The Tragic Optimist

Category Archives: foodstuff

Great Cricket Baking Experiment

If we’re friends on facebook, you may have seen my posts about baking with cricket flour.  I figured I’d write up the whole experience here since this is an easier format for a longer post. Background I’d been a vegetarian for a long time for environmental and sustainability reasons.  I recently added a small amount …

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The rhubarb bars they didn’t want you to try*

My farmer’s market has two bake-offs each summer – rhubarb in June and apple in September.  On bake-off day, you bring in 60 servings of your creation to the market, and then people can pay $5 to try one of each entry and vote for their favorite.  Last year I entered the apple one and …

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clearing the fridge of zucchini: summer squash pesto

For years now, we’ve done a farm share, which has worked well, except for the abundance of summer squash that inevitably hits right around the end of August.  No matter how bad a season may be, and this season was pretty harsh to our farm, there always seems to be more than enough zucchini, patty …

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pictures!

I’m not feeling up to writing much (and I’m pretty sure I’ve already lapsed on my post a week attempt), but I have some pictures I want to share from this month. First, Hazel’s baptism – my parents, Chris’s parents, and my brother and sister in law were able to make it, which was great.  …

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savory zucchini bread recipe

I’m too tired to write an intro, but here’s my most recent attempt at a savory zucchini bread recipe.  It’s pretty good – dense, but moist and not too heavy.  I’m not entirely sure how I would serve this – maybe with light cream cheese and cucumbers? 2/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup vegetable oil …

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notes to self, re: mango lassi & moving

Note to self #1: If the blender is packed, and the spices are packed, and in fact, all ingredients that aren’t in the refrigerator or freezer (like sugar or honey) are packed, then you probably shouldn’t tell Zoe that we can make mango lassis while buying only whole mangoes and yogurt. Note to self #2: …

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little and not so little things

I’ve been thinking about thankfulness (not too surprisingly, given that today is Thanksgiving).  I keep getting caught in the big things to be thankful for – the family / health / friends / house / job / food things.  It’s not that I’m not thankful for these, just the opposite, I’m extremely thankful for them, …

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August 28 recap

Laugh of the day: Overheard Zoe talking to her Sesame Street stickers in the car, “oh, Cookie Monster, what are you doing on my leg?  No, you don’t belong on my leg, you want to go on my cheek!” Sin of the day Forgive me other farm share member, I may have sinned against you.  …

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more bread baking

Chris got me a new bread baking book for my birthday, Baking with the St. Paul Bread Club (I’m all about the bread babking by local authors).  I’ve been quite happy making my Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, so  I was initially unsure about trying it.  The ABi5 recipes are easy, they require …

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what I learned at the cooking class – part II: class design

This is part II of what I learned at the cooking class.  Part I covered the actual cooking parts. As we were finishing up our last rotation on the grill, waiting for the corn to finish, I asked one of the instructors how they came up with their ideas for classes, and how they planned …

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