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lunch-packing drawer

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A drawer for all my lunch-packing essentials is a real sanity saver once the school year kicks in. If you don’t have an entire drawer to spare, try finding a spot for a small basket or container that will corral everything and make yourself a little lunch-packing zone. I am a strong believer in having your insides match your outsides and this philosophy definitely carries over into my kitchen. Clearing out and re-prioritizing this space is one […]

all the peppers

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cooking in season / preserving the seasons
jalapeño ferment start |

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I got hit with large amounts of peppers (hot ones) over the weekend. Serranos, jalapeños, poblanos, and habaneros all had to be dealt with immediately. Quick breakdown of what I put up below: Fermented Jalapeños – Ya’ll… I am fermenting everything thanks to The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. Picture above is what I started with. Charred Habanero Sauce – Used this recipe as a base with […]

fridge pickles

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cooking in season
refrigerator pickles |

Sometimes, you just have to take a break from the water bath canning. These beauts are tucked in the back of the fridge. Ratios for the brine are in Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen, where you can also learn oodles of simple tricks for preserving your garden/CSA stash.

cumbias and the 4th

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corn and poblanos |

Today, I find my mind wandering off to the 4th of July celebrations at my parents’ house. We paid homage to “American” culture with frijoles rancheros and flour tortillas (in place of our Yucatecan black beans and corn tortillas). My dad would simmer fajitas on the grill while we worked on guac and pico inside and the cumbias would keep everyone in sync. As my sisters and I got older and embraced more and more […]

Pickles, yo. 

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preserving the seasons

Confession: I have been buying fermented pickles for well over a year (maybe two) and swapping for them whenever possible. Once the household got a hold of fermented pickles, there was no turning back. Vinegar-brined pickles have not cut it since. I hadn’t gotten up the nerve to make my own yet. The process is simple enough (veggies sitting on the counter in salt brine and spices), but fermenting veggies is by definition allowing micro-organisms […]

crispy okra

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crispy okra |

Got my first batch of okra today and we are excited to revisit this now-classic summer snack… Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have non-gooey okra. These little guys are what finally got me to cross over into the land of the okra-lover. Crispy and spicy, they rarely make the short distance from the counter to the kitchen table and have become one of our favorite summer snacks. Yes… okra can be a […]

veggie meal plan – 6/15/15

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vegetarian meal plans

Guys, I need a whole new game plan to get us through the summer. My usual breakfast-lunch-dinner framework is not working. The 11yo has an insatiable appetite. She is hungry and scrounging around the kitchen for more food within 30-minutes of a meal and I simply can not keep up.  I stocked the kitchen with grab-n-go food over the weekend and we are getting back to as a regular a schedule as work-life balance will […]

tomatolandia – weekend one

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preserving the seasons
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At 4:15 on Friday afternoon, I was certain that all my tomato plans for the weekend had been squashed. “No San Marzanos,” the email said. Oosh. I count on San Marzanos every year for the majority of my homemade pantry and I was more than a little bummed out by the news. Decided to head out anyways and came home with 10 lbs of large homegrown and 10 lbs of a yellow tomato mix (sungolds + lots […]