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Easiest Fudge

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

IMG_4893So, it’s December. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, because I can assure you that I spent the entire month of November thinking that it was October, and now, here we are, a month later (and apparently, according to my internal clock, two months later). I’m sure the warm weather here messes with your circadian rhythms, as surely as living in Alaska for a month in the summer will guarantee that you require less sleep. It has been warm here (Arizona, not Alaska), but in the week that I’ve been back after Thanksgiving in Colorado, we’ve had rain twice, and several cloudy days. It’s not exactly snow (and it’s supposed to be almost 80 on Monday), but I’m taking what I can get. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving Round-Up

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm


Oh man, y’all – I have been slacking, slacking, slacking here. I should definitely stop making promises, like how I’m going to share the recipes from my FarmBox, or anything even remotely involving guarantees. Not worth it. For the record, everything is going super well on my end, which partially accounts for my absence. It’s been a busy fall with grant-writing, new data analysis techniques, and lots and lots of quality reading (and dog time, obviously). I’ve been to some new places, new trails, and done some new things – all good. And now, because I have my hat in hand, and no new Thanksgiving recipes for you, I’m here to provide you with  a round-up of things I’ve made in the past, things that are traditionally on my Thanksgiving table, and some other beautiful and wonderful suggestions from others. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you may be, and whomever you may be with.

And, from around the web:

  • I hope you’ve already seen this etiquette guide by Bon Appetit, but if not… (sadly, my own family will not be following some of these well-thought out ideas, but alas).
  • This awesome recipe guide, state-by-state (really intrigued by cranberry sauce with chiles, courtesy of Arizona)
  • Traditional, fool-proof pumpkin pie, for those of you who are into that sort of thing (dairy-free alternative here)
  • Having made this apple pie twice last year, I can attest to the fact that it is heavenly. Go forth. Make it. Never use another recipe ever again (unless it’s this one)
  • For an unconventional side, this is the best savory tart ever. Ever.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!

CSA Week One and Two: Kohlrabi and Turnip Chips

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Well, I’m back in Arizona. After spending the summer in some very different places, it’s almost reassuring to be back in a familiar place. It would be entirely reassuring except that it’s 103 today, and I’m supposed to think that it’s “cool”. I remember arriving here last year and thinking that it was just the absolute worst, and I think that I’m past the point of thinking it’s the absolute worst (it is, but it’s actually better than it was last year, so I feel less validated in my complaints), and I’m on to thinking the people who live around me are totally crazy. I saw a guy running when it was mid-day and 97 degrees today. I saw a woman running in pants when it was 80 degrees the other morning. I understand that it’s all relative, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand running in pants at 80 degrees. I can barely wear pants to class!

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Weeks Bay

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm


I went out to the Weeks Bay Plantation today, and it was stunning. The owner used to be a landscape architect, but he’s turned his hand to organic gardening. While his current specialty is blueberries, he’s slowly expanding, and has high hopes for a farm-to-table atmosphere and event location. The plantation is on several acres, all of which used to be a conventional tree farm. After letting it lie fallow for several years (with the idea of letting any chemicals leach out of the soil), he began to turn it over to a blueberry farm. I don’t pretend to be any sort of expert when it comes to organic farming, but I have to say that I was pretty impressed with his operation. The blueberries are entirely fertilized with poultry feather fertilizer, he uses garlic oil as his insecticide, and any weed killing that they do is almost entirely done by burning, rather than using herbicide.

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Sweet Home

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm


I grew up believing that the only acceptable kind of peaches to eat were the ones grown in Palisade, Colorado. To this day, I wait all summer, until late August, for what I’m convinced are the most amazing peaches in the world. I almost never buy peaches anywhere else, and the few times that I have, I’ve always been disappointed.

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Last Moments in Alaska

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

IMG_6146It seems, in so many ways, like I just got here. I was in Anchorage first, of course, but it really feels like I just arrived in Kodiak. I can still remember the bumpy plane ride in, the bright sunshine hitting my face as I stepped onto the tarmac, and the amazement at landing right under this amazing, lustrous, green mountain. I remember driving in, marveling at the water, (being a little bit more amazing at the greenery), seeing the harbor for the first time, and crossing the bridge onto Near Island for the first time. I remember my first walk through town like it was yesterday, and in so many ways, I feel like I shouldn’t be leaving just yet.

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Bells Flats and Momentary Fame

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm


It’s been a while since I did an update from Kodiak, and it’s definitely overdue. The last time, I mostly talked about the surroundings, and while I always have more to say on that subject, I figured I’d throw in a little bit about my research this time as well. Things have been going well – I’m certainly busy, and I am increasingly feeling like, while there are limitations to this town, I don’t really want to leave. I want to find a cute semi-Victorian and obviously coastal house, settle in with a hoophouse and my dog, and spend time growing veg and knitting. And maybe doing research, because that’s obviously why I’m actually here. Read the rest of this entry »

World Peace Cookies

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm


When I got to Kodiak, I had no intention of buying baking supplies. It seems really silly to buy even one bag of flour to be in a place for just a month, but then – I ended up with more time on my hands than I expected, and without any knitting (also a mistake), I got fidgety to start baking. Baking, as I’ve talked about, is very soothing for me. Obviously I like eating the results, but the sheer physicality of mixing the ingredients is just very soothing to me. It appeases some strange animal part of my brain that needs things to do with its hands, and I love it.

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Fish, Bears, and Whales, Oh My.

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm


IMG_5728For the record, I have seen exactly none of the above. It’s probably with a fair amount of relief that I say I haven’t seen any bears, although it is with quite a bit of disappointment that I say that I haven’t seen any whales. Fish – I can take it or leave it, although if you ask most people on Kodiak about that, they’ll tell you I’m blaspheming.

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Colorado to Alaska

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I got home to Colorado three weeks ago. I spent ten days at home, helping Sirius transition, unpacking and packing, and (best of all besides my family), got to run the Bolder Boulder. I wasn’t in great shape for it, but it’s one of my favorite things to do at home, and I felt lucky to be able to do it this year, especially considering my schedule for research. The day after the Bolder Boulder, I got up bright and earlier, caught a plane to Seattle, and another plane to Anchorage. Read the rest of this entry »