Archive for the ‘Canning & Recipes’ Category


Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Some time last year I was crunching a box of spendy store-bought granola and thought, “Waaaait a minute; I can make this stuff! I don’t have to waste all this money on corn syrup and BHT and methylchloroisothiazolinone*.” (Ever wonder how the stuff you buy in the store stays fresh in the months between the …

Green tomato/raspberry jam alchemy

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

When the cold weather hit a few weeks back, Jess was forced to pick all of her tomatoes, even though few of them were ripe. The adolescent fruit* huddled in the mud room for a few weeks, huddled together in boxes and buckets, awaiting their transition from green to red. Then they started all turning …

The Case of the Elderberry Placebo

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Do placebos really work against illness? And if they do, who really cares if they’re a placebo? I’ve been reading a Nancy Drew book to Abby and Katie every night; last night we finished The Secret of Mirror Bay. The question posed above sounds like a question for Ms. Drew (avoiding all questions of equivalent …

Hold the onions

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Noodles the cat turns her back on some of this year’s onions, just like many a child. I grew up with onions in my food, so I like them. Jess didn’t discover cooking with green onions until she married me, and now she’s a devoted fan. (Thus the next generation is unwittingly drawn in to …

Greenhouse update

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever posted a picture of the inside of the greenhouse, at least once it started making things green. Here you see the wraparound shelves made of office light fixtures; Emma and I completed the shelves on the right after I wrote about them, but Jess found to my consternation that not …

Spring music

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

It’s a bit like Satie. Or, in our case, Satie played by daughter Emma on our old piano. On a fresh Saturday morning, spring sunshine gleams in the dining room windows (which you can tell I’ve washed, not altogether effectually, with my homemade window cleaner) (It’s the squeegee’s fault!). These cold jars of cider have …

Mmm, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Dummies

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Well, practice makes perfect. And this, my friends, is as perfect as I’m likely to get making bread. Not to brag or anything, but I FAR prefer our bread to the sliced mystery you get at the grocery store. I like this stuff so much I’ve asked Jess to pack two slices (with homemade butter, …

Spring canning

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Wait a minute …Doesn’t canning happen with harvest? Like fall time? Yup. But it also happens whenever a surplus of empty jars coincides with a big sale on frozen chicken breasts. Jess had me pick up some meat on Monday, and when I got home on Wednesday there were 25 quarts of canned chicken (and …

Homemade sour cream

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I promised you Homemade Week last week, and I made good on that promise by staying home on Friday. So no post. Actually I wasn’t home much that day, having accepted an invitation to spend my day off first at the local high school career day, talking up my career (such as it is), and …

It’s homemade week!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Actually I can’t make weeks at home, so I can’t truthfully advertise homemade weeks. If I could, I would have made about a thousand of them already and quit my job. In the absence of that, however, I’ll document all the homemamde stuff I made this weekend. I’ll also try to document how those homemade …

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