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CSA week 6!

  • cabbageturnip!
  • 3 zucchini
  • carrots
  • green onions
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • red leaf lettuce
  • more nappa
  • [Paul Friday] strawberries & “flamin’ fury” peaches
  • [growingpower] tomato



  • stir fried beef with nappa and scallions
  • bekana and bok choy with tofu, oyster sauce
  • fior di latte gelato with strawberries
  • pizze – asparagus and margherita; salad
  • chili basil chicken
  • pan fried tofu with sautéed mixed greens


recipes not to lose

I was figuring out what I would do with my basket of white currants from Nichols farm, and settled upon an Austrian dessert that first I found a picture of, but then struggled to find an appropriate recipe. I wanted to make sure to have an appropriately moist cake, a layer of berries (not baked so they burst), and meringue. A baked together meringue cake looks good for another time when I want to make pastry cream. Not related: I also ran across a turkish dish with eggplant that looks tasty.

CSA Week 5

  • 1lb broccoli
  • big white radish+greens
  • small bunch red radishes
  • carrots
  • bok choy
  • turnip greens
  • [mick klug] cherries
  • mesclun
  • [nichols] white currants
  • scallions
  • lettuce
  • giant head of nappa
  • basil!


yesterday's day of mexican cooking

a trio of salsas
Originally uploaded by gay.goy.gourmet
here, a trio of salsas. We made tortillas, three fillings, sauces, and drinks.

summer salad with carrots and strawberries


A nicely set table; two food pics

My flash isn’t digital-ttl capable, so I have to shoot all my flash shots manually (a useful exercise anyway, I suppose). Here by accident I had it on “high”, ISO 500, 1/125 f/5 (40mm). I especially like how the wood spatula handle floats against all the white.

Perhaps less interesting than the picture: this is two chinese preparations of choy. On the left, japanese bekana or tokyo choy is cooked with water chestnuts and cubed frozen (spongy) tofu, in oyster sauce (or, as Scott prefers, “brown” sauce) with scallion, ginger, and garlic. On the right is bok choy with carrots in a gingery miso sauce with honey. Both were delicious last night and for lunch today.

a varied dinner party menu

  • fresh tortillas
  • Masa for whatever other antojitos we want to make (sopes anyone?)
  • Pork-raisin-almond-chile filling (see below)
  • Shredded chicken filling
  • Beans with pork
  • Fresh and cooked tomatillo salsas
  • Tomato salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Zucchini and avocado carpaccio with herbs (inspired by last week’s Bittman column – oh, to be Patricia Wells…)
  • Someone: bring crab, please
and for another time:
  • jeweled rice
  • lamb kibbe (see below; I was going to make it before this lovely article in the Times. I suppose I’ll cook some of it, though I do prefer my Prairie Grass Farm lamb raw.)
  • mouhamara (which I learned today is the top web search the lands people on my blog)

A very happy surprise!

A friend is rushing out of town and called to offer us two tickets he had to tonight’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

I really like the stuff

vitaminwater is the subject of the latest Slate “Ad Report Card” column. I have liked the stuff since I first saw it on 10/$10 sale. My favorite flavors are the red ones, the new XXX and Power-C. A friend alleges that all vitaminwater causes digestive … unpleasantness. Fortunately, I haven't had his problem. Also, the euro talk show ad is great – far better than any attempt I’ve seen for example on SNL since Sprockets.


For the curious

How I get it all home: in my 1999 Chrome Metropolis messenger bag, of course!

Multicolored carrots

I have mentioned to people carrots of colors other than orange, and they tend to register complete astonishment. It turns out we can blame the Dutch in the 16th century for favoring patriotic Orange carrots.

Here are two, which I'd call red and purple. The red has just a thin layer of bright pigment (so you'd never want to peel these!) and the purple one goes about halfway into the root.

Yes, Shelled Peas

peas!These peas from Mick Klug farm are only here for 2–3 weeks a year. I cannot eat enough of them to last the rest of the year.

CSA Week 4

Last week we got our box on Saturday instead of Wednesday because I was out of town for a couple days, so 4 days later it’s quite a similar assortment, plus two items I bought from others.
  • Carrots
  • Bok choy
  • Bekana
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Sugar snap peas (hiding basket in the back)
  • Mesclun
  • White radishes
  • Kale
  • [Iron Creek Farm] Purple Cherokee tomato
  • [Mick Klug] shelled peas!

Dinner last night, lunch today

Quiche with mustard greens and bacon.


I-64 story on Marketplace

You could call it Missouri’s “Big Dig” — just without the tunnels and the multibillion-dollar cost over-runs that Boston had.



ceasar salad with buffalo strip steak

parker house rolls

marble cupcakes with semisweet chocolate glaze


  • thai chili garlic fried noodle with carrot, broccoli rabe, and lemon basil
  • stir fried bekara, miso-honey sauce & bok choy with oyster sauce
  • bacon and mustard greens quiche
  • lamb kofta or something meatballish with yogurt, and some type of naan or roti
  • kale and butternut squash risotto
  • salad with strip steak, hard-cooked egg, and sugar snap peas; roasted purple potatoes

CSA Week 3

  • sugar snap peas
  • bok choy
  • 5 carrots
  • bekara (a japanese choy)
  • kale
  • curly mustard
  • green leaf lettuce
  • lemon basil
  • broccoli rabe/raab/rapini
  • mesclun


From Chris Dodd's people, this is just hilarious. Wolf Blitzer is such a tool!


ubuntu myth feisty wlan wireless break

check /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist for wireless card (scott's is rtl8185; 818x are blacklisted) and for that card, add an extra character to end of essid (dumb!)