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Roasted Chestnuts

December 17th, 2018

Many years ago we harvested chestnuts from the family property and roasted them in the oven, they were good, but it was sooooo long ago. When I saw them at the local co-op, I decided to get a few for us to try again. I roasted them in the oven last night and they were delicious!

Now I need to read up on whether we can grow chestnuts here in Maine, if so, I’ll be planting a couple of trees, not only for us but for wildlife as well.

Have you ever had roasted chestnuts? What did you think?

Friday Favorite: Frozen Strawberries

August 21st, 2015

Way back in June, we had a flush of strawberries. Our patch produced over 100 quarts of berries. A few went into a batch of jam, some were eaten fresh, some went to the neighbors, and the rest were frozen. Lately, on these hot days, I’ve been enjoying strawberry smoothies for my lunch.
Strawberry smoothie
They’re quick to make, tasty to eat, and give me just the right boost of energy without being too filling. I add frozen strawberries to the blender, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, a pinch of salt, and a splash of maple syrup. Whir it all up and enjoy!

What’s your favorite quick meal on a hot day of garden work?

Quote of the Day: Tamar Adler

July 19th, 2015

“But there is dignity in allowing oneself to keep clear about what is good, and it is what I think of when I hear the term “good taste.” Whether things were ever simpler than they are now, or better if they were, we can’t know. We do know that people have always found ways to eat and live well, whether on boiling water or bread or beans, and that some of our best eating hasn’t been our most foreign or expensive or elaborate, but quite plain and quite familiar. And knowing that is probably the best way to cook, and certainly the best way to live.”

Tamar Adler from An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

Recently, we started having Friday night dinners at our home. We have an open invitation to the first 6 people that RSVP. They bring sides and wine, we provide the main dish. Mostly, I make simple food: meatballs, meatloaf, carnitas, etc. It’s a way for us to see the people we’d love to visit with and empty our freezer of all of our home raised pork. The food is simple and delicious, the conversation is better than the food.

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It’s all about people and relationships, we feel that happens best over a delicious meal, especially over a simple meal. There’s no much fretting on my part, nothing that takes a long time to cook or takes prep while everyone else is eating.  It’s perfect, we’ve been enjoying the evenings and so have the people in attendance.

What’s your favorite simple meal to prepare? 

The Incredible Egg

April 9th, 2015

Most mornings I have eggs for breakfast. I eat them poached, fried, scrambled, baked into frittatas, and pretty much any other way I can think to fix them. Now that all the ducks are laying I often eat an egg from each type of bird. Muscovy eggs are really big, more like goose eggs than ducks. You can see how big the yolk is on the top egg.
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On the right you can see a chicken egg and on the bottom there’s an Ancona duck egg. They’re all delicious, but I will eat choose duck eggs over chicken eggs if you have them. I still haven’t eaten the turkey egg from Sunday, perhaps I’ll crack that open later this morning. I find that the different types of eggs can taste a little different and sometimes you can tell the difference between eggs from different birds.

Have you ever eaten duck/goose/turkey eggs?

Quote of the Day: Julia Child

March 1st, 2015

“Cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.”

Julie Child

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The other day I was eating breakfast and trying to decide what to make for dinner. I’m definitely not one of those come up with a menu at the beginning of the week and stick to it type of cooks. Cooking is one of my creative outlets.
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I like to keep a well stocked pantry and buy what’s on sale and what looks fresh and delicious when I’m at the farmers market or the local co-op. Then I plan my meals depending on what I have in the fridge, what needs eaten up, what is in season, or what I feel like eating.

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Most of my meals are quick to make and very simple, though I do like to spend all day in the kitchen if I get the opportunity. As with many people, there are a few things that we really enjoy and they grace our plates more often than other things: omelets, fajitas, stir-fry, soup, seafood, steak marsala, salad, and curry, along with a few other favorites.
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There’s not much I enjoy more than coming up with something delicious after a quick look in the fridge/freezer/pantry. I am always trying to expand my horizons and learn to new foods/techniques along with coming up with new ideas for our favorite meals. This month I’m planning on trying to make sushi and spring rolls, we shall see how they turn out and if they end up on our favorites rotation.

Are you keen on learning to cook anything new? What are some of your favorite go-to meals?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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