Archive for November, 2009

Cooking up at least a vort lobe

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

It will not be news to you if I say that I’ve been an unmotivated blogger, despite my oft-professed disdain for blogging about not blogging. But lots of blog-worthy things have occurred, so here’s a pre-Thanksgiving buffet of food and water excitement. First, in the news, we have the NY Times holding forth, quite rightly, […]

Fried Green Tomatoes

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I was short on inspiration this morning, but I finally settled on stuffed chard to cook at the farm workday. I led a group of San José State students out into the field to pick chard; they were struck by the fact that we were picking weeds to eat for lunch, and a bit taken […]


Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Today is the last day of the 2009 summer CSA. Tom has loaded us down with winter squash in time for Thanksgiving. And a good thing, because the nation is facing a shortage of canned pumpkin. Not that I use canned pumpkin; I usually roast Sugar Pie pumpkins and blend the flesh with eggs and […]


Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Wild chard grows all over Prusch park, and Amie asked me to cook some today. Did you know that chard and beet are the same species? Hence the Italian name for chard in the title. It’s also the same species as the mangelwurzel (which, to be honest, is really a large beet, anyway) and is […]

Away the sewage!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Just as “alternative conveyance” is another word for “peripheral canal,” so “sewage sludge” has become “biosolids.” At last night’s CAG meeting, we talked about what we’re going to do with all of it, whatever it’s called. Currently, the WPCP devotes almost 800 acres of the plant lands to the sludge lagoons and drying beds that […]


Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Well, well, what have we here? Clockwise from top left we have: chard, kale, lettuce, beets, parsley (I took an orphan, too,) baby bok choy, kuri squash, apples, carrots, radicchio, tomatoes, and cabbage. As well as an indifferent blogger, I’ve been an indifferent home cook lately, so I had to get rid of some sad […]

Alviso gets what it wants

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Yesterday, the SCVWD Board voted 7-0 to approve the Alviso Slough “Restoration” Project, as Paul Rogers reports in the Merc. (The Board meeting itself was interrupted by a visit from Governor Schwarzenegger, who chose SCVWD headquarters as the backdrop for signing the water conservation bill.) I haven’t got a lot to say, other than I’m […]

Pumpkin Gnocchi, untasted

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I wake up on Sunday mornings wondering what I’m going to cook at the farm workday. Today I wanted to use pumpkin, and after contemplating the lack of an oven, decided on pumpkin gnocchi. I brought flour, butter and an egg, plus bought a cheap saute pan on the way to the farm. Angela was […]


Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Another rainbow assortment today: I’ll admit right off that I left a bunch of chard in exchange for the radicchio and an extra cabbage, and I would have left the beets if I had unearthed them. I have a lot of roasted beets already. Clockwise from the bottom we have: carrots, potatoes, eggs, apples, beets, […]

Día de los muertos

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Despite the extra hour vouchsafed unto me by the federal government, I dragged my sorry self to the farm an hour late this morning. I stopped at Mi Pueblo at the corner to pick up queso fresco, salsa, pan de muertos y masa harina and we made veggie fajitas (“no meat-ahs”) with fresh tortillas. Corn […]

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