Sunday, July 29, 2012


Here's my newest creative project.

I've been interested in canning for a while, but all the recipes were intimidating.  They were such big batches.  And I have such a small kitchen.  Not much counter space.  But a new book came out this year called Food in Jars.  It's perfect.  Small batches mean I can do it in a small kitchen and I don't invest a whole weekend. 

Pickled cherries, dilly beans and pickled okra.  Roasted sweet peppers.  Fig jam.  Tomato jam (YUM). Peach butter (like a jar of sunshine).

And I will be able to serve over the next year or share them as gifts.  Though that will be hard, because they are delicious and I am suffering from selfishness. At least where the tomato jam and peach butter are concerned.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Farmer's Market - Morningside Version

I love a good farmer's market.  And there's one near me every Saturday.  The thing is that the one near me has turned into an open air mall. There are relatively few farm vendors and quite a few restaurant stands. And the traffic is something else.  I've switched to making the drive to Morningside.

To this:

And since I've just gotten into canning, I'm having a great time.  There's another one starting in Tucker on Main Street that I often go to on Sunday's with my mother.  It has been the source of peaches, tomatoes and green beans.  I love seeing all the varieties of eggplant, for example, and hearing each farmer wax rhapsodic about recipes that show off their produce.   Just yesterday, I listened as a young man described a tomato sauce of 'black crims' that his mother in law just couldn't get enough of.

It's something I look forward to each weekend.

Monday, July 9, 2012


I met Merry ME (Mary) & Jack & Suzi Q yesterday!  They were on a road trip to Tennessee and passed through Atlanta.  It was a short visit, but a fun one.  It's wonderful to have a voice to go with the face and blog.  I think I will enjoy that most, because now when I read her words, I'll hear her voice.

After they were gone, I could see every cobweb...every tumbleweed of Golden Retriever fur...the rug that Gus has picked to pieces with his stretching...and remembered I didn't explain why the kitchen ceiling wasn't fixed (I'm thinking of doing some more to the kitchen than fix the ceiling)...but then I realized that what they got was a pretty good picture of me.  Not sweating the small stuff (obviously!).

Godspeed, Mary & Jack!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Gus knows how to relax...


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