I know, empirically, that carrot cake doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables. Or that an incredibly huge slice doesn’t count as two servings of vegetables. I think we all do.
Yet I still have a vague sense that it’s somehow wholesome and good for me, even though my best recipe for carrot cake calls for a whole cup of mayonnaise. A wholesome, somehow good-for-me-excuse to eat frosting in front of company, because it seems bad manners to shovel it in my mouth with a spoon.
Boy howdy was I ever grumpy when I awoke on this dreary 13th day of the 13th week of the 13th month of this longest. winter. ever. Or so it seems, with the polar vortexing and the winter storms that have people names that I hate. So, always striving towards efficiency, I decided to try the productive anger management therapy known as “hand kneading stiff dough.” And the oven heats the house up nicely, so we got a twofer.
End of season green tomatoes can be frustrating for the home gardener. Often thought of as waste these green “quitters” make a great condiment, Chutney.This Green Tomato Chutney recipe can easily be turned into another tasty and more familiar condiment, Ketchup!
Standing in the middle of the kitchen, I close my eyes and inhale deeply. A not quite sweet, yet ripe and fragrantly layered juicy scent teases my nose, pulling me toward the stove. I lean over a large pot, blissfully sucking in every possible odor nuance of the bubbling purple-red liquid. My daughter is simmering freshly picked chokecherries. Lovely scent memories from my childhood rise up, enveloping me in the magic of these wild shrub berries.
So I finally picked up some Kale. This thick, green, lettuce looking “superfood” I’ve been seeing everywhere (everywhere means Facebook.) I think I assumed, at first, that it was a fancy lettuce, like spinach, which was the “it” lettuce of the 2000’s if I remember correctly, and had dubbed Kale in my mind “the hipster lettuce”.