then I seem to be late with absolutely everything this year, on and off the farm. (3 weeks til Mother’s Day and I’m only just now trying to put my pendants in local stores!) This one question, however, is vital and timeless: how […]

Convenience food makeover: Instant Oatmeal packets

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We ran out of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal packets – one of Sofía’s regular breakfast staples – the other morning. Little paper packets full of mostly-sugar and fake flavorings that microwave up to an appetizing gray mush. Yum. They really aren’t that high in calories, even given that they are mostly sugar, and I thought […]

Easter cookies!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Marshmallow-tailed bunnies! I made a big batch of sugar cookies for the Mom’s Club Easter Party, which sadly got promptly put in the freezer after the party was postponed due to last week’s freak snow storm. I just heard today that the party has been cancelled, so these cookies again saw the light of day […]

Just say no to Hershey’s

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I started making our own chocolate syrup back in March of 2011. I wanted chocolate syrup in the worst way. I wanted to make my own Bailey’s (because I am a cheapskate), and was also looking for an easier way to make chocolate milk & cocoa (because cooking cocoa from scratch for impatient 2 year […]