This week, in my kitchen, I have...
:: fed breakfast to some very sleepy heads.
:: marveled at this new little eater among us who wants to try everything we do, and loves it all.
:: brought in the sap we boiled down outside to finish into syrup on the stovetop.
:: enjoyed the last of the frozen broccoli, peas, and stored squash.
:: promised my children we wouldn't have squash soup again for many, many months.
:: realized that it was just too warm of a winter for our makeshift root cellar to work as well as it could have.
:: sent a pile of (rotten) pumpkins and apples to the compost.
:: watched the stack of empty mason jars grow, grow, grow.
:: noticed that we made more ketchup than we could possibly eat. Perhaps we need to have a ketchup party soon (there was once mustard, why not ketchup?).
:: grown a little bit weary of all the broken glass on the tile floor. Dreamed about adding more wood and steel to our lives (our drinking cups are from Greenheart.)
:: been very excited as my boys declared lunchtime their responsibility. A cafe! Yes, please!
:: decided that this pan to oven baked method is the absolute best way of all to cook the pork chops. The pork chops that were accidentally cut to a 2" thickness. (Who knew my handwriting was so illegible?)
:: enjoyed, as the days have gotten longer, the return of an abundance of eggs by eating eggs for breakfast, adding egg salad to everything, and making quiche once again.
:: celebrated, in a silly but very sincere way, the presence of a new pot that fits my family. I had been waiting a very long time for my 8.875qt Staub dutch oven. I love it so.
:: enjoyed so much the motivation and inspiration in the Whole Food Kitchen online workshop (closed for this session, but there will be another next year).
:: made those "leftover oatmeal" muffins almost every day, as the wintertime oatmeal love fades and we always make too much. (1 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg, 1 TBSP melted butter, 1/2 cup milk, 4 TBSP honey/sugar/maple syrup, 2 TBSP baking powder, 1.5 cups flour, plus 1/2 cup 'extra somethings' - raisins, chocoloate chips, berries, etc. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.)
:: declared that while spoken word poetry is acceptable at the dinner table, harmonicas are not.
It's a busy place, this kitchen of ours!
What's happening in your kitchen this week?