Using Garlic Scapes

Using Garlic Scapes

If you planted your garlic late last fall before the first frost, you are probably ready to harvest the scapes--the twisty little pointy part growing on the stalk from the middle of the leaves. Scapes are the flower stalks of the garlic plant, though garlic doesn't produce actual flowers.  We cut them off early in the season so that the plan uses its energy in growing large bulbs instead. Also, earlier cuts have milder flavors. The flavor of the scapes get stronger and more harsh the longer they grow.  Instead…

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What I’m Doing With My CSA Shares: Week 1

What I’m Doing with My CSA Shares: Week 1

As I wrote about earlier this year, I love being a part of a CSA. Figuring out what to do with the shares each week is a fun little puzzle. This year I'm going to write about what I plan to do with the weekly shares. Here is what we got this first week and what I plan on doing with it: Radishes We love radishes. We'll put some in a salad with the romaine, slice them on tacos, or quick pickle them. Romaine Lettuce We'll use some of this…

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What I’ve Been Brewing: El Salvador Finca Santa Rosa, Burundi Gaharo, And 17ft Ceiling

What I’ve Been Brewing: El Salvador Finca Santa Rosa, Burundi Gaharo, and 17ft Ceiling

For an Aeropress, Chemex, or V60, I've been drinking a lot of an El Salavador Processed bean from the Finca Santa Rosa Coffee Farm roasted by Coffee Labs in Tarrytown, NY. Given the honey process (which has nothing to do with honey), this coffee has a distinct sweetness, slight acidity, and a syrupy body. The beans are gigantic (see the featured image at the top). I've had three pounds of this over the past month. I just went back in to Coffee Labs today to get another pound of it,…

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Preparing For Guests

Preparing for Guests

Amanda and I love having friends come stay with us. In fact, we have some friends coming to stay with us this weekend. This got me thinking about how I usually prepare for guests on the food & beverage side of things. My Grandma taught me that there is no faux pas worse than not having enough food or drinks for guests. I thought it would be a good idea to get my checklist down on paper. Food How many meals should I prepare for and how many are we likely…

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