More anticipating-the-start-of-CSA-season-freezer-raiding here!
I whipped up a cheesy rich gooey enchilada dish using Hatch chile and bell peppers I'd put up last Fall plus ripe avocados. For me, the biggest reason why I can't be 100% local is avocados. And olive oil. And tea. And bananas. And --- heck, the list is so long--but avocados top it. …Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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As I wind down the stores of veggies I'd put up last Fall, when the weekly CSA farm share delivery was a routine--not like I'm desperately anticipating these days--I had extra carrots. Crazy, right? When we eat them with dips, in tacos and meatloaf and burgers and stew . . . and the sweet farm carrot tops are a particular favorite of Crystal the composting guinea pig.
However, excess I had, so excess I put up--by finely shredding then freezing. And over the winter, we got to enjoy…Continue
My farm share starts up the end of this month--yippee!--but in the meantime I'm foraging.
And my mentors have nurtured me, like a mother does, to help me create this recipe.
You can find the recipe…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 8, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Below I'm going to just link to the three posts this month that have been weighing heavily on my heart.
It all started a little over a month ago...
Added by Tasha Raymond on May 7, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments
Poor lil' ol' forlorn leftover guacamole gets a new lease on life in this repurposed leftover grilled cheese sandwich.
You can find the recipe…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 6, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
A quickie for Cinco de Mayo or really an all summer long drink--I freeze berries when they are ripe, and blend them up with bananas, peaches, whatever else I've got in the freezer to make these smoothies.
You can get the recipe…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 4, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments
I love creating new ways to enjoy vegetables as appetizers.
I thought this would be an interesting one for Cinco de Mayo--and adding red and green peppers would echo the colors of the flag in a yummy way.
Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 2, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
I've been in my house for thirteen years and the loquat tree in my front yard has never produced anywhere near the volume of fruit it's providing this spring. I have no idea why this is the case but for the past few months I've had to sweep up smashed fruit from my driveway every day. The volume far…Continue
Radishes used to be the items that were hard to use up in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box, but the more I've been playing with them the more the whole family is enjoying them.
It's totally a tease to share a fresh fig recipe in April. I know. But I'd never had a fresh fig until I got some in my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box. Whoa-that is some good eating!
When we moved to Ohio I thought I'd never have that fresh fig experience--after all, by the time fresh figs hit the store they are usually about to mold.
Then I took the dog on a walk through an alley a few blocks away . . . and lo and behold there was a tree with leaves…Continue
Went to the school greenhouse this morning. Picked up thyme, oregeno, and parsley. Got some tomatos I have forgotten the name of (I know which two they WEREN'T, which leaves Jet Star and the one I can't remember as the possibilities), and two mystery tomatos that volunteer grew in the recycled dirt the geraniums I chose were planted in. Grabbed some pretty hostas, marigolds, and coxcombs, too.
You may remember that I told you Mr. Fancher tends to give good deals. That's 2 of…Continue
I admit it's become pretty easy to turn to the contents of my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box and create our family's Friday Night Pizza. The flavor of fresh veggies just rocks, and it's fun to try new ways to enjoy them.
But sometimes I have failures, and that's part of life.…Continue
And then, I decided I would be this awesome doer of stuff type person...
and now I am paying for it. I did finish that section of the yard, however, and most of the second section. It's all short stuff, and I couldn't really tell where I had and hadn't been. Insufficient dandelions there. The last section will probably be done with the much lighter-weight version of that bad boy.
I am awake. I have been outside doing stuff. This is strange and abnormal due to years upon years of 2nd & 3rd shifts.
So, the chickens. Let them out to run around the yard a bit instead of the two pens they've been alternating in so far. No, the outside pen is not finished. I've still to find a door of the proper size. And screws, because the box of jars they said had screws only contained nails. Know where I can get both. Door will be free. Screws, sadly, must be got at…Continue
The more I play with the carrots from my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share, the more fun I have. We like sushi, and I can eat my age in pieces of sushi. That gets pricey, so it makes sense to make it at home.
Here's a colorful sushi roll--and I'm blown away that the photo does justice…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
You ever make a large quantity of a condiment, and then not know what to do with it? Yeah, that happened to me, too. I had so many tomatoes that after putting up crushed tomatoes, seasoned and plain tomato sauce, green tomato bacon jam and salsa . . . whew . . . I decided to try making tomato jam.
I'm still finding ways to enjoy tomato jam, and this sandwich is a winner.…Continue
When I set the radishes on this pizza I thought it looked like Easter, so I'm sharing it today.
I was trying to duplicate the awesomeness that is a radish sandwich, and added some cheeses to a tender/crunchy pizza crust and wow--my non-radish-eating son ate all the leftovers.
Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
"Can I clean out the garage gutters, Mommy?"
I let him. He took a box with him to fill one of the planters, filled it, and planted the Alaska peas. So now the pot on top of the chicken house is planted. We both agreed that the two behind the garage are too heavy for us to move, so I'll have to see if the recalcitrant one will put them somewhere more convenient.
Added by Jana Franzen on April 17, 2014 at 5:48pm — No Comments
April is Grilled Cheese month. Did you know that? The things somebody dreams up . . . but hey, I like grilled cheese sandwiches. Especially with tomato soup.
As a kid I grew up enjoying that red & white can, but I've spent the winter trying different ways to turn my pantry of quart jars of crushed tomatoes into a tasty soup. I finally hit upon a recipe that my whole family gave a thumbs up--so I'll share it as the start of my Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup series.…Continue