Monthly Archives: December 2011

Freaky Produce: Sunchokes

Every week, we get a a box of gorgeous, fresh produce from Papa Spud’s*. It’s like having the farmer’s market delivered to our door by a guy wearing a tie-dyed tee-shirt. We love PS’s because, unlike some other produce deliveries, we can choose exactly what’s in our box each week, and because we definitely get our money’s worth. Seriously, we are overwhelmed with vegetables at times. (How many ways ARE there to cook turnips, and does anybody need a carload of serrano peppers?)

Sometimes, when we’re kale-and-rutabaga-ed out, we pick out something we’ve never tried before. Here’s our review of the ugly darling of the root vegetables, the sunchokeContinue reading

Holy crap. We made bacon.

One of my favorite things, and there are many, about my dear friend Carolina Gypsy are the Intimidating Food Parties she throws. The rules are deceivingly simple; stick to the theme, and make a dish that is intimidating to you. This could be making toast, mastering a family recipe, or deboning a duck, depending on your experience level and degree to which you want to stress yourself out. This past party’s theme was “Bacon and/or Beer,” and seeing as how we won the last party’s Most Intimidating award (with mole, for the “Latin” Foods theme), we were not to be outdone.

We took this challenge very seriously. Bacon or beer? We chose bacon. Just bacon. From scratch.

Thanks, Carolina Gypsy, for providing this picture, as we were too ravenous (and late to your party) to remember to take one ourselves.

It should also be pointed out that I’m a *cough* “vegetarian.” Most of the time.  I don’t eat it as an everyday rule, but I don’t deprive myself of wonderful food experiences.

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The Scientifish Process: Goldfish and Grow Beds

I’m no good at houseplants. All that required sunlight casts an awful glare on the television, and that’s not a sacrifice I’m willing to make. In fact, in an effort to impress Arrie the first time she came to my place, I bought $50 worth of potted plants (I removed the price tags) and strategically placed them around my house. Six months later, the ruse seems to’ve worked.

But I do okay with fish. Well, goldfish anyway.

For years, I’ve been interested in aquaponics, the marriage of hydroponics and fish tanks. I’ve had a system similar to this for about three years now. What follows is my third version of this setup. Again, this isn’t really a how-to, just a description of how we’ve done it. I’ll try to answer any questions in the comments, but I’m certainly no expert.

Fish Tank, Grow Bed and Light

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