July harvest part 1: Oregano by Weezie

Posted on 07-20-10 · Tags: , , , ,

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The summertime chores ground me. To get the most out of the harvest I have to be in the rhythm of the earth; in tune with the seasons and the weather. It is something farmers know, but not us suburbanites. We normally do what we want when it suits us. To pick oregano when the bouquet is most fragrant, you have to do it just as it flowers. The peppermint needs to be picked in the early morning before the sun heats it and dries up its oil. If I don’t pick the blueberries when they just start turning blue the birds will enjoy every last one. If I don’t pick them when they are just ripe they will turn into hard kernels and drop off. These simple tasks, performed at the optimum time, keeps me in touch with the earth. It makes me feel connected to something bigger than myself.

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Caesar done right by Anjuli

Posted on 11-12-08 · Tags: , , ,

Caesar done right

Caesar salad is the most commonly bastardized dish I can think of. Done right it is an incredibly flavorful, savory, peppery, and satisfying meal. Done wrong it is a gloppy, sagging pile of bread and imitation cheese atop wilted yellowing lettuce flown from halfway across the world. Here I attempt to recreate the former.

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Nibblets for the big night by Anjuli

Posted on 11-04-08 · Tags: , , , , ,

Nibblets

I scrapped the TV event rituals of chips and dip, buffalo wings, and other toilet-hugging night wreckers in favor of these little nibblets. They’re friendly, bite-sized, and come in all sorts of flavors to suit the mood of the hour. Here are some options to start with. And here’s to hoping…

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