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Month: September 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Philosophy Friday: Appreciating Julia Child

Julia Child in Her Kitchen

Julia Child sure is all the rage of late, but that’s a really great thing. I still haven’t seen the movie Julie & Julia, but hubby and I recently watched old episodes of The French Chef (her cooking show from the 60s and 70s) on 3 DVDs. They were great! If you want a good laugh, I highly recommend them. One thing I love about Julia Child is that she’s REAL. None of her pots and pans match — not even all of them have lids, in fact! She improvises and substitutes, and tells her audience how they can, too. (Click below to continue reading…)

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Nourishing + Frugal: Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce with Cinnamon

Homemade applesauce is one of my favorites for breakfast or a snack! And it’s SO EASY TO MAKE! Organic applesauce from the store is pretty pricey (especially at the rate I go through it), and the taste and texture just don’t compare with homemade.

We’re lucky to have a local health food store that puts out their markdown organic produce in $1 grab-bags. So when they put out bags of organic apples, I snatch ’em up to make applesauce. That means I can make 3 or 4 lbs of organic applesauce for only a dollar!

Here’s how I make my applesauce:

1. Dice the apples into small pieces. I leave the peel on for texture and nutritional value.

2. Place the pieces in a saucepan with a dash of salt (optional) and a small amount of water. For 2 or 3 chopped apples, I usually put in about 1/4 cup of water.

Homemade applesauce

3. COVER the pan, bring to a boil, and turn the burner down to low. Cook the apples until they’re very soft, stirring once or twice. This shouldn’t take long…maybe 10 or 15 minutes.

Homemade applesauce

4. When they’re very soft and can easily be mashed with a fork, dump them into a colander to drain off excess water.

5. Return the apples to the pan, and mash them against the side of the pan with a fork. You could also run them through a food processor, but I really like the chunky texture of hand-mashed applesauce.

Homemade applesauce

6. I enjoy my applesauce just plain, or sometimes with 1/2 & 1/2 (or cream) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. So delicious! Use your imagination…try toasted nuts on top for a more substantial meal. Or you could also make applesauce bread!

7. The applesauce doesn’t last that long in the fridge — maybe 5 days, tops. However, this applesauce freezes quite well, and I’ve also canned it with pretty good results (I prefer the freezer, though).

This post is part of Pennywise Platter Thursday over at The Nourishing Gourmet.

Foot Surgery

Lindsey Foot Surgery

Geez, sorry for the unannounced blogging hiatus! Last Wednesday I had bunion surgery where they re-aligned the big-toe joint in my foot by breaking the first metatarsal bone, inserting a wedge of fake bone, and securing the break spot with a plate and 4 screws. The surgery went well, but the past week has been…interesting. The recovery has definitely been more difficult than I expected, with intense pain and intense nausea from the anesthesia & pain meds. And I’m getting kind of tired of lying flat on  my back with my foot propped high up in the air! Bleh.

Hopefully, though, I’ll be getting back to posting more regularly! I’ve got lots of neato things to show you. 🙂

EDIT: I had the same surgery done — bunionectomy with osteotomy, with a plate and 4 screws inserted — on the other foot on Feb 23, 2010. Here’s an update from that surgery.

My Favorite Flower for Attracting Beneficial Insects

Amongst the Queen Anne's Lace

It even attracts beneficial kitties into the garden...

Queen Anne’s Lace! Also known as Daucus carota, or Wild Carrot. Beneficial insects are an easy method of organic pest control, and the beneficials absolutely LOVE these white, lacy, umbrella-shaped flowers! None of the other flowers I grow get quite as much attention as the Queen Anne’s Lace. (Click below to continue reading…)

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