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May 14, 2017

Market haul. Lots of good stuff this early in the season!

Yes, I am still alive. I’ve just been…busy.

Between Friday, May 5, and this past Friday, May 12, I was home for exactly 12 hours, during which I neither cooked nor ate. Between those dates, I went to a conference, at which I contracted a stomach bug; I went shopping at an outlet mall, saw a bear (not at the outlet mall), and lost only $45 at a casino. Then I came home (after approximately 1,000 miles), slept, unpacked, repacked, and went to Little Rock for the announcement of an 800-job, $410-million project on which I’ve been working for a year and a half. Then I came back on Friday, after spending two days at the factory site with the architect.

Then I slept. A lot.

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The start of the garden! Can't wait.

The start of the garden! Can’t wait.

Complain about the US Postal Service all you want. I love ’em. And UPS, and FedEx.

The proportion of my shopping that’s being done online is growing steadily, a trend that reflects the national move away from brick-and-mortar stores. I still do my grocery shopping in person (though I expect I’ll be using the Kroger ClickList function sooner rather than later, just for the convenience of it), but increasingly, everything else comes online.

Except shoes. I want to try shoes on before I buy ’em.

Anyway, one of the great things about online shopping is when you reach into the mailbox, or look out in the carport, and get that little frisson of excitement before you remember what you ordered. “Oooohh! Packages!” It’s like Christmas.

Today, my mailperson (he actually is a mailman, at least most days) brought me two food-related packages: the first of my garden seeds, and a collection of produce bags for storing the yield from said garden in the fridge.

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Odds and ends

January 22, 2017

Beeswrap. This may be a cool thing; I have not made up my mind.

Beeswrap. This may be a cool thing; I have not made up my mind.

There’s been some cooking going on, but it hasn’t been anything particularly unusual. But looking at my photos for the past week, there have been a few things here and there that haven’t made it into posts, so we’ll just corral them here.

First, the above. This stuff interests me. It is beeswax-impregnated cotton cloth, designed to serve as a substitute for plastic wrap in your kitchen when it comes to covering containers, etc. It’s from a place called Mighty Nest, to which one can procure a $10 a month subscription that nets you a kitchen or home-related goodie aimed at making your life and home more sustainable and cutting your landfill footprint.

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The weekend cometh!

August 26, 2016

Chicken gumbo over rice, with yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant. OK, hybrid gumbo-ratatouille.

Chicken gumbo over rice, with yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant. OK, hybrid gumbo-ratatouille.

As a matter of fact, in about 18 minutes, here, I’m about to declare my home in the Eastern Time Zone and pour myself a glass of wine, because it has been a WEEK, can I just tell you? Following close upon the heels of the WEEK before that.

And I still have a powerpoint presentation I need to finish this evening because it’s due by close of business Wednesday, and I am going to be gone Monday and Tuesday. I hate to wait until Wednesday to finish it, but I may wind up doing so.

Because I would rather write about food and such.

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From the cosmetic drawer to the kitchen. Good stuff.

From the cosmetic drawer to the kitchen. Good stuff.

It’s kinda weird to head into the bathroom and scoop up a spoonful of your moisturizer to saute something in, but I’ve done it.

That’s because I’ve become a devotee of coconut oil. Admittedly, I use it much more for exterior purposes than for cooking, but it’s handy to have when you’re out of vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, and don’t want to saute in butter, as happened to me recently. (No, I NEVER run out of butter. I grab a bunch when it’s on sale and keep it in the freezer, and when I open the last pound, I buy some more. There are things of which one must just Not Run Out, and butter, coffee and vodka are three of those things.)

Anyway, coconut oil has 117 calories in a tablespoon (canola is 134, and butter is 102, while olive oil is 119), which is not out of line for other fats, but all that fat is saturated, if that’s an issue for you. Its smoke point is 350 degrees, same as butter or canola or olive oil, but unlike butter, it doesn’t brown as it heats in the pan, and like canola oil, it’s a neutral taste.

But it’s as a moisturizer and similar uses it gets the most use at my house.

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Dehydrator, which I cannot get to turn right-side-up.

Dehydrator, which I cannot get to turn right-side-up.

I’m a sucker for a kitchen gadget, as you may have figured out if you’ve been reading my blog very long.

And not just gadgets. Small electrical appliances, too.

And now I have a new one.

How it was, was like this. The damned eGullet forum has a thread devoted to kitchen gadgetry and appliances. T’other day, it had an entry that noted Aldi had food dehydrators on their special “we got a truckload of these and they’re on sale cheap” aisle. For $19.99.

OK, I thought. That might not be bad. Never really thought about having a dehydrator, but it WOULD be easier than dehydrating stuff in the oven, wouldn’t it?

I looked when I was next at Aldi. No dehydrators. OK, I figured. Must not have gone everywhere. No biggie. Lived this long without a dehydrator, guess I’ll keep going.

So earlier this week I’m at Aldi because I’m out of half and half and cream and I needed a pineapple, and for two quarts of half and half and two pints of cream and a pineapple, that’s a total of five bucks saved over Kroger prices. And I turned down the special aisle and there it was. The dehydrator. $19.99.

So I bought the damn thing.

I mean, $19.99. Why not? I’d already saved five bucks that day, so really, it was just $14.99, right?

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One more time

May 30, 2016

Bring it, bunnies! I'm ready for you!

Bring it, bunnies! I’m ready for you!

We are going to try this green bean thing one more time. And if the bunnies-from-hell brave this stuff successfully, a fence will be in the offing next year.

On the advice of several friends, I am trying Liquid Fence to keep the predators out. Fortunately, I still have a good window of time in which to plant my Kentucky Wonders. They’ll just bear a little later. No matter; they’ll be absolutely wonderful whenever they do.

I am trying to get past the fact I just paid $24 for a gallon of rotten eggs. Seriously. That’s what it is. Some similar products allegedly contain coyote pee. I don’t want to know how they collect that.

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