Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

success! success!

In Webster's you'll find this photo next to "scrumdiddilyumptious."

desert honey.

Interim shout out (between dried tomato blog updates) to this raw desert honey. Harvested by a member of the "White Dove of the Desert" -- the San Xavier Mission on the Tohono O'odham Nation. I'm a fickle honey connoisseur; this liquid gold is some of the best I've ever had.

Friday, October 28, 2011

(solo) food dehydration experiment #1

Just after six o'clock this morning I cranked open the dining-nook windows and subsequently lowered the temperature of our house by two degrees. Meanwhile, I sliced tomatoes and sprinkled them with sea salt. They're drying in the dehydrator, going on hour #5. Tomorrow I'm going to make fruit roll-ups! (Not with the tomatoes; with apple sauce.)

Before it got hot, I leashed up Mille and took a long walk with my ma. We walked past the yappiest (think: caffeinated) dogs, watched kids strut or storm toward the school bus and we laughed out loud when Mille walked under a flower pot and showered her head and snout with yellow petals.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

takin' it easy

While feverishly working to finish a kick-butt project about new agrarians, I'm reading "The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar.

In other news, I just ate a few bites of rice. This fact is wholly uninteresting to the average eater, but for this tummy-troubled goof, it's a landmark. These are my first complex carbohydrates in nearly a half-year! Holy smokes, rice never tasted so good.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

almost as good as matzo ball soup

not exactly a sleep remedy

It's 4:07am and I can't help but grin, watching these dudes. Still crushing on all of 'um.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

penultimate sunday in october (i love that word!)

Willow, my farmers' market friend, shuttled two dozen beautiful eggs into my hands this morning. Harking back to yester-week's Maine afternoons, I washed and dried them, hunched over the laundry room sink. Washing eggs is meditative, sort of like stirring a pot of risotto (minus the poop chunks). Here, the tap water is warm and my fingers didn't freeze by the thirteenth egg.

Tomato soup's on the stove; delacata squash are rolling all over the countertop; garlic chives and cilantro sit upright in glasses, perfuming the kitchen.

Friday, October 21, 2011

When you've frozen enough pesto to last 'til 2013...

...snip off the (now woody) stems, give them a rinse, let them air dry and then fashion them upside down in a dry, well-ventilated place. In two weeks time you'll have some kick-ass dried herbs!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

beginning the day with something beautiful

I rose in the dark -- not ample for photo-taking, but perfect for photo-perusing. Wanting to begin the day with something beautiful, I looked at Paul-o's photographs. (This is a photo of inlay work from Delhi.) Can't stop looking at this one.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Saw this quilt at Sandy River Apple Orchard and thought of Grandma Anne, my baby blankets and Trish(a) in Santa Fe.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011


JP just found all these in the forest by our farmhouse!

apple drying experiment!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

dried tomatoes

This might be one of the most perfect foods on earth.