Monster Cookie

September 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

Yesterday I ate a chocolate chip cookie. No this is not a rare occurrence in my life, much to the chagrin of  my ass. But this cookie was from Wisconsin and  I am not all together sure  that it was a cookie because this is the ingredient list.

Enriched Wheat Flour

Sugar

Chocolate Chips(sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin as an emulsifier, and artificial flavoring)

Margarine (partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils), water, salt, butter, lecithin, mono and diglycerides, sorbic acid and sodium benzoate added as a preservatives, artificially flavored, artificially colored with beta carotene, vitamin A palmitate added)

invert sugar

whole eggs

vanilla (water, ethyl alcohol, caramel color)

Soy lecithing

Salt

Buttermilk Powder

Soda bicarbonate

butter

vanilla flavor(dextrose, corn starch, tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate, water, vegetable oil, alcohol tumeric, propylene glycol, APO carotenal caramel color)

What the hell did I eat and why does butter need artificial flavoring?

Basil, Basil,Yum, Yum,Yum

September 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

The best thing about gardeners is they are more generous than the average joe(or supermarket for that matter.) Where else could I get this much basil, for FREE just because it was such a waste to let  it go to frost! Organic basil? for nothing?  The world is sometimes pretty awesome, all I had to do was pick it myself , no grocery store, no  money, no shopping cart murder bumper cars. I had so much basil that it filled the entire front seat of my car, It smelled so good I just wanted to roll in it and as a bonus  my car smelled pretty delicious for a while. It promptly went in the food processor with a little oil so I can pull out a little but of summer in the winter.

Pre Fall Garden Update

September 22, 2010 Comments Off on Pre Fall Garden Update

Even though Fall is here my garden is still holding on to summer. It just yesterday when I  had like 5 pots and high hopes. Now I have to figure out how to start to put my little rooftop garden to bed.

I just started getting tomatoes at the end of  August, so I am pretty excited every time my tomato plant manages to squeeze one more tomato out.

And of course the dogs take all the credit.

I’m bad at farming, but good at stereotyping.

September 11, 2010 Comments Off on I’m bad at farming, but good at stereotyping.

It wasn’t long ago that I was putting potatoes in the ground and raving about how easy it was. I harvested them a week ago, and wow what a good little irish farmer I am.

But wait there is more…

SERIOUSLY !?? These are the only two potatoes I got out of an entire  muck bucket of  potatoes. If I had to grow potatoes for people there would most definitely be a famine. Luckily I live in the country of infinite food(which another issue entirely.)

Cost Comparison: Peaches and Nectarines

September 10, 2010 Comments Off on Cost Comparison: Peaches and Nectarines

I have to admit I prefer the nectarine to it’s fuzzy cousin the peach. The texture gets me just about every time, and I am way too demotivated to peel it(really who peels a peach?) However at the farmers market they are the same price so I throw them all in a bag and take them to the scale.

Farmer’s Market price(from a farm less that 40 miles away): $1.99 a pound

Fresh Nectarines and Peaches from Harris Teeter( Big Grocery Store Chain): $ 3.49

Simply Fresh(produce distributor): $1.99

So when it comes down to it  the peaches at the produce distributor are the same price, but if you are going to drive to a separate place to get your produce, it might as well be to the farmer’s market, where you can TALK to the people that grow  your food, and ask them questions about how they do it.

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