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3 Apr

Mr. C. Pinchy by DTR.

Getting back into the groove of things here at home.  Odd to know that my season has changed.  Glad to know that cooking and food has fully re-entered my life.  I am in a big list mood, it seems that is all i do is make lists.  So here is another one to add to my posts.  The food list of 2012.

Food/Summer Goals I Want to Reach

  1. Write the class outline
  2. Take a photography class
  3. Plant my garden
  4. Bake 6 new cookies
  5. Bagatelle time
  6. Outline 2 other singles
  7. Write a short story
  8. Take a foraging class
  9. Eat more local meat
  10. Join a CSA
  11. Eat a lot more veggies
  12. Have a seafood party
  13. Have a party at the house
  14. Go to the cleve
  15. Be happy everyday

Sprouting Projects

9 Mar

As promised I will let you all in on what is growing in my kitchen, my projects.  I have my garden growing right now, I have sun gold tomatoes, moon and stars melons, sumter cucumbers, Florentine tomatoes, and eggplant.  Yeah!  I am very excited that the Italian tomatoes grew.  They taste great and are fairly large.  I am also going to get some climbing beans, maybe a pumpkin or two, zucchini, and peppers going.  Not to mention to revive the kick ass herb garden I got when we bought the house.

2 weeks in the sun in the little green house.

In other kitchen news I have been busy making biscotti for a boss.  I am sure the post will make it up one day on his site.  Biscotti are interesting cookies that last for a while, especially if you make a lot.  Dunking biscotti in milky coffee  or in a latte is great.  I would rather have a glass of Vin Santo to go with it, but I need to find a good bottle.  Hmmmmm I feel a wine adventure coming up with my obsession with sweet and stickies. For now I will stick with almond and chocolate chip.

Beets have also invaded the kitchen.  I made a Russian borscht with a beef short rib broth base from the March 1997 Bon Appetit.  Most excellent results with the recipe used.  The beets were roasted in the oven for an hour and a half, cooled, then peeled, and diced; with gloves on (so my hands don’t turn red).  The other cool beet project was a sweet pickled beets.  I have never pickled a beet, but I sure do love beets.  I did not start my love affair with beets until 2001 when I visited New Zealand for rugby.  Before then I would not eat them, they tasted like dirt; kinda funny since I am Polish and we always had them for Sunday dinner.  Now they are a power root vegetable for me & Mr Big.

For the pickled beets I used cider vinegar, water, salt, white sugar, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, and all spice berries.  Brought it to a boil then added the battonet of beets and simmered it for 20 minutes.  Then allowed it to cool and put it in a glass jar in the cooler.  I need to wait a few weeks and then boom, beet time.  Cool project.  Thanks Cookbook Archaeology.

The last thing I want to mention is that I did my first canning project.  Yeah, I know I am all over the show, but that is how my head works.  It is going to work this way until I actually sit down and get some focus in this blogging endeavour. I hopped on to Punk Domestics and found a sister post about canning clementines.  I had a bunch laying around and I went a head and did it.  Thank you Arctic Garden Studio and Simply Canning

Yes, I boiled, sanitized, made a sugar solution, and canned.  Check out these pictures.

I must say there is a lot going on in my head.  I need to practice saying what I do for my job, the adventures I go on, my curling path, and my life in general.  The spring is coming and focus is needed for the future of this blog and for me.  All in all it is a lot of fun.  Smiles or at the very least a smurk everyday. Ciao!