Saturday, November 20, 2010

Independence Days #67

Yes, I know these updates are getting pretty sparse. Now that I'm into the holiday baking groove, I'm finding it hard to concentrate on much else. So I suspect this will be the last Independence Days update -- until, perhaps, next year.

That said, this covers the month to date, I think...

1. Plant something: Garlic -- two varieties at the Southern Belle's garden and one at the Renaissance Man's.

2. Harvest something: Savoy cabbage, arugula, rutabaga, and salsify at the fabulous Jen's; chard at the Renaissance Man's.

3. Preserve something: Dried the last thyme and rosemary of the season (from the Herb Lady) along with some celery; froze cheese.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Mostly the usual: saving and reusing bags, reusing flour for kneading, cleaning and stocking up empty jars, etc.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Regularly stocked up on vegetables, cheese, milk, and butter for baking; picked up case of fillo dough for holiday baking, along with other ingredients; restocked bags for bread; laid in a fresh supply of dish towels, plus new cooling racks (courtesy of My Fabulous Aunt) and loaf pans (courtesy of the Chef Mother); stocked up on more tea and coffee (for those early baking mornings).

6. Build local food systems: Toured a school farm and learned a lot!; took bread to weekend hosts; swapped leftover market bread for herbs, greens; baked for market; worked on the Local Roots newsletter for November; donated crackers for cheese sampling at the market; took baklava left over from each week's market to area folks as business thank-yous.

7. Eat the food: Squash soup; greens and egg dish; roasted potatoes; corn and potato soup; grilled cheese on rosemary cider bread; stir-fried broccoli raab; cider; toast (from homemade bread); oatmeal; and much more.

I'll still be practicing Independence over the winter, but you might not hear about it much...

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