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Farfalle with Arugula and Sugar Snap Peas

There is little point in growing a garden if one doesn’t use the produce. Yesterday I made the first pick of arugula and sugar snap peas for a classic dish with farfalle. Preparation is done while the pasta is cooking … Continue reading

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Saturday Rain and a Lovely Day

The garden and yard were excessively dry Saturday morning so I watered the vegetables. Couple of hours later it rained, then cleared up in time for a wedding at Wapsipinicon State Park. It was a lovely day for a wedding, … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden

No food is more local than a kitchen garden. I’ve got to get moving on mine after a late spring. Everyone was in a good mood at the farms when I soil blocked Friday and Sunday. My farmer friends caught … Continue reading

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Wanting to Wake Up

At retirement plus 19 days I thought I’d be more productive. Yesterday, after a shift at my desk and an hour-long visit with a neighbor and a team of surveyors, I took a nap… with long, deep sleep. Groggy when … Continue reading

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Late Winter in Big Grove

It is time to use up fresh onions, garlic and potatoes, then rotate the canned goods so oldest jars are consumed first. Winter means soup, casseroles, pasta and hearty meals made from pantry and ice box ingredients. As the ambient … Continue reading

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Jambalaya Reprise

In a throwback to my work at a major logistics company I made a batch of vegetarian jambalaya for this week’s lunches. The dish was born in Thomas County, Georgia as I was sequestered in a hotel for four months … Continue reading

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Gratin Dauphinois

Saturday I decided to make a gratin. We have storage potatoes although it will soon be time to plant them in the garden. I’d been thinking about gratin for a week. Scouring cookbooks for a recipe, the dish appears to … Continue reading

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