Archive for the 'Cooking' Category

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, […]

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, October 29th, 2009

Clockwise from bottom left: peppers, carrots, kale, lettuce, parsley, nappa cabbage, tomatoes and chilis, onions, eggs, and red kuri squash, apples and eggplant in the mush pot. I feel compelled to admit that I left chard, beets and another head of lettuce behind, but took an extra nappa cabbage. I sauteed a head of nappa […]

Racking my crush

Monday, October 26th, 2009

You may recall that I took home some crushed grapes from Calistoga, lo these may weeks ago. I had been keeping half an eye on them, sitting in their bucket in my back porch. I would punch the must back down into the juice, smelling a faint whiff of fermentation. But there was no furious […]

A peck of pickled pears

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Well, really it’s a passel of poached pears, since I can’t think of a word for “80” that starts with P. I spent a couple hours in the kitchen at Eulipia yesterday afternoon, peeling and poaching the pears that have been sitting in the walk-in cooler since we picked them back in, what? August? And, […]


Monday, October 12th, 2009

In between everything else on Thursday, I blitzed through all of my accumulated apples to make an apple pie to take up to Calistoga. Using my wonderful peeler-corer, slicer, I soon had a huge bowl of sliced apples, which macerated in lemon juice and sugar overnight, before combining with two boxes of puff pastry for […]

Twice baked

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

So I made lots of cookies yesterday. I looked at lots of biscotti recipes, which are mostly normal cookie-type doughs (butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder) but I was intrigued by a recipe in The Italian Baker, by Carol Field, which was more of a genoise-type batter (beaten eggs and sugar) without the butter. But […]

Le Menu

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I dropped off the pears at Eulipia this afternoon, anxiously leaving them in the cooler for almost two months. I’m really hoping they’ll just hibernate, but the walk in is pretty cold, and I sorted out all of the ones that weren’t hard and green, so I’m trusting in that. I haven’t totally settled on […]

Can-can girl

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Or, My “Can-Do” Attitude. Last night’s meeting with Mike and Steve Borkenhagen of Eulipia was very energizing. They’re being so very generous with our fundraising dinner, doing it for us at cost and being very flexible about menu and seating arrangements, depending on how many tickets we sell. As soon as Amie has a page […]

Have pole picker, will travel

Monday, August 17th, 2009

No photos today. I picked a lovely kumquat tree, about six weeks too late, but the kumquats were enormous and seedless, so it is certainly a tree we should return to in force next year. I’ll bring the fruit with me tomorrow, and we can distribute it. I’ve about got to the point where I […]

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