Weekly Homestead Report (9/11/17-9/18/17)

September 24, 2017

Weather: Still in the 90s. What can I say? It’s September in SoCal. Harvested: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, roasting peppers, French strawberries, raspberries (a few). Cooked: Baba ghanoush. What we’re eating: ham and green onion quiche, baba ghanoush, lots of leftovers — why? We’re headed out of town. That’s why this post is late […]

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It’s Apple Season!

August 31, 2017

Here in southern California, apple season has just hit full stride. We don’t have any apple trees at our place, so we hauled ourselves off to Julian this past weekend. Ah, Julian. A picturesque town in the mountains, known for Girl Scout camps, Boy Scout camps, church camps — did we mention camping? — and […]

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Theme under construction

August 26, 2017

The WordPress update borked my site and made my theme disappear. I’m working on fixing it, please stand by!

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Dealing Tomatoes out of a ’95 Tercel

August 24, 2017

You ever have one of those days where you look at your garden and go “well … shoot”?  I hit “overrun with tomatoes” more than once this summer. I made over a gallon of dried tomatoes. Three quarts of roasted tomatoes. Two batches of conserva. Two gallons of tomato sauce that went into the freezer. […]

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This is a test of the emergency broadcast system —

May 10, 2017

Well, no, not really. Actually, it’s a check to see if my nifty WordPress app is crossposting to Tumblr correctly. Fingers crossed, it is. If you’re a Tumblr fan, you can find me over there at http://auntiepasto.tumblr.com. Where’ve I been? Busy. With about a bajillion things. Drainage ditch did get cleared. Veggie beds did get […]

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Bad Eggplant

August 21, 2015

Blech! Pretty sure I picked a bunch of my eggplants too late. It’s hard to tell with these. I’ve been growing Listada de Gandia, and mine didn’t quite turn out as advertised. More white, smaller eggplants. Thought I picked them in time, but noooope. It’s pretty bad when the taste includes a chemical burn on […]

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Thinking about what I cook

August 20, 2015

This little bit of introspection is brought to you by the fact that I’m reading an Indian slow-cooker cookbook, and feeling a little sad. I love Indian food. I really do. It’s one of my favorite cuisines, and it’s difficult for us to go out and get it, because restaurant Indian food is pretty high-carb […]

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Holiday Leftovers Ramen Stock

January 1, 2015

This is so simple, and a great basis for healthy comfort food after way, way too much holiday fare. Holiday Leftovers Ramen Stock 1 large ham bone, some meat attached 1 chicken carcass, some meat attached, or 2 chicken legs and 2 chicken thighs 1 small onion, quartered, no need to peel 3 large slices […]

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[Basics] Creamy Cucumber Salad

November 19, 2014

Last-minute throw-together last night. Simple, easy, refreshing, and fast. No leftovers, so no pictures, sorry! Creamy Cucumber Salad 1 large English cucumber 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 generous Tbsp. sour cream 2 generous Tbsp. mayonnaise juice of half a lime or lemon one large sprig of basil, minced salt, pepper, paprika to taste Peel […]

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Savory Oatmeal (Kalua Pig Version)

October 10, 2013

Uncle Pasto is a diabetic. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before. What this means: oatmeal with maple syrup or brown sugar in the morning is right out, no matter how much all the rest of us may think it’s delicious. I’m not a fan of having to cook separate meals for everyone (this is […]

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