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Farmer’s Market Haul!

1 Jun

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So I went to the farmer’s market today with my sister and we had a blast. Unfortunately we showed up towards the end of it and a lot of the good stuff was gone but I am pleased with what we got anyway. Now it is time to get some inspiration for a delicious healthy meal with my new local produce. Yum! This summer I plan to really drive to all the places that I have wanted to go to for a while now. My biggest place is Lancaster PA. I just love the area so much. My father and I used to take weekend drives out there when I was in high school and I haven’t been there since. So when I go I want to hit the Lancaster Central Market and Kitchen Kettle Village. Have any of you been to Lancaster? Do you live in Lancaster? Any place I should definitely visit? Any help would be much appreciated 🙂 —-CMY

The Hungover Cookbook Review

27 Feb

The Book:

THE HUNGOVER COOKBOOK by Milton Crawford

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

                  Now I bought this book just for the novelty of it. I mean a cookbook dedicated to being hungover definitely needed to have a place in my library. However I was also prepared for this book to be a complete waste of my money. From what I knew there had never been a book like this so I had no idea what to expect. When the book arrives I am super surprised at just how great it is. Between the setup, illustrations, visual tests (yes I said visual tests), and recipes this has become one of my favorite books.

       What makes this book so great? Well I’ll tell you:

The Six Types of Hangovers

       The author uses the book The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse as a hangover guideline. It determines that there are six types of hangovers from the mild to the most debilitating. They are the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic, the Cement Mixer, and the Gremlin Boogie. Each are given their own time to shine when they are described in detail in the recipes section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting your diagnosis

       So how exactly do you determine what hangover you have? You take a questionnaire and visual test of course! Ugghhh! I know it might sound ridiculous but really it is actually a lot of fun. You will encounter an elephant with what seems to have five legs, a messed up cube, and dots lots of dots. Then you will get a questionnaire about how you feel physically. So where and how does it hurt you? (Groan) At the end of these tests you should be able to determine what type of hangover is plaguing you. This came in handy New Year’s Day when I woke up with what I determined to be the Comet 😉 Oh goody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Recipes

       You will start off with the hangover first. Following the hangover and its particular description (and cute illustration) you will find the perfect remedies to cure your sickness. Each recipe is also rated on a scale from easy to never going to happen. This definitely comes in handy when your judgment is well a little less than perfect. The only problem that I had with the recipes was that the ones for the Comet were not exciting enough for me. My Summer Berries Compote with Yogurt sounds horribly boring compared to the Atomic’s Spicy Sausage and Bean Casserole. It seemed like all of the best recipes were for the worst hangovers. I know I can just take a recipe from another chapter but I wanted to eat a meal prescribed for my particular hangover. Oh well I guess. (I don’t care I’m making a casserole!)

 

      

 

 

 

 

            

                    So over all, this book was really great. It was set up beautifully with funny illustrations and quotes. I liked the simplicity of the cover, the writing style of the author, and the surprise of just how good the book was. Other than that the recipes for my hangover were less than exciting, I have nothing negative to say about this book. If you want a clever, funny, unique cookbook pick up this little gem as soon as possible. You never know when you are going to need it.  Cheers! —-CMY

Rating: 9/10

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Buttercrunch Lettuce

25 Feb

Buttercrunch Lettuce

I was originally going to have a book review for the post today but with work and other obligations I didn’t get a chance to finish. So that will be coming soon. This is a photo of buttercrunch lettuce that I grew in my garden last summer. I also grew tomatoes, fennel, herbs, summer squash, and an assortment of hot peppers. This buttercrunch was very good in salads and amazing on turkey club sandwiches.—-CMY

The City Girl Falls for the Country

4 Feb

       When I was finishing up my freshman year in high school, my parents gave me some shocking news. We were moving and not just to another neighborhood in Brooklyn but to northeastern Pennsylvania. After talking about moving to NEPA my entire life my parents were making the leap to change what had been our summer home to our permanent residence.  I was not happy about this move. I would be taken away from my best friends and my independence (since there is no public transportation). Not to mention all of the (hushed voice) nature.

       When living in the city you really aren’t exposed to much of what nature has to offer unless you go to one of the parks. When I did go to Prospect Park in Brooklyn well, I just didn’t like it. There were bugs and grass it was just not for me. I was used to concrete sidewalks with potted plants. When we moved to NEPA, however, it was like moving to the Amazon jungle. There were lots of trees, rocks, grass, and worse lots of bugs. Yet I found that as the years went by I started to let nature into my life.

       I began to slow down to watch some fluffy white clouds roll by. I began to watch the bees pass from flower to flower covered in pollen doing their duty. Then it hit me how unnatural growing up being afraid of nature is. From then on I set out to learn all that I could. I learned about the native animals, plants, and then I began gardening. At first I bought potted herbs from the local store but I wanted to grow more than that. So I set off on an internet search to find my perfect supplier. To my delight I found Burgess Seed and Plant Company. They had everything from seeds to trees. From then on I was hooked and have been learning how to grow and care for vegetables, fruits, and trees.

       I fell in love with the miracle of nature. I fell in love with how from one seed I can get a towering heirloom tomato plant. The first year I bought way too much and most of the plants died. Excitement had gotten the best of me. So I chose some vegetable seeds and a dwarf lime tree the following year. I have had this lime tree for three years now and it began to give me limes last summer. Even if you live in the city I suggest you get some seeds you can easily raise a tomato plant indoors and a dwarf lime, lemon, or orange tree would do well as well. Just bring the tree indoors during the winter, and let it get full sun and fresh air during the summer and it will be fine.

So check this site out and explore. Something is bound to catch your eye.

http://www.eburgess.com/

Citrus Collection

http://www.eburgess.com/detail.asp?pid=1606&nav=tre

This whole winter season I will be posting photos of my NEPA summers to keep the warmth alive 🙂

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Brugess Seed and Plant Co. 2012 Catalogue (Photo property of Salt Pepper Brilliant CMY)