#LaborDay weekend: grilling, canning & the dinner blues

It’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend, the holiday that signals the start of the school year, the summer’s slow demise into fall and, more optimistically, the near arrival of goodies like apple cider and pumpkin-spice everything. It’s also a work holiday that means — perhaps most importantly — I get a break from teaching … Continue reading

#Canning summer’s bounty: up to my elbows in peach jam & tomato sauce

It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night, and I’m elbow deep in peach juices, trying to recall the satisfying feeling I felt a week before when I sealed off the last few jars of tomato sauce. This time, it’s peaches. Millions of peaches, it seems. I’m not even halfway through my half bushel (it didn’t … Continue reading

Papalo: a new-to-me herb & salsa recipe

Papalo. I saw a bunch of this stuff at Farmer Jesus’ table at the market recently and I couldn’t resist. I always ask him what he does with things, only to remember that he’s basically too busy farming to cook much. So then he tells me what other customers tell him they do with it. … Continue reading

Kombucha Culture: the how & why of fermented tea

We’ve taken the leap… We brewed tea. But not just any tea. Tea that has since been sitting in a 2-gallon jar with a SCOBY, fermenting into a glorious beverage called kombucha. While I’ve known about kombucha for a while and relied on its probiotic benefits after returning from overseas trips, the drink was new … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary to my favorite person!

Happy anniversary to my husband of four whole years! I can’t quite describe the awesomeness that is this man. I mean, I knew he was great when I decided to marry him, but I had no idea how great. Truly! I have been amazed more and more every year at what a great decision I … Continue reading