* Our CSA just started up again. It feels like all is right with the world.
* I purchased another cow from my neighbor, which means lots of burgers on the grill. I’m slightly addicted to mixing ketchup with chipotle powder and using more than is polite. It’s great on french fries too.
* Instead of hunting for the little index card that has my Saturday night pizza recipe every Saturday afternoon, I taped it to the inside of my cabinet door with washi tape.
* Due to all that milk, I have a variety of jars containing mysterious white liquids in my refrigerator. I know exactly what is in each one, but it drives Tom nuts. In order to appease him somewhat, I have taken to flipping the mason jar lids to the underside to designate buttermilk. (The white side shows rather than the gold.)
* Actually I have quite a reputation for not labeling anything in the kitchen – don’t even try to guess what is in my freezer or spice drawer! However, the one thing I have labeled very clearly are my identical jars of white flour. I used staz-on ink to stamp “all purpose” and “bread” on the corresponding lids.
* We had out-of-town guests last weekend, and I had a variety of items I wanted to remember to serve at each meal. I used my mother-in-law’s trick of taping a list to the outside of the cabinet door. It worked like a charm! I do this on holidays and birthdays too.
* My mom’s method for heating up leftover pizza is the best. Preheat the broiler and put the slices of pizza cheese side down on a cookie sheet. Heat the bottoms thoroughly. (I set the timer for about 2 minutes, because I always forget I have something in the broiler.) Flip the slices over, and heat until cheese is bubbly. Tastes like you just made it.
* If you bake bread a lot, designate a powdered sugar shaker for flour. (Feel free to label it if you must. I don’t ; )) This ensures you don’t use too much flour when you’re kneading and shaping.
* I went to visit a friend who had been in the hospital recently. I wanted to bring her a meal, but didn’t have time to make one beforehand. Instead, I took the ingredients with me and prepared dinner while we chatted.
* Anyone have a good recipe for crackers? How about one that uses a sourdough starter?
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