I tried the most divine roasted carrot + coconut soup at a dinner party last month, and was inspired to try recreating it when I saw a beautiful bunch of carrots at the farmer’s market. Read more…
It’s prime apple season here in Minnesota! Some college friends and I made a day of it on Saturday, driving out the Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater and baking in my kitchen afterward. In the past 24 hours, the following apple-licious dishes have been cooked in my kitchen:
- Mini apple hand pies (shared)
- Apple pie (Meredith’s)
- Apple crisp with my mom’s cobbler crust – amazing (mine now!)
- Stewed apples with ginger, lemon, cinnamon and cardamom, in the crock-pot (all mine.)
- Autumn chopped salads with Honeycrisps (also mine)
I learned that Haralson and Regent apples, while not as large or pink-pretty as Honeycrisps, are great for cooking and baking. Good thing, because we picked a peck of ’em at the orchard yesterday.
Now I have stewed apples and hand pies to tuck in the freezer for later.
This time last year, I was running around like a crazy person trying to figure out how to “get the yard ready for winter.”
This year it didn’t take much to convince me to hire it out. My thought process went something like this:
- I don’t want to rake the leaves.
- What am I thinking, I don’t have time to rake the leaves. Or mow the lawn. Or clean up the garden.
- You could make time if you wanted to, Lauren.
- No, I really couldn’t — I am traveling too much.
- Oh, and what’s that? Another work trip to New York? Okay …
- If it snows before the leaves are raked I’m going to lose all my grass to snow mold over the winter … all the grass that didn’t die in the drought this summer, that is …
- What the hell is going on with my perennials? (the pictures would just have made you sad, like me)
- Where am I going to borrow a mulcher from this year? And an edger? Why don’t I just buy a fancy lawnmower? Can’t it wait until spring?
- This is ridiculous. I’m not dealing with this anymore.
(I love the leaf line between my yard and the neighbor’s!)
Believe you me, I took copious pictures of the way they hacked my perennials to the ground (i.e. last photo above) so that I can do it myself again next year. Probably. Maybe…
It does not feel like fall when it is 80 degrees outside. But it looks like fall…
We had our first hard frost last week, and I spent most of Sunday afternoon raking leaves and pulling dead vegetable plants out of the garden.
basil and broccoli
tomatoes and beans
a formerly vibrant zucchini plant
Already counting the days until I can plant next year’s tomatoes.