Category: Playing With My Food

Week in Pictures

This week has definitely been about food, full stop. At my husband’s natural grocer employer, some of the food that they can’t sell anymore on the shelves (due to expiration dates, aesthetics, and what-not) comes up for grabs for employees to take home. (Most of the food actually goes to gleaners and the food bank, but the “blue slip” that…

Going to Camp: Grown-up Style

Yesterday was pretty rad. Charcuterie Camp was our Monday, and I think my husband has discovered the true meaning of hog heaven. Here’s a bit on our day, with lots of photos at the end… With Dan’s participation in the Portland Meat Collective, we JUMPED at the chance to spend the day with legendary French/American cook & authorĀ  Kate Hill…

Apples…or Alcohol?

Umm, so yeah, this year’s canning season came to somewhat of an unceremonious end when, after a frightful number of attempts to find Calville Blancs, my favorite apple for canning (even above the Granny Smith), ended up all failing – from being promised a certain vendor would have them at the farmer’s market to a local heritage grower ignoring my…

Hallelujah Tomatoes!

As we finish off this kick ass tomato season in the garden (I’ve decided to attribute it to the poopy duck water from their tub that we used as occasional fertilizer), I decided I wanted to celebrate the remarkably strong season we had, enabling us (after inhaling multiple bowls of caprese, of course) with our 14 plants to preserve 10…

Week in Pictures

Greatest hits from our Long Beach escapades…from the gorgeous fog on the bridge to Astoria to the only good sunset shot (from behind the dunes to avoid the cars on the beach) to Dan’s first time in an American arcade (and – clearly – licorice ice cream!) to some snuggle time with Ruby…ultimately he and I? Stronger than ever. Our…

The Meat Man Cometh…

As my sweetheart prepares to hit the big 5-0 in a couple weeks, I decided to surprise him a bit early with a birthday present (we like making birthdays last as long as humanly possible) and gave him a meat grinder with sausage stuffer, something he as a meat fanatic had been dying to have. He was STOKED! It was…

Rhubarb Buttermilk Bread

Last year we finally divided our rhubarb and moved them from an out-of-the-way spot in our backyard, integrating them into our front garden. We have definitely fallen in love with the potager style of garden, where flowers and edibles grow together whenever possible, and the gorgeous huge leaves of the rhubarb plant are a pretty awesome addition – and now…

Week in Pictures

Dan’s April charcuterie project was Bresaola! He bought 2 lbs of Oregon Country Beef‘s top round beef and cured it with a combination of #1 pink salt, juniper berries, bay leaf, salt, sugar – after having soaked it in red wine. WOW this is good – and I am not a huge fan of beef. It is so lovely so…

Week in Pictures

The garden is slowly but surely starting to shape up, with the spinach finally ready for first round of harvesting. Due to our slick little Gang of Four and their appetite for destruction, I’m growing a bunch of sunflowers into fairly tall starts for the back yard so that they don’t get munched or trampled by the eight webbed feet.…