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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Another food blog

When I started this blog I didn't know precisely what I wanted to write about, but I knew what I didn't want to write about - food.  You may have noticed that the Internet is overflowing with food blogs.  Everyone and their cousin has a food blog, and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are all about chocolate.  Some are only gluten-free.  Some are vegan, fat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and really make me wonder what on earth the blogger does eat.  I was determined that I would not add to this smorgasbord of culinary mayhem.

Taking the sting out of nettles for stinging nettle soup
However, there's a big problem with that decision.  I spend a good half of my waking hours planning, cooking, and consuming food.  I don't think that's an exaggeration.  I love to eat and for the past few years I've been cooking my tooshy off (quite literally).  For example, last night for dinner we had homemade pizza with crust I made from scratch and a sauce made from heirloom tomatoes I grew from seed last summer.  Admittedly, the goat cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses were store-bought, and I didn't grow the onions that I caramelized, but I did grow the basil that we scattered on top.  If I weren't having so much fun, I would be sickened by my own domesticity.

Last night was not an isolated incident, either.  I now bake my own crusty loaf several days a week (thanks to Mark Bittman's New York Times article on Jim Lahey's revolutionary no-knead method), and am considering experimenting with baking sandwich bread for the kids' lunches.  We took over a farm share from friends who moved away, and now have piles of greens that we have to figure out how to eat.  So we saute a lot of greens and eat a ton of salad (with fresh crusty bread).  This year we are growing our own tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans, peas, and arugula, and I'm looking forward to planting some Cinderella pumpkins from seed I saved last year.

I don't even use box mixes for brownies any more since Cooking Light has such a lovely recipe, and I have dispensed with margarine now that I can make my own spreadable butter.

In conclusion, this blog is not about food.  However, I am personally all about food.  So when you're wondering why I am not posting anything new on my blog, you'll know it's because I'm busy making cheese souffles to eat with the lovely fresh micro-greens that we are ready to harvest from our backyard garden.

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