the whole pea

I spent an hour or so shelling the peas we got from CSA this week and catching up on 24. I know. We’re really behind on TV. It’s kind of relaxing, shelling peas. Not as hard as expected, either– the pods are a little stringy, and if you just snap the stem end (I had …

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csa loot: 21 july

Lettuce, peas, kale, green onions, baby beets, yellow squash, zucchini. And these things, which took a while to be identified. They look like beets, but since we haven’t gotten any beets so far that are this large, this clean, or this greenless I wasn’t entirely sure. But they’re not rutabegas or turnips or gigantic radishes …

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csa loot

So, J and I joined a CSA, along with his brother and his wife. We’re splitting a single share– which, given how little my sister-in-law and I actually eat, seems to work out well. I don’t know how it’s been going at their house, but over here we’re just about done with the previous week’s …

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Baguette Bag

We’ve had a problem with baguettes and bags– namely, they fall out of conventionally-proportioned bags, causing one to either hold the baguette in one’s hand, or juggle it along with the rest of the bags. Behold, a baguette bag! Or maybe quiver, I’m not sure which. You can wear it over the shoulder or across …

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triangle plates

Another set from the same assignment as the flower plates and the green plates. I used our good old Corelle dishes as molds for these, since I can’t throw worth a damn. I covered the plates in saran-wrap and pressed the wrinkles out as best I could, then draped thin sheets of clay over them …

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green plates

From the same ceramics class assignment as the flower plates. I used an airbrush to put the glaze on and I’m not terribly used to it, which is why the edges seem lighter– less glaze. There were some hairline cracks in this after it was bisque-fired. I was hoping the glaze would flow into them, …

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Cheddar Beer Soup

No pictures; you don’t want to see what my kitchen looks like. Adapted from Gourmet 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped 2 ribs celery, chopped 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 2 medium carrots, small dice 2 medium potatoes, small dice 1 bay leaf ½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter â…“ cup all-purpose …

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