Winter Salad

Each winter when pomegranate season rolls around Ken used to make this salad.  He left me a pomegranate, so I made my version.  Core and cut up a couple apples.  Open up the pomegranate and separate fruit from skin and membranes.  Toast some walnuts or pecans and chop.  Make a dressing with yogurt, a bit of maple syrup, and if desired vanilla.  Combine ingredients and serve.  Ken added raisins, I think.

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Beet Salad

This time of year I try old ingredients in new combinations.  This week I received some blue cheese and remembered this recipe for beet salad. Boil beets until you can slip the skins.  Chop. Set aside. Toast walnuts or pecans and chop. Set aside. In a serving bowl make the dressing: olive oil, mild rice or white wine vinegar, a bit of honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Add the beets, chopped nuts, some crumbled …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has sprouts, onions, garlic, beets, carrots, black radishes, Kohlrabi, celery root, and Cherokee Trail of Tears Dry beans.     Field Notes.  We are at the midpoint between solstice and equinox.  These mid points are where the drama happens – Solstices and equinoxes mark a conclusion of lengthening days or lengthening nights.    Most religions and folklore have names for these points: St Brigid, St Blaise, or Candlemas …

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One of Ken’s Favorites

Ken loved fruit.  Each winter he would buy pears.  And when a bunch ripened all at once he would bake them!  His recipe: Halve lengthwise and with a small spoon scoop out core.  Place cut side up on a baking pan.  Place small pieces of butter on pears.  Drazzle (a Ken word) the pears with maple syrup and brandy.  Sprinkle with ground cloves.  Bake and serve.  Leftovers are great warmed in the warming oven of …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, rutabaga, kohlrabi, daikon or black radish, winter squash or pie pumpkins, beets, carrots and cabbage Field Notes. As I write this on Monday, snow is swirling around, and I join the snow day joy of school children.  Snow acts as an insulating blanket over the garden and helps slow the frost dropping into the soil.  The frost will affect how soon soil temperatures are warm …

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Ken’s Sourdough Starters

Ken used to bake the bread in this house.  He had worked in a bakery.  So I contacted people for advice to care for his sour dough starters.         Today I decided to just give it a try.  First I got out the rye berries and rolled them         I added the sour dough starter           Then as Ken did, I added some whey.   …

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Asparagus in Winter

Each spring I freeze some asparagus.  Why?  In winter when I crave green food I make some creamed asparagus soup. For this batch I fried some onion, added stock, thyme, asparagus and some salt and pepper with a bit of lemon juice.  Then I ran batches through the blender.  It is nice to add a dollop of yogurt when serving

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has cabbage, onions, garlic, the last of the pumpkins, kohlrabi, rutabaga, carrots, beets, black radishes, and the last of the winter tomatoes. Field Notes.  As many of you already know my husband, Ken died on December 19, 2017.  Prior blog entries describe his illness and death and the obituary is posted as well.  This was a difficult harvest from the root cellar for me as I thought …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, winter tomatoes, squash, the last of the sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage. Field Notes.  We are glad to see the snow; it will act as an insulating blanket and slow the descent of the frost into the ground.  It also provides a check against erosion and will provide moisture to the soil.  Seed inventory is done, and next we hit the seed catalogs.  …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has onions, garlic, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery root, carrots, black radishes, rutabagas, winter tomatoes, and greens Field Notes.  We have some greens in hoopettes in the garden, and we will see just how they do!  This has been a season of extremes – 80 in October and a low of 5 in early November and this week may see the 60’s!  Ken has moved poultry …

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