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Collard Update, 2 Weeks In

We have been experimenting with collard greens lately.  Two weeks ago we made a giant batch of collard green kim chee, and last week we pickled the stems.  Now it is time to check on the progress.




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Collard Kim Chee

A while back we went to a really nice brew pub (The Wrecking Bar).  This establishment offered collard green kim chee as a side.


Up to the point of ordering dinner, this place had been a home run.  The stone cellar ambiance, the fantastic bar, the kale ale cheese fondue (which we licked from the little cast iron dish), even the pickled veggies and pimiento cheese (normally I hate pimiento cheese but this was awesome) all said, “Love me.  Trust me.”  Then we sat down to order dinner…

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Curried Butternut and Apples

One of my favorite things about winter is winter squash.  The fact that acorns and butternuts, kobacha, and spaghetti squash are plentiful and cheap is a wonderful thing.

Actually, wait, it’s not one of the things i like about winter, it’s the thing i like about winter.  Cold weather and the sun setting at 6 PM — who can stand this?  At least i have yummy squash to help me get through the cold* darkness.

The only problem being that the squash are pretty big — one of them is more than Minos and i can eat in one meal.  So we chop them in half, and use each half separately.

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Apple Chutney

I love apples.  I eat them regularly.  I buy big bags of them from my local farmer’s market, and stick them in the fridge, so that i always have some around. Apples are an important part of my snacking regimen.

The problem is that invariably one or two will come loose from the bag and wander around my fridge for a while.  Any time that i clean out the fridge i find a few apples just hanging out, usually a little old.  Uh, not to imply that i do not clean my fridge weekly!  Bi-weekly in fact…

So what do i do with apples that are a little old, maybe soft in parts, but not bad yet?

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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies for the GFBCS2013

What, you might ask, is “GFBCS2013”?  It is:

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

All of you loyal readers who have been with us from the beginning know that the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is, in a sense, the reason for this blog.  Quite simply, i love making cookies and love eating cookies, so i have wanted to participate in this event for a few years.  In order to do so, i had to have a food blog, and thus you came to be reading this.

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Isa Moskowitz and the Atlanta Veg Fest

Atlanta Veg Fest is a gathering of Vegetarians and Vegans. On Saturday 9 November 2013 i went to the third annual event, which appeared to be a pretty popular.

It took place at Le Fais Do-Do in the trendy Westside. Despite my aversion to “joining things” and “being part of a group” i went to the event.  I know that i would be going there to mingle with people who have an “ideology” and a “group identity”, things which make me profoundly uncomfortble for reasons that would take too long to go into here  I went mostly to see what it would be like, but also because Isa Chandra Moskowitz was giving a cooking demonstration. Isa is the lady behind The Post-Punk Kitchen, a blog i have been reading for quite a long time, and so my long familiarity drew me out on a cold, dreary Saturday..

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Thyme Vinagrette

Well, now it is three weeks after i made the latest batch of thyme vinegar.  Let’s check on it..  Sadly, there really isn’t anything to photograph here that you did not see in the last post.  It is just a sealed bottle with a bunch of thyme seeping in vinegar.

The taste, after three weeks, is subtle.  The strong taste of the cider vinegar is slowly absorbing the fresh, lemony thyme flavor.  It has a long way to go, but hopefully not 4 years!

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