Urban harvest

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our subdivision has a number of apple trees in the ornamental landscaping. And this year seems to be a bumper crop. We walked a little way from our house and picked a nice bucketful to make into applesauce. Apple picking is always a wonderful experience. Complete with the requisite squished apples and buzzing bees. And ours have worms and everything. I think they are nearly organic as they are not cared for as an orchard.

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Jam jamboree

March 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Canning jars are one of the things I pick up thrifting. They are very inexpensive, 60-70 cents for me,  and just this week I put up my first batch of strawberry jam. I never thought I’d can. So much work! But my goals change with time and now I’d like less corn syrup, skills that are useful in less luxurious situations, integrity of ingredients, and ways to share things with my kids while teaching them to work and to appreciate their food.

Dim sum at home

March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

We love to eat dim sum, the food of a Chinese brunch. While on a quest to make some at home we succeeded in making very passably yummy steamed buns, or baozi. We used this recipe and made up a filling with lots of pork, ginger and garlic. It was fun and good and budget friendly! Also MSG-free. Also a great family activity.

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