14 August 2013

The Bitter End

Be prepared...the end is definitely near.

A few summers ago, I officially declared it 'The Summer of the Mojito'.  I couldn't get enough of their limey deliciousness!  This summer, however, I forgot to grow mint; and any mojito-swiller worth their rum knows that the mint is the stuff.  Sadly, I was stuck drinking faux- hitos; which, believe me, are not nearly as refreshing.

09 August 2013

Tempted by the veggies of another...

Gorgeous late summer vegetables from Midnight Sun Farm

We have a pretty good garden each year, and this year is no exception: five different types of tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, dill, cilantro, lots of basil, thyme, rosemary, etc.  Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff.  Last year, our well-worn basics became so...well, extraordinarily well-worn.  With a tiny urban garden, it's hard to plant all the stuff we eat!  This year, we decided to liven things up a bit and join a CSA program through Midnight Sun Farm.  And esoterically speaking, we couldn't be happier!

25 July 2013

Homemade liquor*

Blackberry liquor in-the-making!
It all started yesterday when I went to check out my blackberry vines to see what I could pilfer for a quick snack.  To my delight, there were hundreds of delicious sun-ripened berries, all waiting to be picked!  As I quickly plucked the berries off the plant, I started to think about making a tasty jam, pie, or cobbler.  But then I had an epiphany:  I will make booze!  Well, it was either divine intervention or I was inspired by memories of a recent viewing of 'Mountain Monsters'.  Did you know that Mothman indeed DOES exist in the foothills of Tennessee?  

17 July 2013

Jerusalem cuisine

Fresh homemade pita bread

I am, like millions of others, seriously into Jerusalem, a recent cookbook by Ottolenghi and Tamimi that extols the varied cultural cuisine of that city.  Cooks and food bloggers around the world spent the last year gloriously exploiting (much to the authors' delight, I'm sure) each and every recipe in this book, with such clever ideas such as Jerusalem potluck dinners, Jerusalem cooking classes, etc.  Not wanting to miss the boat, but not wanting to be too cliché, either- I've decided to share with you, dear reader, a recipe that is complementary to Middle Eastern cuisine, but not included in the book: homemade pita bread.

02 January 2013

Mitsuwa and Maki

New Year's Eve dinner: maki, seaweed salad, and pickled plums

The last few New Year’s Eves, we’ve taken the looong drive out to the northwestern suburbs to visit Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace, which has everything Japanese that you never knew you needed and have no idea what it is, but you really, really want.  Mitsuwa is like a busy little village inside.  In addition to the grocery, there is a video store, a food court with six or seven different restaurants, a beauty parlor, a Shiseido boutique, a liquor store, a pastry shop, a travel agency, a bookstore, even a music institute.  All geared to Japanese clientele, or the Japanese culture lover.