Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fall

It was sunny for a few hours! My friend Rich and I went on a short hike while Tyree went on a motorcycle ride.

We tried to get up on Chuckanut Mountain to look for the elusive late season chantarelles, but there was another landslide on Chuckanut Drive. We just hiked down to Teddy Bear Cove and got some sunshine. We found lots of Fungi, but not the ones we were looking for, so I took the consolation prize of picking up locally grown chantarelles at the West Coast Oriental Grocer for $5.99 a pound. Sauteed them in a bit of butter with garlic, sea salt and black pepper on toast.



The sun! It burns!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ribs


So this is reason #2 why everyone needs a smoker. We cooked these for about 5 hours at 200 degrees. We just used a rub before made of white pepper, garlic, paprika and sea salt. No sauce. Next time I'd add some heat. I have hardly ever eaten them myself, but Tyree proclaimed them the best ribs he'd ever had.

We used the chips from the historic Apple Tree that came down on the front lawn of the YW a few weeks ago. The arborist let me climb into his truck and get 5 buckets of chips so everyone I know will be happily smoking away. I really only used a few cups of chips altogether for each of these projects, so if you want some apple chips, let me know!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Drunk on Smoked Chicken


Test drive for the charcoal smoker tonight. Works well, with some hacks.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hobbit Skills


I don't really can a HUGE quantity of anything because of space issues and because there are only usually 3 of us. Also we rotate the garden, which is pretty tiny. We rarely have a giant crop of anything at one time.

Canned so far this year:

Apple Pear Chutney
Sweet Relish
Fig Preserves
Apple Rosemary Jelly
Apple Sauce
Tomatoes
Dilly Beans
Baby Potatoes
Peaches
Carrots

In the freezer:
Blackberries
Corn
Blueberries
Raspberries

Dried:
Hazelnuts
Garlic

Overwintering:
Leeks
Kale
Carrots
Lettuce (so far!)
Bok Choy

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Urban Harvest of the Week.... Hazelnuts


It's actually hard to get to them before the squirrels and jays do.








Like a dragon guarding his pile of gold.



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wooohooo!

Cheesemaking date with Charlotte tomorrow! Pictures to follow!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Panning for Gold with Grandpa

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Ongoing Photo Project

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My giant picture file of everyone's photos can
be found here.
Some are still being edited, but there's some fun stuff here.

Honeymoon...

First some photos from the honeymoon.....


Visiting Ian and Jennine in the Methow Valley




View from the yard where they were house sitting.



Setting up camp in Methow Valley





Fly fishing Boulder Creek












Camping in Entiat Valley






Fly fishing Entiat River

















Bellingham Bay the night we came home....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hitched!

I'll admit, I'm left wordless for once in my life. So much hard work and love went into making our wedding day go smoothly for us. It was so wonderful to have our families together and all of our friends in from out of town. The day was perfect, the location was perfect. We are in love and we love all of you.



I'm going to keep things short, as we're saying goodbye to Conor for a couple of weeks and getting ready for our honeymoon adventure, but I promise a full recount and my massive compilation of pictures will be available to all shortly.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

LESS THAN A MONTH!



We're getting it all together! The only thing I'm worried about is pulling off the food.

So, here's the deal..... many of our relatives and loved ones will only be here for a few days and will be getting into town on Friday. Tyree and I were thinking that we'd make 3 giant pans of lasagna ahead and freeze them. On Friday night we'll just have an open house and people can drop in and eat lasagna and salad and wine and cheese whenever it's convenient and hang out ahead of time. The house is tiny but the backyard can hold a lot of people, so we'll all fit. No problem.

OOoooh! I'm so excited! Today my friend's band confirmed, I constructed a cupcake tree and Tyree bottled some beer.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's so stinky yet it tastes so good....


Here's a picture of my camembert getting it's white mold on.


Yesterday I went to Bellingham's one and only fromagierie and ordered up samples of 2 cheeses I've been wanting to try. Tyree's a big blue cheese fan so he got some Shropshire Blue and I'd been wanting to try Italy's stinkiest, Taleggio. I was not disappointed. It is so very good melted on toasted baguette. (I like to link to Murray's because they have great descriptions)

I'm not ready to make blue cheese at VSF yet. Other people have had trouble with the blue mold taking over their aging cave. I've decided to wait until this winter when conditions in our workshop are perfect for aging. I'll keep the blue isolated out there.

Making Taleggio on the other hand was what I did yesterday. I made new square molds and went to town. My homemade Taleggio style cheese is currently floating in brine. The red rind is caused by a bacteria called brevebacterium linens which ages the cheese from the outside in. It is also partially responsible for the incredible stinkyness. In case you're wondering, I have a file of frozen molds and cultures in my freezer. I'm adding more, bit by bit.



Taleggio


If you don't already know, there was a tragedy here in Bellingham this week and I'm doing my best to not obsess over the ongoing shoreline search for two of our community's well-loved characters. I didn't know either of them well, but people very close to me knew them very well. Family and friends are still searching. I'm keeping my mind occupied. The whole town is so sad.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boring....

I fear this blog is going to become singularly focused for a while.




Organic Milk






Curd




Cheese mold





Brining




Drying




Wait....what's that?



A temperature-controlled cheese cave for aging courtesy of Craigslist.
I am such a nerd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photos


I realize it probably seems dark, but here's the new kitchen color. You only get to see one corner, because it's the only not still in chaos.





My first cheese! It has to air dry for a few days.

Hello Old Friend.....

Sorry I've been a negligent blogger. We've had lot going on with wedding plans, the yard and baby chickens, etc. We have a looming fundraiser at work that does me in every year at this time.

Theta is recovering bit by bit. Every time she overdoes it, I worry we're back at the start. So far, so good.

I caved and joined Facebook, which I sort of hate and love at the same time, but it's not nearly as fun as the blog. I was starting to make a statement by NOT joining and since the truth was I was indifferent, I just did it. I'm already getting bored with it, but I'm the admin for the YWCA Facebook page, so there you go.

What with everything going on around here, Tyree and I decided to paint the kitchen. I promised him I would help put everything back in order tonight so we can have a proper meal. It turned out lovely. Dramatic!

I tried my hand at making homemade cheese this week and I think I'm hooked. We already had most of the equipment because it's the same as beer brewing. All I needed were some ingredients. I made my first 2 wheels last night and by my (admittedly low) standards, they came out awesome. My hilarious attempt at an improvised cheese press had everything heavy in the house precariously teetering in tower form all night last night. We made it without injury. Photos of homemade cheese in the newly painting kitchen are soon to follow. In the meantime, I leave you with cheesy inspirational photos! I did not take any of them.




Natural rinds with ash


The most beautiful cheese photo



Hope you're not scared of the mold! You can eat it!



How I'm hoping mine will turn out.



Cheese cave in France




Cheese cave in New York! I want to live in here.




Commercial cheese cave in France.