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?


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



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




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













Fifth CSA pickup

June 4, 2011 Comments Off on Fifth CSA pickup

So I missed last weeks CSA pickup photos, but sometimes it’s really hard to get photos of things before they get into my mouth! Anyway this week we got yet more variety.

1 Bag of Peas

1 Bunch of Garlic Scapes

1 Bunch of Broccoli

1 Bunch of Beets

1 Bunch of Red Onions

2 Heads of Lettuce (one red , one green)

Third CSA of the Season !

May 20, 2011 Comments Off on Third CSA of the Season !

We are finally getting some color(other than green this week.) Also the things that I thought were spinach were actually Kale! Love the CSA for this reason, learning about new food all the time. Thanks Firsthand Farmer’s Cooperative.

This week included:

1  pint Strawberries

1 Bag of Mixed Salad

1 Bunch of Radishes

1 Bunch of Green Onions

1 Bunch of Garlic Tops

1 Bunch of Russian Kale

Second CSA of the Season

May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Second CSA of the Season

Picked up our second CSA share yesterday which included:
1 Head of Lettuce
1 Bag of Spinach
1 Bunch of Swiss Chard
1 Bunch of Turnips with Greens Attached
1 bunch of Asparagus
Half a Gallon of Milk





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