February 2008 archive

Our convenience food

Tonight, Mark and I had our own fast food.  This summer, I spent time canning different things.  We’ve been trying them out all winter.  The pickled okra was fantastic and the Habanero Gold jelly was awesome.  The eggplant relish and curry pickles have been tasty too.  The pickles made with lemon juice?  Disgusting!  But it’s been cool to have these things to depend on.  We tried a spaghetti sauce recipe and while it’s not the recipe I’m searching for, it was really tasty.  And so easy – boil noodles, heat sauce and eat.  The noodles aren’t local but the tomatoes, peppers, basil, oregano and garlic are from our garden.  The onions are from our local farmers market and the only non-local ingredients were olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I’m still on the lookout for the killer sauce recipe but even this ‘merely good’ recipe was tasty and fast.

Handy website when planning your seed order

My eyes are definitely bigger than my gardening prowess and yard.  I have at last count, 37 different kinds of large tomatoes.  That doesn’t count the cherry tomatoes.  I grow heirloom tomato plants for our local farmer’s market so I guess I could blame it on that.  Truthfully thought, I probably use the excuse of HAVING to grow them to market as an excuse to buy more kinds.  I need help.  :-D

This site is a wonderful site set up by Cornell University.  You can read ratings on lots of different vegetable varieties and you can even rate them yourself – I’ve done this with a few.  Check it out!

Homemade Laundry Soap

Has anyone ever made their own laundry soap?  And more importantly, does it do well in a high efficiency washer?

Homemade Laundry Soap – @ disdressed

I have found that you can use about 1/8 the amount of detergent that the package says and stuff will get just as clean.  And just for the record, if my former 15 year old self had ever known that I’d be blogging about the wonders of laundry detergent, she would have died!

It’s Caturday!

Mark and I have been sick this past week with food poisoning – we think we have it narrowed down to gyros we ate out.  I finally felt well enough to eat something as esoteric as a bagel today so I don’t expect to have any food posts ready to go for a little bit.  So here’s something to make you smile:

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