Couldn’t decide on one thing to talk about tonight, so you’re getting it all –
- Yarn came in for this year’s sweater project!
2. Multi-colored yarn is spun & resting on the bobbin!
3. Chicken Florentine was a success! The Italian-themed fiestaware was strictly a coincidence!
I was thankful this morning to wake up in a warm bed and hear the wind blowing outside.
I am thankful Xopher is my life partner.
I am thankful to live in a time and place where food flows like manna. Especially today.
Xopher’s homemade pie crust of lard & whole wheat pastry flour, before & after filling… my gingerbread with its secret ingredient… and my holiday staple, let’s call ’em zucchini poppers.
It’s six o’clock, I enter the kitchen and take out the recipe for black-eyed peas I had printed out – the source was “Forks Over Knives,” a vegetable-forward publication. I begin slavishly following the directions because that’s how I roll. I find myself spooning tomato paste and other ingredients into a pot of water and dried black-eyed peas that have soaked since last night. Then I realize… tomato paste? You’re not supposed to try to cook dried beans with tomatoes or anything acid!!! They won’t cook!!! Those IDIOTS. Now look what I’ve done.
I let them cook for an hour, finding other stupidities throughout the recipe as I looked harder. Why is there only salt at the end!? What fat am I supposed to “grill” these onions & mushrooms in, anything!? Etc.
The beans did pretty much cook, though they certainly weren’t creamy. I took it upon myself to salt and spice everything in sight and add butter to the onion/mushroom thing.
No more stupid recipes! Don’t I know how to cook by now?!
This was a couple of nights ago. There are only five things on that plate:
- Carrots from my garden
- Kale from my garden
- Pasta from Grand Isle, VT
- Butter from Cabot, VT
- Garlic from… Sara. “Blue Apron” – so god knows where.
The beer is from our visit to Ellsworth, ME.
Doubling down on local food.
Dumplings, Asian greens – and spanakopita.
The spanakopita was delicious.
Though it looks a little this side of burnt, I liked the crunchiness.
And that’s a quibble anyway. Also made Caesar salad.
This was the winning dessert at the Dessert Smackdown last week. They sell them at the pastry case at the Inn at Essex. I highly recommend them.