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Thursday, September 30, 2010


I look back on this month, and my lack of entries is lameness personified. I think it's because I've been starting a new job, and trying to figure out what is next with my business. And while I know what I'd like to do next, it's going to be a while before that's manifested; and Homegrown Cooking School in its current state, is on hold. I'll still offer a few classes over the next couple of months, but in terms of the all-encompassing "This is what I'm doing" that it was last year? That's over. And for a variety of reasons. Some relating to money, and some relating to a refusal to continue accepting mediocrity as a means to get money; and all of that is a good thing. Fall is a good time for change, and there is a lot of that going on. Thanks for staying tuned to see what comes next...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baked Grapes

I know, I know! It sounds totally weird, and slightly disgusting... but believe me when I tell you this is awesome!!

While we were in Ashland a few weeks ago, one night we stayed at a bed and breakfast. The breakfast was really tasty, but I was totally perplexed by this warm fruit. It tasted like cherries. It looked like grapes, but they were clearly splitting and none of us could figure it out.
Turns out, they were baked grapes, with a little vanilla yogurt on top. Here's how to do it:

Baked Grapes:

1-2 cups grapes
nonstick cooking spray/olive oil
salt and pepper, if you want

Spray your pan and add the grapes.

Bake the grapes in a single layer, at 375* for 15 minutes.

When they are done, they will be sweet and mushy, and taste just like cherries!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair 2010

I realize that I've been kind of scarce around these parts lately, and honestly, am completely behind in things I wanted to write about (Ashland? yes. Awesome brunch place in Ashland? yes. Canning? yes. Gardening update? of course.) so I shall be working on that some more soon. But for now, we have last weekend's Harvest Fair.

So many booths!
So much sun!

And the scariest peppers on Earth! (you better believe that I am not eating them... but John is!)

We got to make herb crowns

And random people smiled at us after we left, because they thought we were fairies or something...

But it was awesome.

Then we left and I realized that I forgot to take any pictures of the Tilth gardens this year... and then we walked by this house with amazingly huge gardens in the front yard.

It was amazing!

Crazy mint patch

The grape arbor crossed over the sidewalk and was so beautiful. Their backyard was so full of plants and bean towers, they must have had to walk into the plants to harvest anything. It was truly fantastic!