August 28, 2013

Sometimes, you should just read the package: Stove top Popcorn

I’ll admit, I’m one of those that scans the suggested cooking instructions then proceeds to cook how I think it should be done.

Why use a timer when you can just touch, taste, and smell to see if onions are softened, garlic is fragrant, chicken is cooked, dinner is done?

The humble popcorn has kicked me off my cloud.
Sometimes, you should just read the package.

In an attempt to ban microwave popcorn from my house I tried several batches of homemade microwave popcorn. Where you put the kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, shake it up with a tsp of oil and pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half. Alton Brown does it.
I tried. Many times. The first bowl was such a novelty that I didn’t care that only 1/2 the bag popped. The second time, when the kernels burned it was a bit of a damper. Miraculously a bag of potato chips appeared with the comment “I had my doubts about the popcorn thing”. Then the experimenting began. Try it with oil, without oil, with the oil really coating each kernel. With salt. Without. For a minute. a minute and a half. Two. One fold on the lunch bag. Parchment bags instead.
Finally about 2 scoops of kernels away from the end…
I read the back:
Popcorn stovetop instructions

I tried it.
It worked.
Every single kernel popped. And every single kernel was nice and fluffy with a crispy popped middle. Delicious. and it took, oh. a minute or two.

Popcorn: stovetop popped

Popcorn: stovetop popped

July 29, 2013

The garden project: A kale frittata with added protein

When the organic gardening forums state that ants are a pest, but won’t actually ruin your garden and to leave the ants be, they lied. Continue reading

July 22, 2013

A mystery green!

Tonight’s dinner got my CSA spidey senses tingling.
A mystery green!


The only instructions: blanch it before you saute.
(Oh, and the usual mystery green disclaimer- “it’s like spinach”.”Spinach” is the vegetable worlds “rattlesnake? it tastes like chicken”.)

Well I ate my mystery green. In this delicious bowl.
Mystery green, blanched then sauteed with leeks, chili flakes, $1 cannellini beans, and $1 gnocchi. Pleasantly, a really tasty meal.

and now, fellow gardeners, food foragers, and csa holders.. can anyone guess what it is? Please comment your guess below!