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Today’s Catch July 24, 2007

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Hit the back yard after work today, just as a gentle rain started. Picked a bunch of black raspberries:

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I’ll bring home some vanilla ice cream tomorrow for movie-time with Spawn O’ My Loins 😉

Also got my first real harvest out of my garden:

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Rainbow chard, cukes, ‘maters, basil, summer squash, red onions, Hungarian wax and Italian hot peppers, peas, and a butt-load of purslane, which I stir-fried with sesame oil, green onions, Hungarian yellows, a nice fat ramp and some tamari:

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‘Twas guuuuuuuud!

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Yer Berries Are In… July 17, 2007

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Black berries, raspberries, black raspberries…

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Blueberries are pretty inconsistent this year; they seem to like a wet spring and a hot summer, but our weather has been a bit off that track.

Might have to pick a pint of raspberries and get some delicious local ice-cream…

More Entries Into The Hundred Yard Diet: July 16, 2007

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The most common weeds in my garden are all edible; dandelions, plantain, purslane and lamb’s quarters.

It’s pretty cool to weed your garden and eat the weeds!

Here, lamb’s quarters are growing over a nice succulent purslane:

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The lamb’s quarters are a cool salad green, chewy and a bit nutty, reminiscent of arugula or some other non-vapid green. The purslane is succulent and a bit acidic, like sheep sorrel. I’m gonna try it in a raw Asian salad with sesame oil and maybe a lemon-tahini dressing.

I don’t know exactly why, but I seem to get an inordinate amount of pleasure from finding free, organic, delicious food!

The Runt’s Rude Recipes, Take 1 July 12, 2007

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…And so begins a new series dedicated to a subject I love dearly: FOOD.

I love to cook. I LOVE to eat! If I didn’t have the metabolism of a chipmunk, I’m sure I’d be as big as a house, albeit a one-story job.

Unfortunately, I can’t follow a recipe to save my ass. So I cook from the palate, which has generated some extraordinary fare over the years. But since I never measure anything and don’t write any of it down, a lot of my best efforts were One-Shot Wonders, never to be seen (or tasted) again. Oh well.

In the service of “full disclosure,” I should also confess that since I never taste my cooking ’till it’s in everyone’s plates, I’ve created a small number of total disasters, such as Chili con Codfish, Chicken Chernobyl, Lentils Dégulas and Gifelte Melts.

Never ignore the Warning Signs.

Tonights meal was a nice, safe Pasta Primavera, inspired by yesterday’s small haul of chanterelles, a beautiful, easy mushroom for beginners and a gastronomic treat for us Old Farts. It was basically a stir-fry of organic squashes, a big bulb of coarsely-chopped garlic, red onion, the afore-mentioned chanterelles, and garlic scapes in some wicked friggin’ hot olive oil with a dash of tamari. It looked like this:

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Threw it on some angel hair, though I would have preferred fusilli because of the structure of the veggies, and topped it off with some cheap grated cheese, on accounta I’m poor. Younger Progeny loved it; Elder Progeny opted for some month-old jarred sauce. That’s OK; more for me! 😉

That’s about the depth of detail you can expect from me on the “recipe front,” ’cause that’s all I remember.

But it was delicious!

FINALLY! July 11, 2007

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‘Shrooms for Daddy…

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Chanterelles, to be precise! I was starting to wonder if I’d see ANY mushrooms this season… what’s up with THAT???

Maybe a nice pasta dish tomorrow night?