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What I learned on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Today I learned that pho restaurants can package your pho for takeout, with all the various things in different compartments, and even with little packets of hoisin and sriracha.

Actually I learned this in theory last Tuesday when I had lunch (pho, but we ate in) with friend Amy. I mentioned that I was sad [...]

More on pâté

We’ve been cleaning out the freezers in preparation for new pork in a couple of weeks, and also so that we can take advantage of the not-yet-pork pigs to feed them the freezer-burned three-year-old celery, giant bags full of chicken stock cubes, ancient pita bread, etc.

I have been loving having some pâté around for quick [...]

Baking

We were recently given a copy of a wonderful book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and since I made the first batch of dough, the dough bucket has not been empty — as soon as I finish one batch I am instantly making another in without even washing it, scraping the remnants of [...]

Spatchcocked barbecued chicken

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Spatchcocked barbecued chicken, originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

I learned how to spatchcock (hee!) (also known as butterfly) a chicken!

And I got some honey barbecue sauce from my internet secret santa, which was super exciting and [...]

Garth was in the middle of making dinner when I got home (Day 24)

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Garth was in the middle of making dinner when I got home (Day 24), originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

… he approached me as I entered the front door, holding this smiley-bowl full of grated cheese [...]

This is a big bag of onions, sitting in a chair. (Day 22)

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This is a big bag of onions, sitting in a chair. (Day 22), originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

Today we went to get our turkey at the Port Townsend Farmers’ market, which was AWESOME. Someone there [...]

I like working from home because I get to have a delicious breakfast (Day 19)

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I like working from home because I get to have a delicious breakfast (Day 19), originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

Like, say, steel-cut oats made with homemade buttermilk, and topped with mom-made raspberry jam.

I couldn’t sell this carrot* in Europe (Day 17)

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I couldn’t sell this carrot* in Europe (Day 17), originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

… yet, at least. But the EU has recently overturned regulations that required very specific aesthetics for lots of types of fruits [...]

I spent the day at the Ballard Farmers’ Market (Day 16)

Don’t ever let anyone tell you* that it’s too hard to eat local and organic in the winter! Look at this variety! Each of these photos is of a different vendor (except the turnips and the squash immediately following; those are from the same one).

I didn’t take a picture of my haul but I [...]

Walking fava bean (Day 15)

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Walking fava bean (Day 15), originally uploaded by laurenipsum.

We planted a cover crop of fava beans and crimson clover in the old tomato bed a bit ago and the birds (including the chickens and [...]