Recently on a trip to California, I had something like this yummy summery salad made for me. Mmmm… So if you have some fresh garden vegetables and a nice block of mozzarella, you might consider beefing up the standard caprese with a little quinoa. It’s a simple dinner on its own, or can make a nice addition to a meal.
In the spirit of Whatever Is In the Kitchen, I’m returning with a recipe I had to make my own. In the grocery store the other day, a 12 oz carton of hummus was $6.50 and I said to myself, “I can make it cheaper.” So I bought a red bell pepper for a buck and a can of garbanzo beans for just a little more than a buck and went home equipped for my delightful dip.Or so I thought.You see, I’ve never made hummus, so I didn’t know that there was a very special ingredient: tahini. Unfortunately, even if I had known, it wouldn’t have been available to me here in the hinterlands, so I offer you my lovely, better-than-storebought, tahini-free hummus.
For the past week I’ve been on a literal and metaphoric spiritual journey, three days of which included a wonderful weekend at the Wild Goose Festival in Corvallis, OR. I have all the necessary gear to cook over a camp fire, but don’t own a camp stove, so I “advertised” for help with this dilema an Facebook and connected with another festival goer who had the necessary cooking stuff. (What I did take was my coffee maker and rice cooker! Yep, there was an electrical outlet near the campground)
Part of what made this experience so much fun was sharing food. Since this was simple, basic cooking, I’m not going to couch it in terms of a recipe, per se, but more in regards to the sharing of food and feeding the collective spirit. Continue reading
Last night I found myself wanting pasta with my baked chicken, so I scrounged through the cupboards and the fridge to see what kind of sauce I could make. There was a big can of tomato sauce I bought on sale recently and several veggies. Chunky marinara it was!
Just so you know–this should cook for AT LEAST three hours, so don’t start it when you get hungry. Continue reading
We’ve reached stage 2 of the gardening experiment and I am thrilled to report there has been movement and change! Which, considering it’s a garden, seems to be the point.
First, I finished the pebble gravel walkway, which I think makes the garden plot look very official. The owners of the house love their yard spaces, and they’ve already registered their excitement about the garden. With the native flower border next to the path, it looks like we know what we’re doing. Continue reading
No new food today–lunch was pretty boring: a leftover hamburger patty mixed in with some mac and cheese.
Instead, I’m bringing pix of the soon to be vegetable garden!
My savvy roommate asked me what I was doing with two big bookcases sitting in the car port. Since they’ve been sitting there for nearly two years, the answer was “Nothing.” Well, I can’t say “Nothing” any more! Those two bookcases were given a new lease on life.
As of this weekend, they have been converted into the shells for our raised-bed veggie garden. Continue reading