Dante’s Woods: A Birthday Menu

September 30, 2010

This past week, I had the privilege of constructing a birthday menu for my fabulous friend Jen, over at A Modern Hypatia. She’s turning 35 (happy birthday, Jen!), and wanted a party menu inspired by the Divine Comedy. Specifically, she was looking at the beginning of the Divine Comedy, in which we are introduced to […]

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Food Safety 101: Handwashing

September 28, 2010

I’m in the middle of taking a ServSafe class, since my food manager’s certification has lapsed. (Test is tomorrow — wish me luck!) To that end, I thought it’d be a good idea to relay to you folks the basics that you can easily do to ensure better food safety at home. There’s a lot […]

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

September 18, 2010
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Uncle Pasto and I are in the process of trying to get the garden rearranged for fall and winter. This is kind of … well, it’s complicated, because neither of us are experienced with turning over the garden for a new season. So it’s all kind of an experiment. Right now, we’re still getting plenty […]

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Our last CSA box

September 18, 2010
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This is our last CSA box … at least until we decide we’re not getting enough veggies out of the yard. Somehow I suspect that’s going to be a while. I promptly snitched the leeks and added them to a cheese-and-vegetable pie which was our dinner last night. I got the idea from Sundays at […]

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Vegetable Tart and Marinated Lettuce Salad

September 14, 2010

Two things: One, I’m a dork and forgot to take pictures of dinner while I was making it. Sorry. Two: dinner was so good I totally forgot to take pictures of it before it was gone. Hee. Which is a long way of saying: no pictures today, sorry. But you want to try this, pictures […]

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And this is why I cancelled my CSA.

September 11, 2010
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From left to right: a mountain of basil, a bowl of onions, a mountain of lemon cucumbers, three zucchini and a patty pan squash, a couple of “Hottie” peppers,  a fairytale eggplant, a handful of green beans, a pile of 4th of July tomatoes, a few Rainbow Blend tomatoes (one’s green and will go on […]

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Labor Day

September 8, 2010
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I’ll admit, I crashed out over the weekend. I was so tired. I took naps. Repeatedly. I don’t do that. But when Labor Day itself finally rolled around, I had enough energy and to spare, so while Uncle Pasto was barbecuing some fabulous smoked brisket, I spent most of the day working on the garden. […]

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Barbecue Chicken Thighs

September 6, 2010
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At least for the foreseeable future, my barbecue posts will probably reference Mike Mills’ book, Peace, Love, and Barbecue; and generally without using any of his recipes directly. That’s because the book’s strength is its cooking tips: Mike spends many pages discussing barbecue techniques, and the recipes are simply examples. The book might be a […]

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Howdy!

September 2, 2010

Uncle Pasto (that’s me) now has an account. Auntie Pasto will still be doing most of the publishing, but she’s given me clearance to post my better barbecue recipes. First in the queue is my recipe for chicken thighs, which should go up sometime during the four-day weekend.

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Doing some site updates

September 2, 2010

No, not any graphics updates … I wish! {: One of these days I’ll get my act together enough to get that done. I run an instance of RecipeShelf in the back end where you folks can’t see it yet. I’m doing an update to that tonight. I’m looking forward to some of the updated […]

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