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Garden ‘09: Week 10
Garden ‘09: Week 10

Six weeks have gone by since my last post about my garden (not counting my screaming at fowl) and there have been some massive changes. The first thing, I’ve been doing a lot of harvesting, as you can see here: Bok Choi Herbs Kale That was a bunch of herbs,  bok choi and kale… I still have three heads of bok choi (one of which is trying to bolt, so I think I’ll...

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Eggplant & Tofu Parmigiana
Eggplant & Tofu Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana (or Eggplant Parmesan, depending on who you ask) has always been one of my favorite “comfort” dishes.  I don’t know why, but somewhere in the veggies and cheese and sauce there is perfection.  The issue is that most times when I get it, it is very sub-par.  It’s either too saucy (I’m not a fan of it swimming) or soggy (hate...

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

This weekend I went to pick up my haul from my CSA as usual and I got an unexpected treat: a bundle of Rhubarb!  So, being the resourceful person I am, I thought to myself, “what should I make with this?”  Of course, by that time I already had a cart full of strawberries and ingredients for pie dough (apparently the rest of me had already decided).  So, looks...

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Top Chef Masters: Ep. 1
Top Chef Masters: Ep. 1

Last night saw the premiere of Top Chef Masters on Bravo.  For those who don’t know, Top Chef Masters is mostly like Top Chef with a few differences: The chefs are all well-known and great chefs. Each episode has 4 chefs pitted against each other. Each episode instead of one person leaving, only one person moves on to the final. All money won goes to charity. Everything...

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An open letter to a bird.
An open letter to a bird.

Mystery Bird, I didn’t plan on having to write this letter, but at this point you leave me no choice.  Your constant stealing of my strawberries has gone too far and I feel the need to call you out.  Now, things didn’t have to be this way, but you apparently thought there was nothing wrong with parading around in my strawberry boxes eating whatever you wanted. ...

Birthday Shortcake
Birthday Shortcake

I celebrated my birthday this week and to celebrate I decided to make myself some strawberry shortcakes instead of the “traditional” birthday cake.  I did this for a few reasons: I am not a fan of store-bought cake.  Can’t stand the frosting (always leave a metallic taste in my mouth), among other things. It’s warm out and nothing says “Summer”...

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French Toast
French Toast

So, you made two loaves of Challah and now you’re wondering what you’re going to do with it all, right?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Let’s make us some breakfast!  You can’t tell me that this doesn’t look delish, right? What else would you do with all that bread you made? That’s right, I can tell you’re droolin’,...

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Sourdough Semolina Challah
Sourdough Semolina Challah

Ah, Challah… is there another bread that is so sweet and rich and yelow?  I don’t think so, which is exactly why I thought I’d attempt to bake a loaf.  Now, I don’t do anything the easy way (as most of you have realized), so instead of merely breaking out the ol’ baker’s yeast I went with a sourdough starter.  I know what you’re...

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