Posts made in May, 2015

My Pet Mushroom

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Salad | 0 comments

For MP, a trip to the Home Depot for rental, maintenance provisions is never a predictable pursuit.  He rumbles through the doorway; bags rattling undone.  My family questions our love of pets repeatedly—let me introduce you to one you can eat,

Marshall, Mini-Mu.


Just add water










Harvest in 10 days










Place Marshall, Mini-Mu as a woodsy russet bow on a salad platter with earthy roasted and grilled vegetables like; romaine, purple carrots, beets, donut peaches, and squashes. Hard-cooked farm eggs, fresh apricots, diced red tomatoes, and chickpeas; feta dapples on-- extra deliciousness.


Mushroom Mini Farm by Back To The Roots

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Forecast, Rain

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Wild Game | 0 comments

Rain—yesterday it rained -- an answer to prayer for parched ground.  So to applaud our good gift, handcrafted Bison Burgers morphed into Bison, and Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash.

I drifted backward into my archives for a recipe, using what I had on hand.








At dinnertime, I scooped chunks of velvety dark caramelized morsels over slightly spicy sautéed rainbow chard and topped the whole lot with avocado and radish slices.  Polenta Triangles became a first-rate pal.




We nearly swooned because we are too old for kitchen cartwheels; it was that splendid!

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13


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Pasta Debate

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Pasta | 1 comment

Some of my friends, like me, are snobbish in regard to sourcing butter, coffee, fresh fish, and dry pasta.  Brands of pasta really do make a difference.  De Cecco is preeminent with Barilla being my backup selection.  Supermarket brands and bulk buys can have an off taste with a gummy consistency.  Recently, Baronia, organic durum wheat semolina pasta arrived on shelves at Trader Joe’s.


Skeptical, but eager to gild strands with a robust sauce of creamy cauliflower, I cooked up Baronia linguini.


First, chunk up a head of cauliflower and steam (or microwave) it until it is very soft.


Blend it with milk until smooth.


Saute onion in butter; add garlic and season with salt and pepper.


Stir in cauliflower mixture simmering while the pasta cooks.  Add the cheese and some reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce. Adjust the seasonings.


Toss drained linguini with the sauce,


adding more water as necessary. Serve with extra cheese and fresh parsley.


Springy and firm noodles with a coat of hearty veg and cheese are my way of saying, well done, I mean, *al dente* T.J.!

(And, forgive me for the debate.  I am sensitive there are hungry people).

Creamy Cauliflower Linguini


  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut in evenly sized florets
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ½ pound linguini pasta
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish


  1. Chop the cauliflower into chunks and steam until very soft. Combine the cauliflower and milk in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and once it has melted, add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Season with salt and pepper, and then add the cauliflower puree and half the reserved pasta water. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (add more pasta water if sauce seems too thick). Remove from heat, and add the cheese to the sauce, and stir until combined. Adjust seasonings. Combine the sauce and the linguini and serve garnished with extra cheese and freshly chopped parsley.
  4. --adapted from Clinton Kelly

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in New | 2 comments

Our brood took turns teetering on the edge, testing and flirting with flight;

2015-05-08 10.27.23

wind, rain and hail prompted a Mother’s Day launch.


I watched them more than usual;


amused by a choreographed rotation of twin hearts beating.


 Another empty nest for rent--


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Kate by the Gate

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in New | 0 comments


Children’s storybooks are precious to me.  Hours and hours of reading aloud to my sons are glad recollections that bloom each time I turn dusty pages of Big Joe and Paddy Pork.

Thank you, Jason, the joy is mine to share.


Thanks for your nice note and the book. I’m sure when you said to keep it as long as you want you never dreamt I would keep it so long. The book is very special to Kate. It has been kept in a place out of reach to protect it (from Kate). At least 4 times in the last 6 months, I have put it by the front door to return only to have Kate beg for me to read it one last time. She knows all the stories and loves hearing about Timmy. I’m excited to read it to Lauren, but at this point we are having a hard time getting her to sit long enough to read more than a page.

We toasted up the banana bread this am and it smelled up the house like it was fresh from the oven.  Thank you!!!


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