November 29, 2010

Pork Sausage

It was one of those cold mornings that begged for some really good pork sausage. Fortunately, I'd just returned from a quick trip to Portland to get a vehicle left behind. When I say fortunate, I mean it. No sooner had I booked the flight to Portland than I received an email from Portland Meat Collective informing me that a Basic Pig Butchery for Home Charcuterie class was scheduled for the time I would be there. Meat geekery at its finest ensued.

November 27, 2010

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Just a short post today because I'm still recovering from a quick trip back to Portland. Dinner at Paley's Place was divine. The drive back to Tennessee was much too long. Anyway, if you have some butternut squash laying around and want a nice, quick soup, here you go. Conveniently, it's vegan, tasty, and warming on a cold Fall day.

November 16, 2010

First Snow and Potato Soup

It was a day made for potato soup. The weather had been getting colder the past few days, there had been a couple of light frosts, and the previous day there was a touch of sleet. Forecasters predicted a hard freeze for that night, and snow as well. Even so, it was a bit of a shock to wake up to snow on the Fifth of November. But first, an update.

November 9, 2010

Look What I Found!

Look what I found! I know, it doesn't look like much. There are elderberries to be had, but they're really past their prime season. And there are wild carrots aplenty, but all the ones I found initially were too young to have good roots. But this stuff, this is like gold. Or silver, anyway.

November 2, 2010


Nature is generous everywhere, even in the heart of a major city, but I believe country neighbors are much kinder and more generous than city neighbors. At least ours are.

Our neighbors knew I was putting in a garden, so they brought a large selection of onion sets and garlic cloves for planting, some seed corn for the bunnies and garden, and a few herb plants they could spare. They also brought a nice bucket of sweet peppers for us to put up for winter.