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I don’t know how he does it, but @davidsupica has some of the most genius ideas.

These are cucumbers from our garden, quick pickled in the juice left over from a jar of claussen’s we already ate. 

Extra pickling salt + vinegar= voilà! A brand new jar of delicious pickles in just one day in the fridge. #hacked ūüíö 

#thereisnopickleemoji #iguessweknowwhy

I don’t know how he does it, but @davidsupica has some of the most genius ideas.

These are cucumbers from our garden, quick pickled in the juice left over from a jar of claussen’s we already ate.

Extra pickling salt + vinegar= voil√†! A brand new jar of delicious pickles in just one day in the fridge. #hacked ūüíö

#thereisnopickleemoji #iguessweknowwhy

Tempeh shiitake banh mi noodles. Home pickled red onion!

Tempeh shiitake banh mi noodles. Home pickled red onion!

Obsession taken to new heights (albeit smaller). An ARMY of tiny cobalt bottles, 85 strong.

Obsession taken to new heights (albeit smaller). An ARMY of tiny cobalt bottles, 85 strong.

east side bride

This website brings me some happy in my race toward self-fulfilling prophetic bridal doom

There’s joy in every step.

Gardening woes

I’m trying so hard to grow my own food.¬†

And by “so hard” I mean, harder than last year, which was a sort of “well I guess I’ll put all these things in the ground without a lot of research and see what happens”. ¬†And it worked out alright.¬†

This year, I planted my “cold weather” seeds right before a big thunderstorm‚Ķand I think many of them washed away. ¬†I’ll put more in soon.

Then I bought this nice little vinyl pop up greenhouse at Home Depot for $30, and put all my “wait until warmer weather” seeds in labeled containers. ¬†They looked so good! Then it was super windy and my dumbass didn’t tie the thing down. ¬†I put my poor little babies on ship to doom with a giant vinyl sail! ¬†

The things I learn. 

So now, I’m planning a bit more.

The Almanac says to plant above ground crops during a waxing moon phase, and below the ground crops in a waning moon phase.  Here is a copy of the 2014 moon cycle in central time: (From http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/phase/phase2001cst.html)

 Year      New Moon       First Quarter       Full Moon       Last Quarter
2014 Jan 1 05:14 Jan 7 21:39 Jan 15 22:52 Jan 23 23:19 Jan 30 15:39 Feb 6 13:22 Feb 14 17:53 Feb 22 11:15 Mar 1 02:00 Mar 8 07:27 Mar 16 11:09 Mar 23 19:46 Mar 30 12:45 Apr 7 02:31 Apr 15 01:42 t Apr 22 01:52 Apr 29 00:14 A May 6 21:15 May 14 13:16 May 21 06:59 May 28 12:40 Jun 5 14:39 Jun 12 22:11 Jun 19 12:39 Jun 27 02:09 Jul 5 05:59 Jul 12 05:25 Jul 18 20:08 Jul 26 16:42 Aug 3 18:50 Aug 10 12:09 Aug 17 06:26 Aug 25 08:13 Sep 2 05:11 Sep 8 19:38 Sep 15 20:05 Sep 24 00:14 Oct 1 13:33 Oct 8 04:51 t Oct 15 13:12 Oct 23 15:57 P Oct 30 20:48 Nov 6 16:23 Nov 14 09:16 Nov 22 06:32 Nov 29 04:06 Dec 6 06:27 Dec 14 06:51 Dec 21 19:36 Dec 28 12:31


And the almanac


Ok. On it.
THIS is old news, but my greatest discovery of today. 
Tin Hat is a jazz/folk/new music quartet (hard to really describe…in the best way) and they’ve made an album from e.e. cummings poetry.  It’s fabulous.  
Really nice to write/think/drink tea to.  An active listening experience combining two of my favorite art forms.  Well crafted, but not too art for arts sake.  Very accessible (although that’s pretty relative, considering my taste).
Please enjoy this sometime when the mood is optimistically thoughtful and curious.  album title: the rain is a handsome animal

THIS is old news, but my greatest discovery of today. 

Tin Hat is a jazz/folk/new music quartet (hard to really describe‚Ķin the best way) and they’ve made an album from e.e. cummings poetry. ¬†It’s fabulous. ¬†

Really nice to write/think/drink tea to. ¬†An active listening experience combining two of my favorite art forms. ¬†Well crafted, but not too art for arts sake. ¬†Very accessible (although that’s pretty relative, considering my taste).

Please enjoy this sometime when the mood is optimistically thoughtful and curious.  album title: the rain is a handsome animal

Bike Commuter

It’s pretty nice outside in Nashville. ¬†70+ degrees today, and yesterday was just as lovely.¬†

I decided to ride my bike to work yesterday.  Well, really, I decided Sunday night.  I am not what you would call, a cyclist.  I have ridden my bike a short few distances around East Nashville, but nothing too daunting.  

While this trip is not too long, it’s definitely longer than I have ever ridden before. ¬†And boy‚Ķthere are hills.

Overall, though, I’m really happy with riding to school. ¬†I love being outside, and it was GREAT exercise. ¬†I got to see beautiful Nashville around 9:30 am from the pedestrian bridge (that crosses the river) and didn’t have to run when I get home.

The trip proved a few things:

1.  Totally capable of riding my bike to work.

2. ¬†I need better bike riding gear, like the pants/shorts with gel. ¬†My butt hurts today‚Ķ Also a headlight, light commuter style backpack (mine is big and heavy) and maybe a cuter helmet. ¬†That’s just vanity speaking, though.

3.  Riding my bike only adds about an hour total, roundtrip, to my work commute.  

Hopefully, I’ll start to do this more and more often. ¬†Happy riding!

GALentines dessert: Chocolate Amaretto Pots de Créme

I’d never heard of GALentines day before this February 14th, but I thought it was the CUTEST thing when my fave gal at Boone & Sons (the new market close to us) said it to me while I was purchasing ingredients for the evening’s meal. ¬†

David is out of town. ¬†Tracy’s Wayne is out of town (on the same adventure) and other fabulous girls in my life were available for a nice dinner on this night otherwise specified for romance. ¬†

Let me be straightforward: ¬†I don’t really get down with Valentine’s day too much. ¬†I HATE going out to eat on this day (too many people, shitty service from pissed off servers, etc), and I generally don’t expect/wish for anything too out of the ordinary special. ¬†That being said, flowers sent to work always make me feel warm inside and blush on the outside. ¬†I don’t hate Valentines day, I just don’t get wrapped up in it. ¬†I want David to be around ALL the time, so missing Feb. 14th with him isn’t any worse than missing Feb. 13th (or 12th, or 11th, or…)

I DO get wrapped up in feeding people I love.  This past Friday, I was able to make really wonderful salmon (beautiful, and purchased from Boone & Sons-just a little smoked salt, garlic powder, pepper, and butter/lemon juice) a salad (red kale/red leaf lettuce/avocado/cranberries/toasted almonds/goat cheese feta/dijon-lemon dressing), and THIS dessert. (Other menu items brought by other girls)

Super easy recipe, adapted from this one¬†from Ambrosia Baking. ¬†I’ve actually made another round already, and it’s so easy I’ve already memorized it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups cream

1 cup whole milk

5 oz dark chocolate, in chips or coarsely chopped.  I used a combo of Olive & Sinclair 75% cocoa bar (made in Nashville!) and Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips

6 egg yolks (use the whites to make an omelette!)

1/3 cup sugar

3 tbs amaretto (the first time I only used 2, and found myself wanting more of the almond flavor)

Preheat your oven to 325ňö

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Heat the milk and cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Stir constantly, and remove from heat as soon as it simmers. image

Pour the milk and cream mixture over the chocolate in a large bowl and mix with a whisk until all the chocolate is melted into the cream.  I used glass because it seems to conduct less heat to my hands than a metal bowl.  

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Cover the chocolate cream with plastic wrap so that the wrap touches the cream (mine got a little frothy). ¬†This minimizes that tasty but weird “pudding skin”. ¬†A man at Mitchell’s Deli told me this afternoon that it’s the milk separating from the water. ¬†I don’t know about all that science-y stuff, but I do know I have always really enjoyed pulling it off the top of a freshly cooked butterscotch batch.

Anyway, enough about pudding skin.

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Let the cream cool for about 10 minutes while you whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.  

After the chocolate cream has cooled, slowly whisk in the yolk/sugar mixture.  Add the amaretto.

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Prepare 6 ramekins by fitting them into a large glass baking dish. ¬†I found my ramekins in our house from before I moved in (there’s a lot of that). ¬†As it turns out, they are Arcopal, a French company that doesn’t make dishes anymore. ¬†They are pretty sought after because they are quite resilient, and very lightweight. ¬†They worked splendidly for me.

Ladle chocolate mixture evenly into ramekins.

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Fill the baking dish with hot water, about halfway up the ramekins.  

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Cover each ramekin with foil

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Bake for an hour.  When you pull them out of the oven, they should be jelly-like but a little soft in the middle.

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Chill for at least 3 hours, uncovered.  Serve with whipped cream (perhaps the rest in the carton) and chocolate shavings.  Maybe toasted almonds or a salted almond brittle to go with the amaretto flavor.  

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I think in the future I may try a different liquer, like creme de menthe.  

Enjoy!