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Sewing Day Part One

It’s March First and it’s still snowing. I’d like to be as every other New Englander and complain about it, but I’m just done. Maybe we’re all done. It’s time to adjust to the “new normal” of cold, bitter snow and probably-forever winter weather. So I can’t go outside, and half of our things are […]

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Sourdough 5 for 5

  So my experiments have been yielding consistent and pleasing results.  The last two loaves I’ve made have weighed in at 1100g, which I think really is a good size for my glass loaf pan. I’ve graduated to using the other glass loaf pan in the oven full-time to get a GREAT rise. I’m still […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Sept 25, Grocery Project & Grape Juice

It’s been an incredibly busy week so far, but we still made time for homemade grape juice. We had a bumper crop of Concord grapes at the community garden this year, so Justin & I were able to get just enough to make about a pint of grape juice without feeling too greedy. We brought the grapes […]

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Sept 5, 2014, Grocery Project

If I hadn’t been so not hungry — yet still somehow hangry — this muggy September evening, I would have photographed the most amazing remedy for such conditions. Unfortunately, I had to take a facsimile from wikipedia. I must have read about it somewhere, but  last week we bought some avocados to make “avocado egg salad” which […]

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Bag of Bags

My bag of bags is finally finished! I used probably about 100 one-use plastic bags to make this multi use bag. It took about a month to make, but I wasn’t consistent in knitting time, just little by little. Also, I found that the little produce bags were the nicest to knit. Very silky. I […]