How to Split a Pea

Yes, you can make dried split peas from your fresh homegrown peas. Here’s how to do it and a lesson as to why not.

Cheese Crumble

The best thing about the morning was a crumble of cheese Leftover from sprinkling on salad the night before. There it sat unseen, Until in frustration avalanching and coffee computer reposed, She spied it on the big butcher block: Little gravely goodness. She plucked it up with her fingers, Scraping it under her nails and…

Humble, Tasty, Big Bread

I just returned from a trip to Japan. While you would expect me to come back laden with sushi and ramen recipes tucked away for experimentation, I was most intrigued by the bread.

Top 5 Cookbooks for Home Cooks

Yes, I love The French Laundry Cookbook, but it is not my go-to tome for weeknight and special event dinners.   What I seek out when needing reliable, tasty, appealing, healthy dishes are found in the following cookbooks.  In reviewing these selections, I am struck by the fact that, with the exception of Julia’s book, all…

Fava rite Hummus

What I love most about fava beans is growing them.  They sprout up vigorously and have beautiful white/purple/black blossoms.   You  can get two plantings if you plan it right. They are sturdy plants and benefit from some support, be it fencing or twine. Harvesting, preparing and cooking are the hard parts. When I harvested these favas this…

Strawberry Moon

June 20, 2016 As I write, a full moon over North America is reaching its peak.  This is not particularly unusual.  However, today is the summer solstice.  The last time a full moon and the summer solstice coincided was 70 years ago.  My parents were not even teenagers.  They are lucky enough to have two…

Misgebotten Recipes

Misgebotten recipes are not recipes for goose dishes. They are the collection of recipes that I’ve squirreled away in my little recipe box. We all have a box like this: a resting place of hand-me-down recipes from family and friends, clippings from food magazines that represent our projected self-images, that must-have office potluck recipe, odd-ball collected recipes, our best intentions, amazing inspirations, and weird diversions.

Pacific Wrenovations

The wrens have returned, and they love the bird house gourds we’ve put up for them.  We surrounded our outdoor seating area with gourds in order to get Nature’s surround-sound. Each gourd has a 2 inch or so sized bird hole angled toward the top, and the gourd secured to a limb or trunk. From…

Signature

I bought a 35 book set of Honore de Balzac  (1899)  for Number 1 Son. They came in three makeshift cardboard boxes–one was a re-purposed  Duraflame log box.  It is something to contemplate these 100+ year old treasures traveling across the US in a box once used for compressed firewood. They are bound in a tweedy cover:…

Ella’s Outlaw Kumquat Marmalade

  I’ve never met Ella.  She is an in-law of my in-laws.  Does that make her an outlaw? Regardless, she is the sweetest person, and she made it known on Facebook that she was in possession of a bodacious amount of kumquats at her home in Florida, just hanging on the tree waiting to drop…

Stopped on Chain Bridge on a Snowy Evening

Stopped on Chain Bridge on a Snowy Evening After re-locating to the DC area from the California Sierras in the mid 1980s, we had an interesting experience with a small amount of snow.  I was teaching in Potomac, MD and living in Arlington, VA.  After work, I was to pick up my husband at George…