I could eat risotto every day if I didn't like so many other foods as well.
On Saturday I made a large batch of risotto and I used some wild mushrooms that our friend, John, had picked in the fall. (This is why I've called the mushrooms "Really Wild" rather than just plain ol' "Wild.") John was on a mushroom-foraging kick for quite a while, and fortunately he shared some of his findings with us.
The kids stayed home on Thursday because the powers that be in this school district decided it was too cold out for the schools to be open. The day was supposed to be super cold, windy, and somewhat snowy. I saw a few flakes meander by the window in the morning, but that was… Continue reading Alex’s Cookies
And lest you think Scratchy is the only wacko feline we have, here's what I caught this morning: I was moving some things around to make room on this table for some of Bill's beer-making stuff...and this cable to my laptop dipped between the pie safe and the table. Look there, to the left… Continue reading Claws of Death
One night I was lying awake, trying to fall asleep, and listening to the occasional random noises from the house. The clicking of the baseboard heater...Alex or Julia snoring softly in their bedroom...and then, from downstairs...some other sound. A sort of scraping sound, though for a time I couldn't figure out what was scraping or… Continue reading Action Shots
I was looking through various bread books yesterday. I wasn't sure what I wanted to make, but we were out of bread, or almost out, so I needed to bake something.
I actually found two recipes, in two different books, that I decided to make. The first one I found will be posted another time (because it's not done yet - it's a two-day process), so today I give you the second one.
My husband's brewing beer today with a friend/coworker. Outside, mostly. In the arctic tundra that is our back yard and driveway. I am sensibly staying indoors and baking bread and, later, making risotto. The kids - my two and one belonging to our friend - are playing downstairs, and I just heard one of my… Continue reading They Didn’t Learn This One From Me
The kittens loooooove to watch the wildlife. Thing is, they keep hopping up onto the kitchen counter so they can see the birds and squirrels we feed, and they're really not supposed to be on there. But when a photo op such as this presents itself, I let the rules slide a bit. … Continue reading Scrutiny
This was the view out our big front window a couple mornings ago. When the snow's not there, that area is part of the boat garden that I started several years ago and Bill finished this past summer. Above, between some lavender and a beach rose, you can see one of the newer members… Continue reading Blustery Day