I kind of forgot we were going to have radishes- good thing Trav and Charlie are on the ball. A tasty treat to go along with brats, potato salad and jello for lunch on our last day of school- very traditional.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Every time Daddy is home at night, Charlie wants him to take a bath (I would have loved to put a picture of this up, but pretty sure it would not be appreciated- lots of bubbles, though) and make popcorn. After only one time of remembering how to make it, Trav has gotten really good at popcorn on the stove-top, we don't even add butter or salt (much better for preggo people, too). But, we have learned one very important lesson- if we give Charlie the whole bowl, he will not share, and he will sit there and try to eat the whole thing. He even tells us, "Me eat all that". So we now have to each have our own bowl.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I've been meaning to put a list up like the one below because I find it handy as a reference and I like this one from the Environmental Working Group because it is current. They analyze data from the Department of Agriculture about pesticide residue and rank foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group has estimated that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods.
Read more: Dirty Dozen Foods with High Pesticide Residue - Best Organic Foods to Eat - The Daily Green
FYI These "meatballs" are made from organic homemade play dough. Eat at your own risk. I'm not sure why they are flat, but it was cute that he needed to borrow my cookie/meatball scoop to make them.
He informed me this morning that he can bake a cake by himself. I asked him how, and he said put in pan and put pan in oven. He also told me last night "Mama have big butt", and I think he meant it as a compliment. I'm trying really hard to enjoy every second of this stage of speech development, how he talks and what he says, because I know that I'm going to miss it terribly. I will not, however, miss having play dough stuck to my floor (oh, I probably will miss that someday, too).
Monday, May 20, 2013
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set it aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir in asparagus and pour into prepared pie plate. Bake about 20 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let stand about 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 4 servings. I also added spring onions, and again delicious!
And with whole-wheat toast and jam, we had ourselves a very scrumptious breakfast for lunch (no leftovers). Seasonal eating is the best. Credit to the Wiste farm for the eggs and honey.
Friday, May 10, 2013
|A view of Lake Como.|
|A super night with good friends, good wine and good food!|
The rest of this blog-post is dedicated to Pizzoccheri. This is a dish I ate while at Bagaggera (the farm I worked at) and is particular to that small region around Lago di Como and Lecco. Cassie, the British girl living on the farm, made it for my parting supper and told me more or less how to make it. Fortunately, the cookbook my Mother gifted me a few years ago, and which I highly recommend, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, by Jessica Theroux, also offered a recipe. Although not exactly the same, I used it to guide me in making the buckwheat noodles, topped with lots of cheese, butter, cabbage, leeks, potatoes, a hint of sage, salt and pepper. The below are pictures from here in Minnesota.
|Eggs and flour.|
|Kneading it all together.|
|The finished dough.|
Silly me! I forgot to take a picture of the finished product! Nonetheless, it was delicious. If anyone would like the recipe, feel free to ask!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
So today, with spring onions, I made Rice with Carrots. I do have a lot of frozen blanched carrots left, and this is so far my favorite way, besides soup maybe, to eat them. They just aren't as good cooked and eaten plain as fresh ones are. This is the first time I didn't over cook my rice (it only took me three times), and I substituted about 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth I needed to use up for some of the water. I'll probably halve the recipe next time, but it went over pretty good with marinaded pork chops. I would put that recipe on here, but it wasn't a favorite. It was still good and moist, and the pork chops themselves were amazing, but it had more lemon juice and vegetable oil in it then I have used before. Typically I like a marinade with a lot of vinegar, and small amounts of soy sauce and Worcestershire with a little bit of olive oil.
I figured why not blog a little bit more about food. Gardening is our biggest summer hobby so its actually a good insight as to what we've been up to, and Katie and I both listened to a public radio broadcast this week about Michael Pollen, who is an author of many food books. Trav also brought home an article from the star tribune in which they interviewed the same guy! The premise of his book is that cooking is one of the most important things we can do, and yet the average person spends only 27 minutes cooking and 4 minutes cleaning up. That's per day!
I think this is the correct link, if you'd like to listen:
My mother was going on about grilled cheese sandwiches made with aged cheddar, so I had to try it for myself. We also used it plain, on sandwiches, and of course melted in tomato soup (I think we are down to just two pints of soup left for the year). It is made from grass fed cow's milk, and was rich and creamy as advertised. I'm not sure really what the consensus is on the kerrygold brand, however so far we've liked all three varieties that we've tried.