On Two Acres In Town

I'd much rather read than write so it's not much of a blog...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Weary



Snowmen made by a clever parking booth attendant up at SU.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Record Low



The airport recorded a record low of -17º early this morning while the reading from the cottage was -11º. It seems we continue to be one of the few islands on the globe with temperatures below, rather than above average.

I bundled up yesterday and ventured out. I took care of the birds and realized the conditions weren't nearly as bad as I expected.

I still wasn't sure how much exertion I should extend in the cold so I pushed some of the snow to the periphery. It also took considerably more effort to lift the snow with the extra layers of clothing I was wearing. In the end I was sweating and more worried about heat prostration than getting chilled!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 2015 Desktop Calendar


Harfian Herdi/Media Drum World

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

My Very Own Indigo Rose



They seem to take a surprisingly long time to ripen but they are delicious and plentiful!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Garden Enemy #1



I couldn't find a photo of a munk eating an immature, green tomato, probably because no one would expect to see it. I couldn't believe it myself yesterday when I found a half-eaten tomato in the garden. I noticed two missing on the plants, one Stupice and one Rutgers, and I found the second under the lovage.

At least I think I trapped the culprit late yesterday and took it over to the owls at Green Lakes. There's no sign of predation this morning and the eggplant I set out yesterday look lovely.

The usual #1 garden enemy, the deer, have been oddly absent in recent weeks and the one groundhog we saw briefly seems to have moved on.

Still I'm keeping the possibility of a screened garden in mind.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Chef"



Best feel-good movie I'm likely to see this summer ahead of "The Boxtrolls" in September.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Indigo Rose



May, 14: by far the earliest date on which I have set out tomatoes.

They're only four cherry tomato plants set out in pots but they're planted where they're meant to grow: two different red varieties (Gardener's Sweetheart, a grape, and Fox Cherry) and two Indigo Rose the fruit of which I can't wait to see for myself.

The remaining pots are cleaned and ready. Now I wait for seedlings I ordered from Lazy Ox Farm in Missouri because I just couldn't grow tomatoes without including two of my favorites, Jaune Flamme and Snow White.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I Will Have Tomatoes In 2014!



I can't believe how my mindset has swung 180º in less than a week. I can't believe I can look out back and see Stupice seedlings and a big pot of nasturtiums this morning when a week ago I'd all but given up on a garden.

I went to the farmers' market last Saturday and as I stood at the Forty Weight Coffee table talking to Andrew, I glanced at a sign in the stall next to him. It listed the varieties of tomato seedlings they were selling including Stupice!

I went back to the Thursday market and spent a good bit of time talking to Jamie (Wyllie Fox Farm) about seedlings. I came home with a flat of 18 which should be sufficient but I will be going back next week for some additional cherry tomato varieties and a striped eggplant called Listada De Gandia.

Jamie expects to have some nasturtiums in a week or so but I couldn't resist a big pot of three varieties from the only vendor who had them yesterday.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Last Cheesecake?



In an effort to avoid doing what I usually do, I'm taking a moment to finish what I started regarding cheesecake.

I made a cheesecake this week but cut it up before I thought to take a photo. This is at least a fairly good image of the texture, light and perfectly dry the way I like it with a lovely touch of vanilla and lemon.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Ultimate Cheesecake


McCall's Cooking School, circa 1975?

I'm going through old recipe files. This one has been haunting me since I pulled it out a few weeks ago.

Many years ago I think I made it twice before I found a recipe I liked better for the filling but I continued to use the Lindy's version for the crust. I have never liked a graham cracker crust for cheesecake. Who's idea was that I'd like to know.

The recipe I use for the filling is one that the Family Circle test kitchen called "Our Finest Cheesecake" and is attributed to John Clancy, author of "John Clancy's Baking Book". I like it because the cake is lighter and drier than most.

1.5 lb. cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/4 cups sugar (or less)

1/4 tsp. salt
6 eggs, separated, room temperature
1 pint sour cream
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Grated rind of 1 lemon 

Juice of 1/2 lemon
 

With electric mixer on low speed or with a wooden spoon, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until soft. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. 

Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, until well blended. Stir in sour cream, flour, vanilla, lemon rind, lemon juice and salt until smooth. 

Beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Fold whites into the cheese mixture, soufflé-fashion, until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. 

Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until top is golden; turn off oven heat and allow cake to cool in oven for 1 hour and then remove it from oven to cool on a wire rack at room temperature.

Chill to ripen overnight before serving. Dust with powdered sugar if desired just before cutting.

There's no getting around it. I'm going to make a cheesecake.

Friday, February 28, 2014

March 2014 Desktop Calendar



I've been looking at a landscape of white for two months. 
I need a bit of green.