After the green asparagus showed itself briefly in March, then promptly disappeared, it reappeared in April.
However, even an abundance of green asparagus, which it wasn’t, does not, in the opinion of mon mari, allow it to be used in risotto.
Occasionally, if I have a few odd pieces left, I can add them to a stir-fry, but only rarely.… Continue reading.....
I just can’t seem to avoid orange vegetables….
After five months of winter squashes I ended up putting carrots in with the slow cooker chicken.
In my defense I have no idea how broccoli or cauliflower work in the slow cooker and I had another purpose for the cabbage.
But my 3 weeks of buying other vegetables ended today….
There … Continue reading.....
The horseradish that I buy here is mild…. very mild. I can eat it right out of the jar.
I have learned that the French palate is actually more wimpy than mine.
Except for the mustard which is always very, very hot.
Use horseradish according to your taste and the potency of what is available.
I have, in the past, … Continue reading.....
Every year I wake up on this day and vow to spend the day doing only fun things.
Maybe I’ll sit in the shade and read.
Maybe I’ll spend the day with my pencils and pastels and watercolors.
Maybe I’ll watch old movies.
And this year, maybe I’ll spend the day lounging around the pool.
Every year it’s the same…. … Continue reading.....
Yes, I’m buying lettuce.
I pulled out the chewed off stumps of romaine that had been trying to grow in my potager and added them to the compost.
Fortunately, lettuce is really cheap this time of year. I can get 3 huge heads for $2.
At least I think that is cheap…. I’ve bought it so rarely I really am … Continue reading.....
The other day I thawed chicken breasts to cook on the grill for dinner.
Then it turned cold and windy and rainy….
I decided an oven dish was more in tune with the weather.
I googled chicken and potatoes to see if I could come up with any new ideas.
That’s when I learned about ‘loaded’ food.
It’s a new … Continue reading.....
This is it.
The last one of the season.
Both slow cookers have been put into summer hibernation, not to be seen again until fall.
The smoker and all three grills have been moved out of the barn and are in use.
Summer, or, at least, summer cooking has officially arrived.
Yes, yes, I know…. One can make wonderful barbecued … Continue reading.....
Over the years I have been asked about various foods that people have heard are hard or impossible to find here; peanut butter and sour cream heading the list.
We have many choices for both.
One that I was surprised to find here, but no one has asked about, is maple syrup. It just seemed uniquely American.
And so it … Continue reading.....