Eighth of an Acre Bounty

Random thoughts and anecdotes on cooking, critters, gardening and life on our small city lot.

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Entries from July 2008

Bees

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Because there were three whole posts in a row with no eye candy. I give you bee head above And bee butt below.

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Tags: Animals

Unbelievable

July 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Read this Maybe Monsanto and Cooks Illustrated should get together. Cooks Illustrated could create recipes specifically and only for GM patented Monsanto crops and then they both could get even richer suing anyone who tried to use thier own corn or add a little spice… I can just see Christopher Kimball in his little bowtie […]

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Tags: Food Politics

Independence Days Challenge 2

July 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Plant Something – Planted Beets, Lima Beans more Swiss chard. Harvest Something – Harvested Lemon Marigold seeds, more lettuce, beets, kohlrabi, bunching onions, walking onions,  and chinese broccoli (kai-lan) Preserve Something – blanched and froze two and a half gallons of Chinese Broccoli Prep Something – Layed soaker hose down in the main garden bed. […]

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Tags: Independence Days

On Being Public

July 25th, 2008 · No Comments

I was trolling erm…surfing (damn this new interweb lingo) around yesterday visiting my regular-read blogs and came to Homesteading Hickory Hills and a rather surprising post. It seems the writer of this particular blog is fed up with the numerous visitors and lack of comments and had decided to stop posting. Of course I am […]

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Tags: Deep thinking

Blackberry Buttermilk Sherbet

July 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I broke down and bought an ice cream maker earlier this week. I’d been pondering it for quite a while, keeping an eye on CraigsList and finally just bought it.  As soon as I got it home I rushed the bowl into the freezer so it would be frozen and ready for some churning once […]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

Progress

July 23rd, 2008 · 8 Comments

It is always astonishing to me to witness all of the growth and change within a few short seasons. It happens every year but I am still surprised and giddy when the first passion flower blooms on the vine or the first flower appears on the bean stalks. I was looking back through my pictures […]

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Tags: Gardening

Independence Days Challenge 1

July 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This year I have been trying to record our harvest  much more rigorously than in years past. Both to aid in my planning for next year and to get a true idea of what we can get out of our little square of earth. I toyed with the idea of creating a sidebar listing the […]

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Tags: Independence Days

On making room and ravioli

July 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Now comes the time that I waffle on when to plant seeds for the fall garden. So many of our plants are still growing and producing I am loathe to pull em out before their prime. And very little of what is currently ready is preservable (mostly lettuce, fennel, green onions, etc). But I also […]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

I Caught One!

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The bee balm is in bloom and the hummingbirds wasted no time in gathering their dinner. Every year I watch them from the patio. The lilac is always their first source of visible food in our garden. Once the lilac blooms fade they spend several weeks flitting about and dive bombing our heads until the […]

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Tags: Gardening · Wildlife

Local Meals*

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

We’ve been in the greens for a while now from the garden.  Last night was a late dinner, destined to be leftovers of the stew I made the day before. It was a grand Sunday of stock-making, including duck, shrimp and chicken stocks and I made a simple stew of kale, leftover chicken, carrots, celery […]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food