Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
This week's market day was very hot, but people came out in droves, happy to have lots of organic vegetables. I brought home some eggplants and zucchini and decided to stay in and cook and bake today. Pretty crazy considering how hot it is outside. I heated up my kitchen even with the air conditioning and fan going. I think it's worth it, because right now, I have a chocolate and zucchini cake in the oven and a batch of caponata in the refrigerator, chilling. You can check out the recipes on my Vox blog.
If I can keep Chuck from cutting into it, the cake will be set aside for our 5th of July party. The 4th of July, for those of you outside of the U.S., is the birthday of the U.S.A. Chuck and I have birthdays before and after so I'm making the 5th our combined birthday celebrations. We're going to have a potluck, with Jack opening the gate between our two yards, for lots of room to eat and dance. Yes, dance. Let's hope that by then, the weather will be nice enough for us to get active.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
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Look at our lovely carrots. Notice the small double one, and check out the crazy radish! You never see this in super markets. The really odd ones don't make it past the uniformity inspectors, I suspect. This little guy (eggplant) was checking out the carrots. His "nose" give him such a personality. (maybe it's a "her," silly moi.)
The lettuces were very beautiful today. We sold out of them.
The beautiful flowers were a gift from Amy, of Amy's Organics, who has a stand across from ours. She came across the patio area at the end and said "These are for you, ladies!" Two beautiful bunches of the flowers.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I just added three little totes, well, actually, change purses, to our shop. They can hold money and cards.
I needed one for summer, something lightweight, so used some of the scraps from my big tote bags, and voila! I used old buttons for the closure, which makes them kind of vintage-y looking.
I was so happy with the results that I made some for the shop. Check out Fritzi, our Etsy shop.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
I made this bread with it, packaging some of the slices, and some additional small heart shaped loaves, for a bake sale. It tastes really good with cream cheese.
Zucchini* Bread (*Cucurbita pepo)
3 ½ cups flour
2 large zucchini, grated (2 ½ c)
1 t salt 1 C sugar
2 t baking powder 4 eggs
½ t baking soda ½ C oil
½ t ground cinnamon 1 C toasted chopped pecans
½ t ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon & nutmeg. Combine zucchini, sugar eggs, and oil in a large bowl. Mix well. Stir dry ingredients into zucchini mixture just until combined. Toast nuts in a hot oven for 8 min., tossing often. Let nuts cool and fold into mixture. Transfer batter to loaf pans. Bake 50 -55 min., then remove bread from pans and cool on racks. Makes 2 loaves.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
My cousin just sent this e-mail. She had a bi-lateral mastectomy last month so is, naturally, very concerned. She has made herself very knowledgeable about products and here's what she found out. I have to admit, I'm the one who bought this bottle for her at a sporting goods store, thinking that it'd be SAFE! Fortunately, she did the research.
I need to spread the word that several stores across the U.S. are selling this pink water bottle (pic attached), called the "Breast Cancer Awareness Bottle," and that it would be in your best interest to NOT PURCHASE IT! It contains chemicals linked to Cancer, specifically BISPHENOL-A (BPA). This is an ingredient used to make polycarbonate. Canada has BANNED these bottles and other products made with this chemical, but our own Food and Drug Administration says that the link to cancer "cannot be proven," so these products are still on the shelves!
This BPA bottle is technically not refillable because once the bottle warms up/heats up and reaches a certain temperature, the toxins from the plastic bottle can transfer to the liquid you are drinking inside it. Repeated cooling and then thawing/warming of bottles made with this chemical is not recommended.
The next time you drink from ANY plastic water bottle be sure to turn it over and look for the number inside the little recyclable logo. If it has a number 7, make sure you throw the bottle away after drinking its contents. PLEASE DO NOT REFILL, CHILL AND REUSE BOTTLES UNLESS THEY ARE BPA-FREE!! Fortunately, there are BPA-free brands available to us, just do a Google search.
I cannot believe the irony in this situation. A product is being sold to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and it's not safe and may actually cause Cancer?!
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, PEOPLE! SPREAD THE WORD!
we stepped out into rain! A nice cool down. We tried to have dinner at one place but it wasn't open so we stopped at a place on West 10th for wine and appetizer. A yummy melted brie with honey and pine nuts. Perfectly scrumptious. I have to remember to make this at home. The food being prepared for dinner smelled so good that we ended up having dinner at this same little restaurant. A nice end to that day. On Sunday morning, we had brunch with our family in New Jersey. One of us decided to have the Napoleon...can you believe how this looks! It was an amazing breakfast dish. Okay, so maybe I'll make this at home some day, too.
After dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Sunday night, we went for dessert to Red Mango for REAL yogurt with toppings. I had green tea yogurt with dried cranberries and Chuck had vanilla yogurt with pineapples, strawberries and graham crackers crumbs. Whew!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I'd planned to leave the piece in the women's locker room but when I saw the magazine, which has an article about the Real Small Art League and Tiffany in it, I knew what I had to do....What fun. I hope the person who picked up the magazine was nicely surprised. I hope they realized that it was part of the article.
Monday, June 09, 2008
I love when shoppers bring baskets. It's so old timey. We had conical cabbage, Magda squash, and kohlrabi, among all the other choices this past week.
Here are some kohlrabi tips in case you have the change to buy some: It's excellent cooked or raw. Just trim away the woody or tough portions of skin. Grate it into salads or make a "coleslaw" with it. Steam it whole for 25 to 30 minutes, or slice thinly and steam for 5 - 10 minutes. Saute with butter, add your favorite herbs. Chill and marinate cooked for a summer salad. Mash with a cooked potato, form into patties and fry. Any of the above sound really tasty. Try one of the suggestions and let me know how it turns out.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Check out the shop and see what's new. I can also do special orders, check under the heading "alchemy."
Tell me about your neighbors, good and bad. Share your stories with me and others.