October 17, 2013
So Tuesday night, between going to the farm, finishing a John Scalzi novel, and writing yesterday morning’s CSA post, I managed to can 8½ quarts of tomato puree that I did in the Squeezo on Saturday.
This is about 1/3 of them.
I’d rather have canned these the same day I puréed them, but when you’re busy you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I puréed my tomatoes on Saturday, about 35-40 pounds of them, which came out to about 12 quarts. then stuck them in the fridge. I kept some aside to make tomato soup [Read More…]
September 24, 2013
Because you have not lived until you’ve spit out a little ammo at the supper table!
My Dad is a hunter. Years ago, he primarily hunted ducks and geese. Also many years ago, he and my husband took a trip to South Dakota:
The scene of the harvest in this mid ‘80s South Dakota picture, heads draped over the edge of the tailgate, is a familiar one to me. I remember being young, maybe 8 or 9, and taking a long time to get up the nerve to go TOUCH one of the lined-up fowl. Of course, at least in my memory, it is dark in the driveway. Very dark. No starlight, no moon, no nothing. Just a tailgate full of dead ducks, and for whatever reason I had myself convinced that if I were brave, I would go touch one. Laura Ingalls wouldn’t be afraid to touch one. [Read More…]
September 23, 2013
I’ve been a long-time fan of Barbara Kingsolver. I have read most all of her books, except The Poisonwood Bible, and I don’t know why I haven’t read that one. I think my favorite has to be Prodigal Summer. Who knew moth copulation could be put down so beautifully on paper? She’s a lyrical writer, and I relish every sentence as if it’s a morsel of the finest chocolate (fair trade chocolate, of course. Just kidding. I’ve never seen fair trade chocolate in Metropolitan St. Louis, although I have not looked.). She is fantastic. A friend, when describing Kingsolver’s books, introduced me to the word “polemic.” I’m sure Kingsolver seems that way to some. Oh, heck: She is polemic. It is true.
BUT, that she is polemic and writes beautifully about moth sex is not what almost ruined my life. [Read More…]