Eighth of an Acre Bounty

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

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Comfort Food

August 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

26 pounds of fresh hot Hatch green chile from New Mexico. I was born in New Mexico and although it has been almost 24 years now since we moved away, there is little that can compete with a big bowl of green chile as the ultimate grounding and centering meal.  No - this is most [...]

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Pickled, packed, sealed and frozen.

August 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Canning season is upon us. In this house it actually never really ends since I find myself canning up big batches of chicken stock every couple months from the trimmings and bone I hide away in the freezer after we roast a chicken. But the preservation of summer’s gifts has officially begun. It all started [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

Summer meals

July 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Pardon the poor picture quality, but I was hungry and there wasn’t much light left so the camera flash left everything a bit overexposed. It occurred to me that I have all but stopped cataloging¬† some of our meals. With canning and growing season well upon us, the daily food preparation takes a backseat. Add [...]

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Fruity

July 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Friday before last, we went to a local u-pick strawberry field and walked away an hour later with 28 pounds of strawberries. I froze several bags for use later in the winter and I also immediately baked up some shortcake for dessert that evening (real shortcake, not that angels food sponge-like substance you get [...]

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Got Pie?

June 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Despite my promise to post more frequently I’ve failed. You see, I’ve been busy making pie. In fact, the whole household got wrapped up in the pie making for a day or two. You can see Gary’s documentation and newly developed (soon to be patented) pie holder for all this pie here. These pies above [...]

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Spring Green

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The spinach I planted in the cold frame way back in February has turned into a bumper crop. In addition the girls have had numerous 3 egg days recently so this household has been rolling in the greens and eggs. What better way to celebrate the emergence of true spring than Spinach pasta?
Tuesday night we [...]

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The End of Dark Days

March 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week brings us to the end of the Dark Days challenge. Time to look ahead to the crisp greens of spring and the tang of a summer tomato dribbling down your chin. Participating in the weekly write up this year has been a good exercise for me. We prepared well last summer and didn’t [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Dark Days Challenge 08-09

Pig Parts

March 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

AKA the great offal experiment.
As I’ve mentioned before, we ordered half a pig from a local farm a mere 15 minutes from our house this year. In the course of making the cut arrangements with the farm I inquired about the offal. You see, I am a bit preoccupied with using everything. Especially when an [...]

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Dark Days Week 16

March 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This past week has been pretty busy. So busy that I never got to read the book I was supposed to by this afternoon, I haven’t kept up at all with posting this week and here we are staring down a rapidly approaching Monday. Saturday was another busy day, full of meat grinding and mixing [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Dark Days Challenge 08-09

Dark Days - Week 15!

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Pretty amazing that we are now in week 15 of the Dark Days Challenge, that means spring must be just around the bend! In keeping with a theme that seems to have sprung up among a good portion of the Dark Days bloggers, this weeks meal is once again focused on BEANS! Another bean soup [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Dark Days Challenge 08-09