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Entries Tagged as 'Dark Days Challenge 08-09'

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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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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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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Shepherds Pie - Dark Days

February 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yes, this is yet another Dark Days post sans pictures. I can’t seem to pick up the camera lately when I am cooking. Add to that the fact that we’ve been pretty active with projects this week so by the time dinner is ready we fall upon it ravenously - no time for a photo [...]

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Dark Days Chicken Dinner

February 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I’m a bit late in making my dark days post this week. Also - no pictures. We were out of town for most of the weekend (details to be posted shortly) and spent most of Sunday constructing another cold frame and building the long anticipated chicken gate.
Our featured dinner this week was a relatively simple [...]

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Pizza - Dark Days

February 9th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’ve been searching around lately for a 100% whole wheat pizza dough recipe. Most recipes that purport to be whole wheat dough are in actuality somewhere between 30-50% whole wheat with the remainder being either bread flour or all purpose. Now I’m not going to claim that I don’t like white pizza dough - but [...]

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Arikara Bean Soup - Dark Days

January 29th, 2009 · 10 Comments

This past weekend while at the West Seattle Farmers Market I picked up a small package of dried beans. The name of the beans was written in thick felt tip and not all that discernible, but they were the most unfamiliar of the three dried bean varieties that Full Circle had on their table. A [...]

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Dark Days Catch-up

January 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

As I mentioned below, I missed last weeks Dark Days post so this one will cover two meals. First up was this weeks meal, a variation on keftedes as learned from a Moroccan friend.

I took a pound of beef from our quarter of grass-fed beef (Prairie Springs Ranch) and mixed it with a bunch of [...]

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Variation on a Theme - Dark Days Challenge

January 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This weeks meal is essentially the same as last weeks featured meal - with a few additions. The truth is that the farmers markets have been pretty scarce lately and the main output from our own garden after the snow has consisted mainly of Leeks and Eggs. That, coupled with the fact that I am [...]

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Single Life - Dark Days Challenge

January 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Gary has been out of town since Friday, celebrating a belated Christmas with his family. I’ve been here, holding down the fort - cuddling with cats and dog and letting the chickens in and out as they please. With only one person to cook for, meals have been pretty simple around here consisting mainly of [...]

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