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

When Chris bought our Big Green Egg, it came with a coupon for a free cooking class at the store where we bought it.  We’ve taken a couple of awesome classes there before, and yesterday evening, we cashed in the coupon and took a class on grilling vegetables.This was a participation class, which meant we …

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Farm share and shared risk

We’ve been members of a CSA (community supported agriculture, also called farm shares) for 3 years now, though this year we changed to a new farm.  Our share gets us a weekly delivery of whatever fresh produce the farm happens to have harvested throughout the summer and early fall.  Or that’s the theory.  When I’ve …

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CSA and farmer’s markets

Gus commented that he and his wife were thinking about doing a CSA, but weren’t sure about how that would fit budget-wise with still going to a farmer’s market.  I was going to reply, but it felt like maybe a separate post. Chris and I love hitting the farmers’ markets here in the cities.  There …

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20 years of the CSA

I’ve only lived in Minnesota for 12 years (16 if you count the 4 years of college) – hang on, 12, really?  Can I be that old.  Wow.  Ok, moving on – and I’ve only been involved with a CSA for 2 of those years – going on our third – so I was surprised …

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baking with Zoe

Ok, not wanting to go to bed with just that last post, I felt the need to share something a bit happier.  I’ve been doing a lot of baking with Zoe, recently.  We’d done some around Christmas time, but that’s when I learned something about myself.  I’m a perfectionist.  Well, actually, I was well aware …

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this I eat

(I’ve had this title and topic for a post in mind for a long time, so I was kind of amused when I saw my friend wrote a post with a similar title on a completely different topic). Zoe was eating chicken yesterday and offered me a piece.  “No thank you, mom doesn’t eat chicken.”  …

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Zoe’s rules

Zoe has started to understand rules recently.  We don’t have too many with her that we need to enforce – no biting, no hitting, no feet on books…  So now she has begun to tell me the rules that I need to follow. So far, there are only 2, and they’re always delivered with dead …

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towards resolutions resolution

Today work announced that they’re running a “biggest loser” kind of contest.  Everyone throws in $20, there are weekly weigh-ins and the top three people who have lost the largest percentage of body weight on April 6 win a percentage of the money.  The rest goes to the local food shelf.  I think I’m going …

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bread experimentation

This morning, I was craving a breakfast bread of some sort.  Since I had some light whole wheat dough in the fridge (from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, as always), I figured I’d try something new.  I mixed some raisins, cinnamon, and cardamom with a little water and heated it in the microwave …

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note to self

No matter how good that free-range, organic, rotisserie chicken that Chris brought home smells.  No matter how you justify it to your vegetarian self that it’s not really eating the chicken.  No matter how hungry you are.  Your stomach will NOT thank you – not that evening, not the next morning – if you eat …

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