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on weekend cooking

Weekday cooking and weekend cooking are completely different beasts. Monday-Friday it is about sustenance and fuel. MUST GET FOOD IN BELLY. There is simply more of work and life that makes the relatively simple of act of getting food into your belly *seem* harder so we reheat, assemble, and indulge in the world of quick. […]

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happy CSA day!

   Once it hits spring, we switch from a medium share to large share at our local farm and with the 12yo home for all but one of her weekly meals, this switch could not have come at a better time. We are going through LOTS of food at el castillo. This stash is obviously […]

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kitchen = function

   It has been a hard few days around here and the kitchen has been reduced to absolute function. Mac & cheese, quick sandwiches, and nachos are about all that is happening in there. In place of magic and care there has been ramen. I don’t think we can stand it much longer, so today […]

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yay for CSA!

We haven’t picked up our CSA box since the end of January so I am super-duper excited to have some yummy, farm-fresh veggies to work with this week. Pantry and freezer living shows off all my preservation and improvisation skills, but it still doesn’t beat FRESH. I have kale, spinach, mixed salad greens, beets, carrots, […]

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no CSA!

Decided to bump out our CSA pick-up by a week to give myself a bit of a break. Meals this week are getting pieced together with the pantry and a handful of grocery-store veggies yet to be determined.

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winter stretch & salsa cravings

   We have officially reached the part of the food season where I am closely guarding my tomato stash (so low this year!!) and counting down to the change in season. Currently fending off our fresh salsa lack with this lovely shelf-stable habanero sauce that I put up last summer. Charring the habaneros on the […]

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go-to recipes

   I’m sure you guys have them – those gems that you go back to so often that you don’t really need to look at them. Well I have accumulated a kazillion of those over the years. The recipes that I have on repeat tend to have only a handful of ingredients and are simply seasoned, making […]

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freeze your greens

January means lots and lots (and lots) of greens in our CSA stash and honestly, it is tough to make it through that many greens! To help reduce waste, I’ve turned to this quick preserving method that both keeps the greens out of the garbage and keeps portions at the ready year-round. Frozen Greens Ice […]

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cake for breakfast

   If reaching 41 has earned me anything, it is the right to eat what I want when I want it. Today that means cake first thing in the morning! Today is off to a fabulous start.  Happy Wednesday. Note: It’s a honey-sweetened, dairy-free, whole-grain almond cake so… maybe not so reckless. 

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forty one

   I am probably way more excited about my birthday tomorrow than what is acceptable for an adult. Totally okay with that. Year Forty was good to me (to us) and if Year Forty One keeps up at the pace and energy that we are currently riding… it is going to be THE year. So […]

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weekend cooking FTW

Those Sunday and Saturday night cooking sessions to help me get a jump start on food for the week have become more and more critical with every year that passes. The stews that need long simmers, the bakes for snacks and sandwiches, and batches of grains/legumes make quick grab-n-go lunches a possibility and mean that a quick meal […]

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csa stash – 1/16/16

   Just tucked a pretty life-changing week under our belts. CSA pickup every other week remains gratefully constant. Today I came home with carrots (3 bunches), beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli greens, spinach, dino kale, mixed salad greens, fennel, and broccoli. Also ordered 10lbs of oranges, ’cause citrus. Meal plan coming…

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first CSA stash of the new year

Got our first CSA stash of 2016 yesterday and we are ready to cook up a storm with kale, spinach, chard, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, carrots, beets, fennel, broccoli, parsley, red cabbage, grapefruits and orange. More official meal plan to follow, but I see ingredients for stir-fries and salads and a stromboli and a […]

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