Monthly Archives: August 2012

Gluten Free cookies

I normally don’t attempt the gf baking. My mother in law has perfected the art…me not so much. But I made some peanut butter 5 ingredient cookies (6 if you count the chips or crushed reese cups).

Luanne has nothing to worry about, these are good-ish, just a bit on the dry side.

Canning tomatoes

We got half a bushel of roma tomatoes from Good Food Good People on tuesday, they needed to ripen for a few days, so I let them sit until Saturday. (We only had 5 or 6 with bad spots) I started at 9 washing and sorting.

About 2 1/2 hours later we had 7 quarts for the pantry.

The pantry

a decade later

Most days I like to fool myself into thinking I am who I have always been, Jodie at 20 is basically the same person I am today. I fool myself a lot, then something really BIG to 20 year old Jodie is a nothing to me today.

Before I got married almost 12 years ago and had a baby almost 11 years ago my entire life was music. I had been working in radio most of my life, going to concerts, music for me was what mattered. I am old enough to have owned records, 8-tracks (nothing make a song better then hearing that “ka-chunk” sound while the player switched tracks), cassettes, CD and now digital music. Music was my life, it was where I spend most of my time and money.

Now a decade later and our “music computer” the one that has I-Tunes with all of our music is on it’s last leg. This is also the computer we do our podcasts on. We are getting a new one, so we can continue to do podcasts. When we were talking about what to do about the music, I thought I would freak out, and demand we just add a 4th computer to the house and leave the almost dead one alone, solely to hold that music. What if we lose it all, what if I can never hear that hidden track on Kerosene Hat “Euro Trash Girl” which is on a mix cd along with “Long Haired Guys From England” from Too Much Joy. The thing is, I didn’t freak out.

I have my I-pod with all that music on there, and honestly sadly I haven’t made a mix tape (a mix folder on I tunes) since before Madigan was born. A decade later what matters to me is so much more, and the thought of losing what use to be everything is nothing now. Don’t mistake this for me not loving music, because I do. I love listening to music with my family, I enjoy having Madigan hear something she likes, which then makes her want to hear more from that band, a good example is TMBG.

They Might Be Giants is a band I loved and listened to in my 20s and 30s. They put out a few kid CDs which Madigan loved, they do the music for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Once she got a little older we started playing the “regular” albums and she loved it. I like that she loves music and it gets to be important and meaningful to her, heck it’s in her DNA she is born to two DJs.

I don’t seek out new music, if my friend Steve talks about something new, I might buy it, or have him send me a mix to see if I love it too, but it’s turned into background music for my life. The three of us singing Queen together, taking road trips or her playing Axel F on the piano. It is still surprising to me that music has taken a back seat to everything. 20 year old Jodie would be so disappointed in me.

CSA bag 15

Summer is great and I love my CSA. This week lettuce, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, beans, squash and basil.

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I love looking in the fridge

It’s not always magical, but sometimes when I open the fridge I see my market find or my CSA bag items and I get happy. Today it’s colorful peppers from the market.

These will go into chili and omelettes tomorrow morning.

CSA bag 14

This weeks bag is very colorful–onions, bell pepper, beats, beans, tomatoes, parsley, squash, eggplant and jalapenos. I am using the hot peppers to heat up the salsa for folks who want it hotter. I think eggplant parmesan might be in order on friday night. And maybe I will try harvard beets.

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Making pickles

We are lucky where we live to have a great farmer’s market and awesome vendors. One of the vendors is Good Food Good People. They bring in a variety of produce, meat, dairy and homemade items. They also have bulk produce order. These are the people who I got my giant bag of corn from and boxes of potatoes. I like that they encourage their customers to buy in bulk — they promote food saving and canning.

I preordered cucumbers for pick up today so I could make pickles. We got a 30 pound box along with 3 pounds from another stand. 33 pounds of cukes is over 100. I washed, trimmed and sliced 2/3 of the cucumbers.

I started around 4 and was done about 7. I ended up with 3 quarts of dill spears, 2 quarts of dill chips, 6 pints of spears, 2 hot spears, 3 half pints of chunks. We did some in the fridge to eat in a few weeks and processed most in the canner for consumption in a couple months.

I really enjoy canning, maybe not the last 15 minutes before you are done and just want it to be over, but taking the time to prepare this food, being aware of the seasons, planning for winter. It makes those last 15 minutes worth it.