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Ash Wednesday & pancakes

Scallion Pancakes for Ash Wednesday?  Awww YEAH. What more a perfect way to bring in the season than allium? They are the quintessential representative of spring.  And I happened to have some sitting in a jar that needed to be used up. Do you know what else I had to use up? That’s right: sourdough […]

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It’s still snowing, but we’ve got sourdough, so we don’t care.

The past few weeks have been trying, to put it kindly.  I’ve decided to stop complaining about the weather, as there’s nothing about it that can be done.  So, fine.  We’ll just do a little bit of indoor stuff, like MAKE THE MOST AWESOME FOODS. I’ve been trying to perfect my sourdough. I’ve now baked […]

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All Signs Point

Oh. My. Stars. My friend, Petra, invited me to go with her, her husband and her sister to Niantic for their annual pilgrimage to the 30% off book sale at the Book Barn.  So first of all: The Book Barn. My first visit to The Book Barn was with my dear friend Eggie a few […]

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The Storm Has Passed

Well, it is January, and we had a storm. It is New England, after all, and we’ve been pretty lucky with a reasonably warm winter thus far.  I heard the total accumulation was only 18″ or something, but some of our drifts are waist-high, as you can see here: Really, it’s so pretty, that I’m […]

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Kombucha Cozies

So last night I started a 2 new batches of kombucha: one from the baby SCOBY, and one from a forming SCOBY from a GT Kombucha purchase.  This left me with the momma SCOBY, and I left her in the jar with her liquid, hoping she’ll make more babies with herself. I got to thinking: these […]

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Cayenne Pepper Sauce

A couple weeks ago I made a good batch of pepper sauce, which we’re still working on consuming. That batch was made out from peppers we found in the reduced-price produce aisle at the grocery store. They’re tasty, but not my absolute favorite flavor. I think Justin would agree that our favorite flavor is cayenne. It’s […]

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Milk Kefir Photo Op…

A friend of mine posted a photo of her water kefir grains that she’s brewing in a swing-top wire bale Le Parfait jar. I keep my brewed kefir in a Le Parfait jar, and it’s so meta-perfect, that I thought I’d give it an opportunity to be as sexy as storing milk kefir can be: […]

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Ginger Ale

We’ve poured our first batch of ginger ale, and it’s pretty exciting.  We made the wort out of ginger & sugar, then added lemon, vanilla and ginger bug when everything cooled. Because we keep our apartment cold by American standards (60F), we kept the ale on top of the stove so it could capture a little extra […]

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The Great Chicken Tender…

I’m tending some chickens, and I hope to be great. A little side job came up for a backyard chicken / garden handyperson, and apparently, my boots fit the poops. Today was my first day, and it was supposed to rain, but never did. It was a bit more tha 50F, which was a welcomed […]

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Fire Cider Experiment

  So a few months ago – or maybe even a year – there was some kind of scuffle going around the interwebz about this Fire Cider business. My favorite local herbalist was in a twist over some company trying to copyright the name “Fire Cider,” which is an herbal remedy spanning way before copyrights […]

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Pomegranate Pluckin’

I love pomegranates. I mean, I really, really love them.  A good pomegranate is tough to find until about Thanksgiving, and I can see they’re already starting to lose their vigor and it’s only early January. They are the thing that push me to enjoy the darkest days of Autumn, right into Winter. I was […]

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Hot Pepper Sauce

Whenever Justin or I go grocery shopping, we always hit the “reduced produce” aisle. The best thing about the reduced produce aisle is that much of the stuff just looks bad, but isn’t. At least not yet. Tonight, they had a bunch of hot peppers that were all wrinkled and turning red (the best kind!). […]

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Ginger Bug’s A-Brewin

This last six months or so, I’ve been kind of fascinated and obsessed with fermented things. It started with sourdough many years ago. It moved firmly into kefir  & sauerkraut  this fall and now into mildly alcoholic brews, namely ginger ale. Justin & I gave up commercial soda in August, but occasionally we crave a sweet […]

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Grocery Project Final Tally

Went out to Baja Burrito for lunch $14.02 + $112.63 = $113.65 Whole Foods 1 gallon organic milk  $5.99 sales tax $0.00 Total $5.99   Shaws (from 9/25) 1lb regular lentils  $1.19 seltzer water  $1.19 .77lb kale  $1.15 sales tax $0.00 Total $3.61   Not Just Spices (Indian market) 4lb split red lentils (masoor dal) […]

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Suburbia, Sofritas & Grocery Project 9/27

I don’t like suburbia. It makes me sad with its sticky pavement under beige-and-smog backdrop. There is no joy in the suburbs, only heartache. Only traffic. Only box stores and styrofoam columns covered in a thin layer of peeling stucco. Only open- and closed-malls that carry the same things every other suburb carries: broken dreams […]