I love a lazy summer day with trips to the pool and hikes on the shady trails outside of town. But lazy summer days make for treacherous summer evenings as Brian and I race to put together a dinner that uses up as much CSA produce as possible and then shepherd our tired, hot, always hungry children through dinner and tooth-brushing and stories before they melt down. Occasionally we succeed. [Read more…]
This is a consolation salad. As far as consolations go, it’s tops – sweet strawberries and green spinach tossed with smoky bacon and a bacon fat balsamic vinaigrette. Still, it’s not the post I’d wanted to share this week. Last Friday, my 8 year-old’s odd summer cold progressed from annoying cough to an inability to breathe and an ambulance ride in the space of about twelve hours. Today, her little sister’s sick. She doesn’t seem as bad, but we’re heading to the doctor soon anyway. [Read more…]
Fermentation is a mysterious alchemy that’s intimidated me for years. The idea of harnessing bacteria to create my favorite foods felt like something only an expert could pull off. I was also pretty sure it would smell terrible.
Then my friend Autumn Giles’ book Beyond Canning, New Techniques, Ingredients, and Flavors to Preserve, Pickle, and Ferment Like Never Before landed on my doorstop. Autumn quickly allayed my fears, showing me how simple fermentation really is and walking me through the process step-by-step. I was ready! [Read more…]
A weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.
Summer has arrived. For real. We’ve had a few cool, rainy summers with temperatures barely topping 90 degrees, but my phone predicts we’re in for a solid week of 90 plus. And while I’m OK with a little summer swelter, leafy greens and a host of cool weather loving vegetables are not. We’ve been slowly harvesting our garden greens and lettuces, but this weekend, I’ll need to pull them all in because they’re going to bolt any second. [Read more…]
A weekly spring produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.
As interest in local food has taken off in recent years, so have CSAs. But even really dedicated local eaters can be surprised, and possibly dismayed, by what actually shows up in their shares. [Read more…]