Say Cheese!

April 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

Last year for christmas I received the book nourishing traditions which put the seed in my mind about making my own cheese. However like most things in my life it wasn’t a priority and so has yet to happen. I initially used the excuse that I didn’t have access to a milk I thought would be sufficient. Virginia has very strict and some might say needlessly obtrusive restrictions on raw milk. However as it turns out you don’t actually need raw milk you just need milk that is not ultra, that means not  ultra pasteurized or ultra homogenized.  These extend shelf life of the milk , but it not so good for the cheese making. I have since found milk through a local dairy as well as a few in store varieties that could be used. I haven’t yet taken the plunge, Urban Cheesecraft  has affordable $25  cheese kits that I’m thinking about trying. Any thoughts?

Cost Comparison: Coffee

April 16, 2012 Comments Off on Cost Comparison: Coffee

I didn’t start to drink coffee until I was in college. It was my bribe to hang out in the library. Go  to the library drink a coffee flavored milkshake. It seemed like a decent trade at the time.  Little did I know those coffee flavored milkshakes are quite the gate way drug. I’m already well on my way to french pressing my way to snobbery.

There’s a gamut of options to consider when finding your favorite coffee,is  it fair trade, what roast, what flavor, what region, local, non local, organic, non organic.  I haven’t been using my french press long enough to  to know the implications of each choice, so I won’t pretend.  My preference is for something local, fair trade, the flavor is mostly irrelevant  for me because I  frequently change what I am drinking. But if we’re being honest here, I also frequent Starbucks just as much as my local coffee house, which makes me just a little bit of a hypocrite. Although this mostly dictated by location. However my favorite by far is Trager Brothers coffee. When I was working my dismal job in the hospital it was the only thing that I looked forward to.

 

Blend 50 by Trager Brothers (local, organic, fair trade) at $11.99/pound  this is roasted locally in Nelson County Virginia and is honestly the best coffee I have ever had.

Whole Foods 365 Bulk (traditional and organic) $8.99 to $10.99/pound

Starbucks Sumatra (making an effort to be fair trade)$13.50/pound

Folgers (probably not fair trade) ~$8.96/per pound

For just a few dollars more you can really get a higher quality and potentially more ethical cup of joe.  Now you’ll say of the folgers only cost be $6.00, yes this is true, but they are also giving you less coffee about 11 or 12ounces, so the comparable cost  to many “premium” brands is actually closer.

Now how much do you save by making your own coffee?

I have found a pound makes about 8 cups(32 ounces) of coffee for 6-7 days, comparably if you were buying two grande coffees(at a coffee house, not a gas station) at $4/a day it comes out to be $24-$28/week. Meaning if you brew your own coffee you are saving $12-$15/a week spread out over the year $624-$780.

Brothers from Other Mothers

October 28, 2011 Comments Off on Brothers from Other Mothers

Wonderful assortment of potatoes from the CSA. Not to mention blue potatoes are full of anti oxidants!

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Easy Kohlrabi Coleslaw

July 12, 2011 Comments Off on Easy Kohlrabi Coleslaw

Ok, so I was procrastinating on posting this and then my dad got into a car accident, so it turned into less procrastination and more life is crazy. But even if kohlrabi is going out of season in my zone, it may still be around in some of our friends in northern cooler climates.

Super Easy Kohlrabi Slaw

1 peeled kohlrabi( be sure to do this I learned the hard way and my slaw tasted like I processed a few toothpicks
4 or 5 small radishes
1/4 cup of onion
Mayo to taste
3 tablespoons of vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Shreds it all in a food processor and then mix in mayo in vinegar. Each ingredient can be adjusted to taste, I like less onion and mayo but you all may like a little more

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Ninth CSA pickup

July 1, 2011 Comments Off on Ninth CSA pickup

Yum,so much food!

This week I got:
1 bunch of kale
1bag of green beans
1 bunch of basil
3 potatoes
2 cucumbers
2 zucchini
1 squash
11 medium carrots

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Kohlrabi Lies

June 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

The thing about  eating your way through a CSA is that sometimes you have to eat ridiculous things. You at first want to be an adult and think oh  I have such diverse taste and I’m so cultured, blah blah blah. This logic is how you somehow get convinced to try things like sweetbreads which is  usually the Thymus gland!  Don’t be fooled sometimes you just have to say yuck.

In any case I think it’s this high cultured adulthood that people  are missing something because I am convinced that Kohlrabi, despite making tasty cole slaw( a post for later) is really a malevolent space creature.  How does no one see this!

Seventh CSA Pickup

June 16, 2011 Comments Off on Seventh CSA Pickup

Eeeek, I skipped another week. I want summer to be all about lazily sipping adult beverages on the veranda of my plantation home. However I  don’t own a plantation home, have rich southern relatives, and  my job seems to be sucking my soul. All just one giant excuse to say I’m having trouble keeping up with my life.

 

This week we got a beautifully diverse haul from our Firsthand Farmer’s Cooperative CSA

4 Squash Zuchini

1 Head of Cabbage

1 Bunch of Swiss Chard

1 Bag of mixed salad greens

3 onions

1 clove of garlic

1 basket of blueberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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