Ecology, Environment, Global Change, Green, In the Kitchen, Organic

Earth Hour Pictures

Pre-Earth Hour after-market espresso break. DH sure loves that biscotti.


Sun induced delirium causes hallucinations of delicious food.


DH making bread.


DH posing with bread. We got to use our dipping set because of this!




Purple carrot!
Immigration, In the Kitchen, Organic

Valentine’s Day

I wasn’t a big fan of Valentine’s Day before DH.  Even when I wasn’t single it was just a big con to get people spending their money.  While this is still true, I am grateful for being able to be with my husband on Valentine’s Day.  So many people aren’t able to be together because of our shitty immigration system and even for some who are together, celebrating togetherness means something we may not understand.  To those of you separated from your hearts on Valentine’s Day:  I’m sorry.  This post probably seems insensitive.  We know this isn’t the reality for many people and we are grateful for what we have.

DH made a romantic Meatless Monday dinner of risotto and stuffed mushrooms
I made raspberry and champagne cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert

Recipes at Black Market Farm


What Kind of Thinker are You?

Someone posted this fun little quiz on Daily Kos.  It was interesting so I thought I’d share it and my results with you.  Take it, post your results and whether you agree or disagree.  It’s fun!

This quiz is intended to be a fun way to learn about different thinking styles. It can provide you with some interesting information about your preferred ways of creative thinking and problem solving. However, no brief questionnaire can guarantee accurate information.

DIY, Gardening, In the Kitchen, Organic

A Little Prep Work…

Hola Readers,

  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so I’m posting a few quick recipes I find useful.  



  • 1 pound fresh cranberries, washed and dried
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

In a medium pot, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick, allspice and nutmeg. Stir to blend and simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole. Add the orange juice and zest, stir and allow to cool before serving.

*NOTE: I used Chinese 5-Spice instead of allspice for a more exotic flavor and used 1.5 cups granulated sugar and .5 cup brown sugar for molasses-ey goodness.  I put aside ≈ 1 cup of the sauce for those who don’t like heat (Not-Hot Sauce).  I roasted and mashed a couple of jalapeños from the garden to add to the remainder along with Pato Sauce for a spicy twist on traditional cranberry sauce.

Suzanne’s Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

DH used one of our pumpkins but you can use a canned pumpkin and it will turn out nicely.  We made the crust but a pre-made crust will do as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

One pound cranberries
Not-Hot cranberry sauce

Gardening, Green, In the Kitchen, Organic


Hola Readers, 

It’s been about a week since I’ve posted anything and even longer since I’ve posted anything meaningful.  We’ve been busy here with school, work, and some other issues that have come up.  Here are a few pictures of stuff we’ve been working on: 

Stir Fry


Stir Fry


Stir Fry


Sandwich including eggplant from our garden and Bulgarian Cabbage Salad


Squash Soup