Friday, August 29, 2008

April Fools Day

Yesterday must have been April Fools Day because there cannot be another explanation for the entirely absurd and ridiculous event that dominated our national headlines.  I love what Gail Collins has to say about it.  I'll put in my two cents when I have a little more time to write about it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Odds & Ends

Loyal Ones, I have a few minutes -probably a very few, unfortunately - to write a brief post to this neglected space. The first two pictures hint at the story of my recent life. Harvest, harvest and more harvest. The third picture is of a tiny spider web in our back yard with a little red spider in the middle. There are hundreds of these webs visible in the mornings, lit by the sun on dew. Gorgeous and amazing. And, I'm not even a nature girl. Believe me.

Jack started second grade so I have even more time on my hands to process vegetables. What I have come to realize is that I don't even like vegetables all that much. I mean, I like them if someone else is fixing them. For instance, if I were making a dinner for myself of steak or chicken, I wouldn't bother making a vegetable other than a salad and even that is iffy. If I am serving a pasta type entree for a dinner party, I never think of doing a separate vegetable besides a salad. But, my husband for some reason MUST have a vegetable at each meal (even veggie juice with breakfast) so I always prepare one. I know it is healthy, but I am just coming clean. I never miss them when they aren't there. And look! Here they are all around me.

Last night, I made basil ice cubes with extra basil from our garden. I chopped up the fresh leaves and put a generous tablespoon into each section of an ice cube tray. I covered the leaves with water and froze. This morning, I put the cubes into a freezer bag for use in recipes over the winter. I am a genius. Well, whoever suggested this process on the web is a genius. Tomorrow, I am making some hot red pepper jelly. The picture here should make it obvious why.

I am off to clean up my road bike and put some air in the tires so that I can ride it this week after over a year break from riding. If I don't ride today, I will go to the pool. In any event, I am hoping to get out of the house before Chris and Jack come home from playing tennis. Chris willingly, Jack practically at gun point. My guess is that they won't be gone long and at least one of them will come back complaining about the cruel conditions they've been subjected to.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Couldn't Resist

This might be my favorite bumper sticker ever. Made me laugh out loud. I don't even know why it strikes me as so funny, because I don't feel strongly about either position. It's just funny.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

In Case Anyone is Wondering

Why I haven't posted or called or written or anything....

I am up to my neck in peppers. Chris brought this basket in from the garden yesterday. Jack said, "Mommy, aren't you a little annoyed with Daddy's garden yet?"

The answer is, well, YES.

These are banana peppers and mariachi peppers. How many of these can one family eat? They were picked a bit prematurely so we are ripening them in bags with tomatoes, a good source of ethylene, a chemical that hastens ripening in peppers. Thank goodness for my husband I am a Food Scientist.

Speaking of Food Science, I embraced The Dairy Queen within this week and made two types of homemade cheese and homemade peach ice cream. The first cheese was ricotta - a cinch to make. Cooking Light has a very easy recipe here. The cheese was really good, by the way. I was left, however, with over a gallon of whey. I went to my oracle to ask what to do with the whey and found a recipe for Norwegian Gjotest Cheese. Pretty much all I had to do to make this unusual cheese was to slowly simmer the whey for a long time - about 5 hours- in an open pot and then scrape it into a greased pan.

It wasn't much effort. That's a good thing because if it had been, I would be pretty disappointed in the results. I think that the cheese came out as it was supposed to, but this isn't a cheese I would ever want to eat twice. It is, if this is even possible, extremely tangy, extremely salty and extremely sweet all at once. And, I mean EXTREMELY. It looks like a piece of caramel fudge. Very odd indeed.

I'll be finding another use for my ricotta whey, folks.

Off to swim with my little guy. One week until school starts and I become a grown up person again.