all things food

weekend preserving: a list

Lots of produce that I need to put up this weekend, so I thought I would put together a list for the sake of accountability. I’ve listed things in order of priority for my pantry, but this does not necessarily mean that I will tackle them in that order: Crushed tomatoes Shelf-stable salsa (small batch […]

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tomatolandia cont.

I have put up 7 pints of shelf-stable tomato sauce and 5 pints of oven-roasted tomatoes in the freezer to date and that is just not enough to make it through to June 2017. 10 pounds of san marzanos getting processed tonight! Stay tuned to the ‘gram and twitterverse for the play-by-play. 

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no junk week

Been snacking on lots of chips and sweets lately, so I am staying strong for 7 days. No junkie stuff. We have plenty of fruit and homemade pops on hand to take care of the sweet cravings. The salty stuff? Gonna try hydrating better to see if that makes an impact.

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tomatolandia: what comes first?

I am not sure what kind of shape my tomatoes are going to be in tomorrow morning, but I suspect that they will be very, very, VERY ripe. Although my most coveted pantry is item is crushed tomatoes, I find that knocking out a batch of Basic Tomato Sauce first helps start my weekend processing without wearing me […]

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all of the tomatoes

This will be my fifth season of putting up tomatoes for my homemade pantry! I’m excited to get my sad, sad pantry back into top form, so stay tuned this coming weekend as I blanch, peel, and prep my first 20 lbs worth. I’ll start with a tentative plan tomorrow (on the blog) with links to […]

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to all the dads

Hope you all have awesome days doing (and eating) your favorite things and relishing in the attentions that you deserve.  To my own beloved parenting partner: She is awesome and that has everything to do with what you do on the daily. Besos. To my papi: Te adoro y extraño… diario. Besitos. 

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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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