This week, in our kitchen, we have ....
:: stopped to admire at every given opportunity the 'first' of this season's harvest. The tidy (little) corner of precious syrup. (The season is over and it was a good one!)
:: enjoyed and nourished our bodies with our family-raised pork with much gratitude, reverence, respect and thought.
:: continued to honor my committment to using all of the animal that I can. This week, that meant rendering lard for the very first time.
:: been, therefore, preparing for cold-process soap making for the very first time!
:: made hard boiled eggs oh-so-often thanks to finally figuring out a trick to making fresh eggs easier to peel (a simple little poke in the end of the egg before boiling...I use a clean thumbtack).
:: been enjoying the simplicity and yumminess of Heidi Swanson's (of 101 Cookbooks) new book Super Natural Everyday so much that I haven't even gotten past the breakfast chapter (so far, her spinach strata and muesli are big hits 'round here).
:: made this fried rice (with brown rice instead of white, and sometimes adding sausage) a whole heck of a lot.
:: reluctantly turned the March page on the Nikki McClure calendar from my favorite image in all the years of having that calendar. I might just need to frame that one - it's so very right now for me.
:: made those brownies more times than I care to admit (Double the batch. Always double the batch.).
:: welcomed the return of the seasonal 'snack plate for lunch'. Quick to prepare, easy to eat on the run out of doors - hard boiled eggs, nuts, fruit, popcorn and easy things like that.
:: begun freezing meals to have on hand for the first baby-days that are ahead of us. Do you have any favorites?
:: been visited by a cooking purple dragon. Who knew?
It's a busy place, this kitchen of ours.
What's going on in YOUR kitchen this week?