A couple weeks back, two of my high-school friends drove 11 hours from the Bay Area for a 36 hour visit. I hadn't really seen them since before I ended up in Utah for depression rehab (my friend Hanna's phrasing, but I'm stealing it) and I was more than a little nervous.Read More
Did you know ketchup was not historically made from tomatoes? I didn't- although as I initially told my farmwife, I also didn't think it was particularly interesting. When I went a-Googling, I was expecting to find a culinary history full of stone fruits and maybe berries, but apparently tomato-ketchup's original ancestor was a 17th century Chinese condiment made of pickled fish and spices. Yes white people- we stole ketchup. Also, the early British versions were made primarily from mushrooms (!) and sometimes walnuts. Today's second most available commercial ketchup? A banana version that hails from the Phillipines. What? Why did we get stuck with Heinz? Kellie, I apologize- this is actually fascinating.Read More
GUYS IT IS SO DAMNED HOT. Just a couple weeks ago, I spent a lovely drizzly morning pulling weeds and shoveling mulch without so much as a water break, and yet by 9am this Saturday my shirt was sweat-plastered to my back. The plants have noticed the change of season too: the bok choy is bolting, the radishes are bolting, the leeks are probably not gonna reach maturity. I’m seriously thinking about redoing some of the spring plants in our fall garden box, because a lot of things I was looking forward to are gonna have to be harvested in a hurry, and probably before they're ready.Read More
Do you know what you get when you scour the internet for recipes that use spring greens? 25 variations on cold soup. Green soup isn't something I'm historically into- it's a little too monastic, and WAY too close to green juice, which I consider an abuse of vegetables. Nonetheless, last Saturday, upon discovering some unexpected free time, I decided to run a taste test: I picked around three pounds of garden greens (sorrel! watercress! spinach! arugula!) and spent the entire afternoon following three different recipes.
Wanna play "good, idea, bad idea*?"Read More