Today’s Kitchen Adventures

It’s been a culinary bonanza up in this house today.

  • First thing this morning, I whipped up a batch of pizza dough based on Mother Earth News’ “The Secret to Incredibly Easy Homemade Pizza.” I subbed in 1/2 cup of sourdough starter, though, for 1/2 cup water, so it’s going to be extra special. Over the next two weeks, we will definitely be gorging ourselves on homemade pizza. Sweet potato, gorgonzola, and fresh rosemary from the garden, anyone? Or maybe a nice roasted asparagus and cauliflower pizza to celebrate having one foot solidly into spring? Or… BOTH!
  • I’m also about to start up a vat of spiced black beans, using Mother Earth News’ frijoles de olla recipe. Our love for huevos rancheros is as deep and vast as the sea, and buying a bag of dried beans for $1.50, cooking them up just like we like them, then freezing them until we’re ready to chow down seems like a good plan. At the end of the day, sometimes all you want to do is fry a couple of eggs, smear some delicious cumin-charged beans on a tortilla, and cover the whole lovely mess in honeyed green cayenne peppers from last fall’s canning extravaganza.
  • Next up: grapefruit curd. No comment (other than to say ZOMG I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT IT).
  • And finally: sprouted lentils, both for sprinkling on top of fresh salad (if that lettuce in the backyard ever gets big enough to pick) and for baby chick treats.

Speaking of lettuce, we have a pretty healthy, albeit small, early spring garden going. Today, I planted a few more lettuce plants, spinach, sugar snap peas, and green beans.
20120325. Early spring garden.

The beets and carrots are also starting to come up in the beds. Look at how beet-colored their baby stems are.
20120325. Baby beets.

Ono approves. (You thought I was going to make it an entire post without a chicken picture, didn’t you? You crazy). Shout out to all our friends who dropped by to visit the girlies or otherwise made this weekend fantastic! It’s over far too soon.
20120325. Me with Ono.

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