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…

Cold Smoking Confab

  The season when bacon is dear And cold smoking reigns supreme. You watch and you wait For the perfect date When the air is still and clear.   Pork bellies assembled in dreams. Apple smoke perfumes the woods. The hoarfrost makes crystal Pine needles and mist, all Encased in icicle streams.      …

Broth Diary 2015

  Well, I’ve put up some posts about Broth in the past, and after several years now of doing this regularly, I have come to some conclusions: 1.   Start with cold water.  Add a tablespoon of vinegar to help extract all the minerals. 2.   A pressure cooker (Instant Pot) works the best for carefree, quick…

Ostreoidea Adventure  (Fried Bivalves on Fruity Slaw)

Breaded oysters on a slaw of lettuce, kiwi, green apple and avocado According to my friends at Wikipedia: “The word “oyster” is used as a Common name for a number of different families of saltwater Clam Bivalve Mollusc  that live in Marine (ocean) or Brackish water habitats. In some species the valves are highly calcified, and many are somewhat irregular in…

Dear 18 Year Old Me

*The following advice was collected from the managers and directors in Student Affairs at Eastern Washington University, as they reflected on advice they’d like to give themselves as entering freshmen. Dear 18-year-old me, I thought I’d write you a letter, having had the benefit of living through freshman year of college as myself. I hope…

The Autobiography of Miss Rowenta Toaster

Born in 1980, Miss Rowenta Toaster lived a charmed life in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington.   She made 3,432 pieces of toast over her 33 year lifespan. During this time, she saw Germany re-united, making her West German statement of origin obsolete.   Her crumb tray was cleaned about 10 times, and her cord was a…

Talking Turkey

Ahhhhh. . . .  Fall!  Turning leaves, smoke drifting through the trees from the first wood stove fires of the year, frost on the pumpkin, bean soups, plaid, and. . .  turkey harvesting. We commenced our fall turkey harvest and processed six out of 23 birds of various sizes.  Here are some of the things…

Broth Pageant

  This weekend I made another batch of broth, something I do every 2-3 weeks.  I was out of leftover chicken/turkey carcasses and only had a ham bone from a relic of a spiral sliced ham we had around Christmas. So, I was faced with buying some bones.  My local market regularly has these.  Imagine my surprise to…

Broth Tips

With the roaring popularity of the Broth Importantly post (all 250,000 of you who read it—thank you), I wanted to add some information to address questions you may have now and in the future.  Or perhaps you will never ask these questions, but you may be in need of some reading material.  So here you go. Q:  My…