We Have a Winner
April 20, 2008, 11:36 am
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Mom sent me a link to this recipe for a porchetta inspired pork shoulder.  We cooked it in the Big Green Egg for about 8 hours without any wood chips and it was the tastiest, juciest roast pork I’ve had in a long while.

One Reason
April 17, 2008, 3:42 pm
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It’s by no means the only reason or even a major one, really, but here’s a take from today’s NYT on why we go to the trouble to grow stuff in our back yard.  Of course, anyone who knows me knows we only grow veg for the flava.

On a related note, we augmented our salad last night with a few leaves from the lettuce plants we planted from the Garden center.  It’s a start.

Something’s Happening
April 15, 2008, 3:45 pm
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The lettuce and beets have sprouted.  I’m almost as excited as a new parent.  Almost.  At least the seeds weren’t duds.

Pretty Keen
April 9, 2008, 6:49 am
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After years of trying to keep my kitchen knives sharp and not being satisfied with the results I discovered the solution was just 2 miles away from me.  Sharpening knives on a whetstone has always seemed like a black art to me.  I must have missed that night during Boy Scouts.  But a web search revealed NJ Grinding in nearby Belleville.  Literally a hole in the wall behind a non-descript brick building.  What a difference!  I’m ready to dice mirepoix all night long.  Night of the long knives, indeed!

And, the best part is, all of you around the country can enjoy fine work and get your knives back up to snuff.  Through their website, CutleryMania, the folks at NJ Grinding offer a service whereby they mail you a shipping container for your knives, you send your knives to them and Presto! within a couple of days your knives are returned sharpened and ready for battle with that mound of onions.

These guys are so sharp good they even fixed an old paring knife with a broken tip.  Ground a new one right on to it.

Let There Be Light
April 5, 2008, 11:16 am
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100-0023_img.jpgWe got a little more adventurous with out seeds started indoors this year thanks to my mother-in-law.  She gave us a ginormous plant light set up (3 shelfs, each shelf 4 feet long with 4 bulbs) which increased out seed starting capability six-fold.

 We set it up in the attic because the thing is too tall to go in the basement.  So we’ve got flowers, ‘maters and some herbs going so far.  And we haven’t even filled one shelf.

In addition to the seeds planted last weekend I planted a few lettuce and parsley seedlings from the garden center.  After nearly a week, the lettuce is visibly larger.  We’ll have a few leaves in our salad next weekend, perhaps.  I was worried about the seedlings as the night after I planted them the temp dropped down to 26, but those plants are hardy little suckers.  Besides, I’m going to have so many seedlings from the plant lights that a little die off in the garden might not be a bad thing.

Ahhh, Wednesday!
April 2, 2008, 4:20 pm
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After Friday, Wednesday is my favorite weekday.  Why, you ask?  Well, because that’s the universal day for newpapers to run their food sections.  Most of these sections are pretty lame, “10 New Ways to Use Canned Mushroom Soup” et. al.   But, the grandaddy of all food sections is the New York Times.  Because I work an overnight shift, I’m constantly clicking on “refresh” starting at midnight on Wednesday to see what this week’s offerings are.  I usually buy the paper on the way home anyway to have a hard copy but sometimes the online perusal can save me a buck and a quarter.

 Once upon a time, in the dark ages of the internets there was a website called SauteWednesday which collated all the food sections from around the country onto one website.  But, alas, the blogger who put that together turned pro and abandoned it.

 In other food publishing news, my latest edition of Meatpaper arrived yesterday.  My subscription was a Christmas gift from my sister and one of the better gifts I received this year.  This quarterly publication has fascinating articles on “the culture of meat”.  Some even written by vegatarians!  This month’s issue includes articles Israel’s clandestine pork market, and Tunisian goat testicles, among others.