Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cooking Up A Story...

I wanted to find a video that I could post here for everyone to enjoy that had to do with canning. I grew up canning, both my grandmothers and my mother gardened and canned, and so it is second nature to me.

I always do tomatoes because you can use them in so many recipes and I'm experimenting with a different preparation this year that I'll share with you later on. Jams and jellies are my favorite creations and I've put by a lovely blueberry jam, this year without sugar - just honey - and I must say it is fab.

In the meantime, enjoy this take on preserving food with "Cooking Up A Story".

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Well, I know I have a lot of videos on my blog right now, but don’t forget to check out my older posts. I’ve posted a short story I’m working on, and talked about rice, garlic, coffee, and asparagus. I like my garden and food. That’s where I’m going today, to the garden.

September has flown by here in New England. As the days get shorter and shorter and the air changes to crisp and cool, the final vestiges of green growing things struggle to survive in the hillside, too shady, weed infested area I’ve staked out for growing vegetables.

This year the garden was expanded, the fencing went up late (I wasn’t about to put all my plants out so the deer and bunnies could have a party at my expense), and many of the beautiful plants I’d started indoors got root bound, bug infested (organic means Bugs!!), sun deprived, water deprived and attention deprived. But despite all that I have a bumper crop of tomatoes. I’ll be canning some as sauce, and trying a Green Tomato Chutney. When I have time again I’ll let you all know how I did.

Until Then.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Let Us Not Forget...

“I do pray, and that most earnestly and constantly, for some terrific shock to startle the women of the nation into a self-respect which will compel them to, see the absolute degradation of their present position; which will compel them to break their yoke of bondage and give them faith in themselves; which will make them proclaim their allegiance to women first . . . . The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it. O to compel them to see and feel and to give them the courage and the conscience to speak and act for their own freedom, though they face the scorn and contempt of all the world for doing it!"

Susan B. Anthony, 1872.