Clearing the Drainage Ditch, Part 2

October 16, 2015

It’s going. I do about three wheelbarrows full of rocks about four times a week. That’s about two feet at a stretch.    Definite progress from last time! I’m doing chop-and-drop with the plants that have grown it over, and using them as mulch. That hillside could use a lot of mulch … heck, it […]

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[Garden] Drainage Ditch Clearout, Part 1

September 18, 2015

I spent yesterday acquiring a wheelbarrow with the help of my buddy John. Thanks, John! It’s a good thing I did. Y’see, we have this great backyard, with an enormous slope, and the nice folks who built our property installed a drainage ditch near its base. I wish I could say it was a swale, […]

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[Basics] How to Poach an Egg

September 17, 2015

It never fails to surprise me when someone asks me what a poached egg is. I’ve been eating them since I was a wee thing, and they’re easy to make. Bonus: it’s very simple to get the hardness exactly as you like.

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Equipment and Technique: A Good Chef’s Knife

September 4, 2015

One of the things I learned in culinary school was a very basic thing: how to hold and use a chef’s knife. I think it’s key for anyone who wants to have fun in the kitchen to master this very simple thing. Using a larger knife makes larger jobs easier. It’s much faster and neater to […]

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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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Chickpea and Lap Cheong Salad

August 19, 2015

The more we’ve been keeping a tight focus on Mark’s blood sugar, the more I’ve found that bean recipes are both tasty and good sources of filling, slow-digesting carbs. We used to rarely eat them, but now I find myself cooking them once or twice a week and trying to come up with new and […]

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Just a quick thing …

July 23, 2015

African blue basil. Gorgeous flowers, bees love it to pieces. It’s fuzzy so you don’t really want to eat it raw unless you shred it finely. It’s “herbier”, for lack of a better word, than regular basil. Maybe a touch more medicinal. Been growing like crazy in my yard. This little bouquet is under a […]

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Three Ingredient Fruit Salad

January 9, 2015

Three Ingredient Fruit Salad Serves two. 1 kiwi 1 tangelo 3 Medjool dates Peel and chop the kiwi, pit and chop the dates, peel and supreme the tangelo. Better to supreme than segment, tangelo membranes are tough and not so fun to eat. Combine all in a small bowl and squeeze the tangelo membrane over […]

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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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