Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cookbooks: borderline hoarding

Hi, my name us Kelly and I have a problem.

Cookbooks.

I’m drowning in them.

TLC is planning a new reality show around my, er, “collection.”

I love cookbooks (short reason? Food porn. Yes.). But I almost NEVER follow recipes. I don’t bake obviously.

My newest acquisition is “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi. It’s all about vegetables, and I started longing for it last summer when we were neck deep in vegetables from our first CSA.

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It is a downright gorgeous book. Simple flavorful recipes for omnivores and vegetarians alike. The quinoa, fennel, and pomegranate salad featured in Bon Appetite is amazing (though I don’t see it in the book–google it).

I’ll let y’all know how we use the book during our summer share!

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Meet Agnes

Because I can, I’m gonna post pictures of our newest family member, Agnes. She’s a 6 month old Scottish Terrier mix and she’s our lil puppy love.

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Our CSAs

As I mentioned in my first post, we are share holders in two CSA programs. This year is our first year participating in the meat CSA with Pat’s Pastured, a local farm that raises beef, lamb, pork, and poultry using pasture practices. If you’re familiar with Joel Salatin, farmer Pat McNiff’s practices have been said to be quite similar. Let the chickens be chickens, the beef be beef, let Bartlett be Bartlett, and pork be pork, etc. (Sorry, my nerd was showing there). The CSA runs from May through October and cost $650 up front. We can expect once-monthly hauls of between 10 to 15 lbs of mixed meat plus a dozen eggs (I think), and we worked it out to be about $8.25/lb. not bad considering that it is local, humanely raised, and delicious. We’ve been buying Pat’s meat at our farmers market for about a year and it makes all other meat taste like old shoes. It’s excellent. Pat’s got a a great thing going in East Greenwich, and he’s overcome some serious NIMBY judgypants folks to bring a great thing to this area.

Our vegetable CSA, which we participated in last summer, is run through Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI. For about $525, we get a haul once a week for 26 weeks. Keeps us healthy on the cheap!

We’re looking anxiously forward to the start of our CSAs. There’s only so much more frozen and very out of season food I can eat as the weather gets more and more beautiful!

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Welcome home

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This blog is an attempt to catalogue our adventures making our new house home, while at the same time keeping a chronicle of our participation in two CSA programs. We started to keep track of house stuff over at our first home-centric blog, but things got busy, projects got cooking, and frankly I (Kelly) got lazy.

Our ambitions are lower this time. Post once a week about our CSA haul and how we use it, and sporadically share our house projects. More pictures, fewer words, easier to manage (fingers crossed).

Short version of events to get yo’self up to speed: we are Kelly and Steve, we’re married, we’re gainfully employed, we just bought a 50+ year old house, we have a pup named Agnes, we like to eat, and when we can, we like to keep things local. We are members of a vegetable CSA–run by Casey Farm in Saunderstown RI–and it’s our second year there, and this year, we’ve joined a meat CSA run by Pat’s Pastured in East Greenwich RI. And we have a milk man who brings us local milk, eggs, and cheese (among other locally produced goodies).

We’re looking forward to sharing our home with you: food and projects. It’s those things (along with each other, Agnes, and our friends and families–our village!) that make our house a home.

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