On Two Acres In Town
I'd much rather read than write so it's not much of a blog...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
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
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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 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
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.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
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
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I love the snow but I've run out of room to pile it. "Uncle!!"
When the pile in the middle of the driveway gets this size I always wish I knew someone who could help me sculpt it into a replica of the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Rome's 'Wedding Cake'.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The fact that I'm sitting here listening to the soundtrack should be some indication of how much I enjoyed this film.
I loved watching Oscar Isaac (and his beautiful complexion) but the image of NYC before the days of Trump et al was, for me, the best part of the movie. I loved the cat(s) (they used several) too and I'm not even a cat person.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Every once in awhile I think about coming back here but the moment usually passes quickly and I'm on to other pointless stuff.
This past year however was a little less pointless. I spent it, in large part, losing some weight and, more important, regaining strength and bone density.
I'm pleased with my success but even happier to be able to demonstrate to others that it's possible to get fit at 65.
A year and half ago I was despondent when I put my old road bike in the attic. I simply couldn't ride more than five miles without pain and/or numbness in my hands and/or feet. Fortunately I could still ride my town bike but not on any major roadways or too far afield.
Several people had suggested that I could get a hybrid bicycle that would put me more upright like my town bike and get me back on the road. I wasn't sure about spending money on a new bike but once I felt leaner and stronger I wanted to do more cycling than I could on my town bike.
2013 was, for me, the year I got Medicare and a Bianchi camaleonte tre for my birthday.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I'm having a terrible time coming up with even a modicum of enthusiasm for this year's garden but I do take some measure of comfort in the fact that NOAA is not forecasting drought for the Eastern U.S. thru July.
I have about half the number of seedlings that I've started in the past and I'm planning to grow primarily those things I can't find locally, like several varieties of cime di rapa and cardoon.
At the moment though, while most of my effort in the garden is spent dealing with an explosion of lesser bittercress we have again this spring, the rhubarb is coming on strong and the lovage that I thought a chipmunk had destroyed last summer looks promising.
As with so many other things, the key to serenity in my gardening seems to be in adjusting my expectations.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Rosie Meier, a grain merchandiser at the Great Bend Co-op in Great Bend, Kansas, told Bloomberg, "About 30 percent of the winter wheat in central Kansas has already failed, with further damage likely unless there is rain."
Pancakes are gonna get expensive...