Right now you’re thinking either, “Ooh! CSA!” or “CS…what?”
It’s Community Supported Agriculture. And I love it. What it means is that The Yankee and I essentially bought into a local farm, and in exchange we get a box of food every week. I wanted to do a CSA for years but I couldn’t hide [...]
Just like last year, I planted a bunch o’ tomatoes in the garden in the back yard. Unlike last year, my tomatoes this year came under attack (ATTACK I say!) by bugs. First it was worms (tomato worms? Hornworms? I don’t know. Icky worms). Then came the stinkbugs. All my tomatoes were being eaten and [...]
Remember when I wrote a cautionary tale about cast iron? Allow me to review:
Rust is not your friend.
I know. This is shocking news to you all.
I’m happy to report that picture up there is all the same pan. A bit of an improvement, yes?
The folks at Lodge told me [...]
Remember this post?
Turned into this:
Pretty awesome, huh? And this is after I pulled a few things, too — like the green beans, which were taken over by ants. Grr. But I did get a bunch of them blanched and frozen first.
In my little 8×4′ garden I grew:
Brandywine tomatoes [...]
I have a new toy! After doing a few batches of flour tortillas rolled out by hand, I realized that, um, I’m not very good at rolling out an actual circle. I bought this cast iron tortilla press from Amazon and I love it! I went with cast iron rather than lighter weight aluminum because [...]
Wanna know how much The Yankee rocks? A LOT.
He built this:
And, because that line in Rocky Top about the dirt being too rocky by far is all true, we filled the raised bed with this:
Saturday morning we headed out to Home Depot with The Kiddo. We [...]
You know this is going to be good, don’t you?
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen and LovesToEat.
You will need:
1 cup Guinness beer 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs [...]
Want to know what happens if you let your cast iron sit around, unused, with a lid fused to the skillet? Allow me to show you.
Please to remember: I have a love of cast iron. A serious, deep, and abiding love. And the pretty, shiny skillets to prove it:
I’d like you to meet my BFF in the spice cabinet: Miracle Blend.
Why do they call it that? Well, because it is indeed a miracle. For reals. It is the fastest, easiest way to transform anything with a single spice (that makes it sound a little bit like Superman). I use [...]
Do we all remember my Pain de Mie fail? Cute, right? Well this is what happens when you actually have a pain de mie pan:
Square bready goodness.
Following this recipe from King Arthur Flour (I know, you’re shocked), I let the bread rise to within about 1/2 inch of the top [...]