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Talis is trying a gluten free diet in hopes that this might solve some of her digestive issues. However, a lot of her favorite foods contain gluten, and we are finding the frozen options to be less than stellar (and cause stomach aches). So, we'd like to try making them from scratch. Mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, any pasta dishes... (although we've found a quinoa pasta that is acceptable). It's a good thing I have been reading labels for years now, just adding one more thing to look out for.

So, my LJ flist, what Gluten Free Cook Books do you use?
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Last weekend, I finally managed to pull enough spoons together to make two batches of hot pepper stuff using mostly Serrano, some Fish, ans some Czech Black: 7 pints of a generic hot pepper jelly (apple cider vinegar, sugar, peppers and pectin), and 7 pints of Singpore Chili Sauce (white vinegar, sugar, garlic, grated fresh ginger, raisins, and peppers).

Today was a very long day on the farm, with a 20#/17 item share not including all the take somes or all the PYO's. More on that later.

Today's share included a bunch of scotch bonnet peppers, some black Czech, a few Fish, and some serrano's. I am planning some hot pepper jelly, using the scotch bonnet's. Should I seed or not seed, and who is interested in which? I think I have enough to make two batches. Oh, and which size jars? Small or medium? or some of both?

Any one interested (I know some of you are hot sauce fans)? or should I give it up as a lost cause before I even start?
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Last week, 5 July, 2012:

1 head lettuce,
1 bunch swiss chard,
1 bunch beets,
1 green cabbage,
1# carrots,
1/2# pac choi,
2 green squash (zucchini or Kusa)
5 yellow squash (yellow straight neck, patty pan),
3 cucumbers,
1 bunch green onions

PYO: 1 quart green beans, peas, herbs and flowers

Take some: chinese cabbage, basil tops, hakurei turninps

I seem to be the squash queen again this year. I harvested 212 patty pan from ONE bed, and 288 yellow straight neck from 2 beds. Found triplets in the kusa bed: overlooked squash hiding underneath ended up almost as long as my forearm, and weighing a lot. There are 8 total squash beds right now, and the other days don't seem to be remembering them all every week. Hopefully they will learn.

Fish this week was BLUEFISH, yummm. Right now I am really liking everything I try from Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book

Sad news on Eastleigh Farm, one of their workers and staunchest supporters, Edgar Pless, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday July 3. They were reeling from this and still floundering a bit, as Edgar had been at the dairy since the beginning, and although he kept small notebooks, had an awful lot of information in his head. He was 65.

Yesterday was an especially busy day, as when Talis called Sunday (in tears, she was missing Winnie, us (Mum and Dad), Dakota (except he was not picking up his phone AGAIN this week) and her knees really really hurt, but through the tears she also said she was having a good time. And said that there was a space opened up on the extension part of the trip (sailing the boat back to St. Maarten from Trinidad), so I spent a bunch of yesterday finding out about costs and changing tickets (impossible from an international departure for a one-way ticket, but I can get a voucher for the ticket amount that she has to use within a year). SO, she;s all set, now returning home on August 1. :-) It's a good thing I do not have work outside the house, as Winnie really likes being with people.

But in and around doing this trip work, I got an incredible amount of stuff done yesterday, not necessarily in order done: emptied dishwasher, cooked breakfast for 2, ate for 1, walked dog, spent loads of time on hold trying to work something out for Talis (finally resolved at $450 for the additional 6 days, plus return flight investigation), ate lunch while on hold, balanced 2 auctions from ConCertino weekend, tended 2 hives, put honey supers on both (yes, I know it's late, the hive bodies are HEAVY), cut pine branches away from blue hive in back, dragged away said branches, swept downstairs linoleum (front hall, kitchen, dining room)... made Interfilk deposit, went to large puppy play, walked dog again, made dinner for 3, washed dishes, made plane reservations (booked return ticket from St. Maarten, yes, on Jet Blue again, as there are 2 hours between flights) and paid for extension...

Here is the Broadreach link to Talis's trip journals. It links to the one Talis wrote about the 4th of July, about their day doing community service on Montserrat. You should read them all, and look at the pictures. Please let me know what you think about Talis's writing ability. [I think she does a pretty good job, is much more detailed that almost all the others, but I may be slightly biased. I think I should cut & paste this into a word doc so Talis can use it as an example of her writing...]

This morning, I took David to the 6:23 train (there is something just magical about mist rising off the lakes and ponds early in the mornings, makes me smile), and decided to go over to the farm to drop off the boxes from the back of my car. I had made arrangements to pick up some used honey supers later in the morning, and needed to room in the car. So, Winnie and I arrived, he got out while I transferred boxes to the barn, finding all sorts of new and wonderful smells to explore. We went out into the fields to pick green beans, and peas (whatever we could find of snap peas, mostly gone past, but still enough to make it worthwhile), and herbs and flowers. Got some nice summer savory and oregano, Winnie had lost patience and wanted to walk, so flowers will have to some another day.

Must make another post to cover ConCertino, Talis's trip and extension, Winnie, early morning mist over ponds, social, Harvard Square Theater closed... Readercon, death and dying and what we leave (or don't leave) behind; I know there's other things that I have been thinking of writing about, but never have the time to sit and just write.
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Farm Share, 14 June 2012

bunch beets,
bunch radishes,
1 kohlrabi,
1# spicy greens,
3/4# mizuna,
4 heads lettuce (today, all green),
12 stems green kale.

Fish share, 15 June
yellow tail flounder.

Kale chips seem to be the best option so far for me for using up the kale in a timely manner. They are easy to make, they disappear when I bring them to parties, and I like the brilliant green. :-)

Roasting beets, cauliflower and kohlrabi gives some nice textures. I braised the last of the Hakurei turnips with Auntie Arwen's Fines Herbes and garlic, then threw the greens in at the last minute to wilt; they were also consumed at Sunday at the Park today. For the rest of the week, I foresee lots of green salads. :-)
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Just so you all know, the Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar with caramel and black sea salt, is scrumptious.

And I have an annoying teenager, and that's making me and D grumpy. *sigh* I think a lot of it is the winter months...
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Worked 9 hours today. Plus mileage. Went Trader Joe's shopping on the way home. Worked late enough to miss DCU's hours. The password I think I have is not the one they think I have for ATM useage of my card. *sigh* I'll try again tomorrow to get there before they close.

Spencer is in Ohio, he arrived and was ensconced in a room at 4:29 Friday am. Interfilk Annual Meeting happened this afternoon.

I forgot my new, improved facebook password, and have had absolutely no luck getting it reset. I've tried everything they have suggested, except calling my internet provider, (because we have our own servers, and I've never had any problems before getting e-mails), so I am stuck at a dead end, not able to get onto my account, and no way to contact FB directly by e-mail.

David called just before midnight; he has a dead battery, in Natick. I reminded him of AAA.

Plans have been made for a trip to Columbia, MD in November.

My birthday party is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I should make a more detailed post, but not tonight.

Saturday (later today) at 1 pm, Talis auditions for a solo part for Flying High, this years North Cambridge Family Opera production. For once, it does not conflict with FilKontario.

Tandoori Flounder FTW! Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book has been wonderful for finding recipes for fish I have not had in years. Last week, it was Roasted Bluefish. Earlier this summer, it was mussels.

I let Talis drive on the farm roads last night while we were waiting for people to come pick up their fish shares. She did OK, my car is still in one piece, and yes, it is time for me to find her a drivers' ed program.

And, because I am not in Ohio, I can go to a funeral on Sunday and give support to one of my extended family members.
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Let's try this again, originally posted to DW at 7:47pm.

OK, It's now time to stop reading FB and LJ, and make dinner of Hen in the Woods mushroom (yes, I did get another one from Kray the Mushroom Guy... they are addicting), and something else for more protein...

I had a pretty OK interview with Wegman's earlier, after I cleaned up from the farm; they say they will get back to me in a timely manner. We shall see.

Yesterday, L and I finished up building the new raised bed for herbs that we started Friday. It's 3+'x 5', and looks lovely, right next to the strawberry bed in front. Now, to populate it with some perennials, and think about annuals for the spring. :-) Pictures later.
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Does anyone have a pressure canner they would lend/long-term loan/give me?
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I am looking at my tomato sauce and wondering if maybe I did not hot-water bath it long enough. I think I might have looked at the pressure-canning times... or just spaced...

Can I put the jars into the water bath, heat the water, and start the timing when the water boils?

Or, do I need to open the jars, wash them, get new lids (again) and start from there?

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Anyone interested in dinner here tomorrow?

Fish, veggies, some other meat. Please bring a dessert or something to drink.

Usual time, 7-7:30 ish,

Big Blue House, 11 Wayne Road, Milford, MA 01757
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Any one interested in coming for dinner tomorrow night? Please let me know.

Fish (something with cod), steak tips, veggies...

Bring appetizer or dessert (but please let me know which so we are not overbalanced with one or the other).
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The Big Blue House
11 Wayne Road
Milford, MA

6:30pm onward

Come for fish (it's Friday, no, I'm not Catholic) and the bounty from my CSA. I am thinking of fish tacos... but am open to suggestions. If you want to contribute, appetizers, beverages, or dessert would be appropriate. (Although, my double chocolate zucchini bread and cinnamon zucchini cake have been going over quite well, so maybe a dessert to go along...) Please RSVP so I know how many leaves to put into the table. :-) 508-282-0089 or persis at thorndike dot name


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