Friday, 14 February 2014 | 46 comments

Whole roasted cauliflower

Snowed in, for the second day in a row. We’re keeping busy digging the birds out of the 16 inches of snow and trying to keep water un-frozen. (They–the chickens in particular–hate the snow, so it’s pretty hilarious to watch them dubiously eyeing the precipitation and then deciding to stay in.) Inside, other folks might be baking cookies or braising short ribs, but I’m roasting cauliflower. For the third time in a week.
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Monday, 28 November 2011 | 8 comments

Thanksgiving scenes

We headed to the mountains for Thanksgiving, holeing up in a cabin for the long weekend. A fire crackled every day, all day long. We ate. We tromped through the woods.Photobucket Louise and I don’t get to see our dad as much as we’d like, but it’s nice to see how we’re still very much his daughters, despite the distance, despite growing older. The three of us took our cups of coffee—all black—for a morning hike. I don’t know many other people who’d set off to scramble up rocks and ford mountain streams with a porcelain coffee mug in one hand. But we all did, heading out the door without giving it a second thought. I reignited a long-standing love affair with the textures of moss and lichens, gathered up pinecones and acorns (to explain to my 3-year-old step-nephew: “These are oak tree seeds, and these are Christmas tree seeds…”), and read a ’90s essay by Joan Didion.And when I got bored with that, Louise entertained me with her newest tricks. Family, food, mountains, lichens, books, and the coolest little sister: I have a lot for which to be grateful. Hope you had a good holiday, too.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 | 45 comments

Zucchini fritters

I know, I know: enough with the squash already, woman! My only response is to humbly ask that you remind me, next year, in the event that my gentleman friend and I plant separate gardens again, to not both plant summer squash. On paper, in my garden notebook, it seemed a great idea to proudly only include native, heirloom varieties in my own garden, turning my nose up at the plain ol’ crooknecks Ben was planting. Now it’s summer, and I’ve got a changed heart and an armful of squash.

So! More squash.
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Thursday, 21 April 2011 | No comments

Where are the pictures?

The site that hosts my photos is having some issues, so we’re currently picture-less here. As much as I am panicking concerned about the fate of my data, I’m┬ámore distraught thinking about any people who might have wandered over here after receiving Julie’s veggie e-newsletter that featured my bok choy stirfry. What a bad first impression! I’m trying to get to the bottom of this, so please bookmark and come back soon. –S


Update: We’re back! Picture issues were related to the Amazon outages today. Thanks for your patience! –S

Friday, 11 February 2011 | 4 comments

The yellow house

First blog posts are awkward. They usually come across as overly-sentimental or trying-too-hard. A lot of people in my life have been asking for this blog for a long time, either to see photos or get recipes (that I usually forget to email them when they request). I have a sneaking suspicion that the rest of the people who have wanted this blog would like me to have an outlet for my general rantings other than their ears. Which, I suppose, is legitimate. 

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