Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Random.

Randomness.

  1. You should absolutely read this piece by Michael Pollan entitled "Farmer in Chief" from The New York Times Magazine a couple of weeks ago. It's long, but worth the read.
  2. If you are getting lost in the spin of the final weeks of campaigning, you should head over to Factcheck.org. They lay it out in a non-partisan style. Just the facts. (BTW, it's taking everything in me to stay out of the politics here on this blog. )
  3. I started knitting Duck Soup for a baby shower next month. I had a hard time finding yarn that would give me gauge, so I'm using Vanna's Choice. Please help me. But the yarn has not been entirely awful to knit, and is moving along quickly. I just wish she wasn't staring at me from the ball band.
  4. As of last weekend, we were still harvesting eggplant, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes from our garden. While they are lacking compared to what was harvested in August, I'm impressed at the fact that we have not yet had an official frost. We're busy planning next year's garden already. We've decided not to add any more beds for now and try to find some efficiencies using this year's experience. The peppers and tomatoes were awful. I blame the wet start.
  5. I like to cook for one or two days and make enough meals for a month or more. To that end, we bought a freezer last night. We are so wild. The key is remembering to take something out in the morning to put in the oven when I get home. Any recipe suggestions for things that freeze well? My current repertoire includes lasagna, spinach stuffed shells, chili, meatballs and marinara, roast, pulled pork, eggplant lasagna... The freezers already partially filled with frozen pesto (frozen in ice cube trays), roasted cherry tomatoes, lots of sliced eggplant, garden fresh green beans, and diced green peppers from the farmer's market representing a summer's worth of work.

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Anonymous said...

My first Christmas out of college, my mom made me a cook book comprised of all of her favorite recipes, old family ones and new. You may already have this! I make this a lot - it's pretty simple, good for freezing, and easy to take to the neighbor who just had a baby. More often than not, I am asked for the recipe.

Love
Abby

Liz's Chicken & Rice Casserole

4 c. (about 3 large breasts) cooked chicken, diced
2- 6 oz. packages Uncle Ben’s Long & Wild Rice Mix, cooked
1 -16oz. package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 ½ c. shredded cheddar cheese (I usually use a little more than called for)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 c. mayonnaise
½ tsp. dry mustard
2/3 c. parmesan cheese
2 T. butter
1 c. croutons, crumbled

Mix mayonnaise, soup, and mustard in a medium bowl and set aside. Layer rice, broccoli, chicken, and cheese in one 9x13 pan or two 8x8 pans (it should layer twice). Spoon soup mixture over casserole layers and spread evenly. Using a spoon or knife, poke a few holes here and there to allow the soup to sink through the layers. Top with parmesan cheese. Sauté croutons in butter and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or so. Freezes well!

Anonymous said...

Here's one more easy-freezer:

Liz's Spaghetti Casserole

1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb. thin spaghetti, broken into pieces
1 c. milk
2 eggs
1 large jar Ragu or other spaghetti sauce
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown hamburger and add onion; cook until soft. Drain.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water. Beat eggs with milk and toss with spaghetti. Spread spaghetti mixture into 9x13 pan (or 2 8x8's)and top with sauce. Crumble browned hamburger and onions on top of sauce and top with cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let stand five minutes and cut into squares. Freezes well!

Debbie said...

The baby sweater is adorable!

My CSA farmer had really bad luck with her tomatoes this year, too, though her peppers came in just fine. She usually has a ton of heirloom tomatoes, but this summer there were hardly any.

AndreaLea said...

I am still getting tons or eggplants too. How do you prepare yours? I have to sort of disguise them from the boys. A dislikes eggs so he thinks they are related somehow and is reluctant to eat them.
My peppers are still tiny and really thin-skinned, if that makes sense. They taste ok but are really pathetic.
I'm so looking forward to next years garden already. :)

AndreaLea said...

oh yeah, forgot to mention, that sweater is adorable! And Vanna's Choice isn't that bad. Much nicer to use and in the end product than Simply Soft. I think it holds up better to washes as well. I made the boys blankets this year and used quite a bit of VC, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn (which I don't love) and RHSS. It was awesome.

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