Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday January 10, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Similar but Different

How many recipes are out there in the family archives that are similar to others but are different as well.

I find this notion fascinating and am about to embark on an exercise to capture from my social network and physical network as many chicken soup recipes as possible, compare, contrast, categorize etc and offer a prize - a recipe box with all the recipes!!

On that same theme, I realized that even I have several recipes for lentil soup.  I have my grandmothers; I have a curried lentil soup that I concocted; I have a great recipe for red lentil soup and I am sure I can round up many more.

So stay tuned as I organize this event.  I will announce the terms etc soon - so keep an eye on my Facebook, blog and twitter feeds!!  Hope you all participate.

Sunday January 09, 2011

Life at Boulderwood:
Beaver Hotel

I live in a magical place.  Not only do I have beautiful, adorable farm animals, a love of a dog and a pet guinea hen, I also have access to a plethora of wildlife.  However you never know when the photo opportunity will arrive.  Jim and I were strolling near the swamp below our house and on a lark I threw my camera in my pocket as we were leaving the house - "just in case!".  Jim lagged behind me and when he caught up I asked what he was looking at. Jim said, "I was just standing there and all of the sudden the beaver was swimming with some sticks in his mouth and climbed on top of the beaver hut to add more material - he's building a frickin' hotel."  I hurried back to the spot to see if the beaver was still there and he/she allowed me to take several photos...so here they are...nature delivering its finest moment when I had my camera!!

Friday January 07, 2011

Carole’s Concoctions:
Soup’s On!

Winter is a time for soup.  Well, hot soup.  And boy do we LOVE soup in this family.  This week I made onion soup and pea soup.  What's great is that they can be eaten as lunch or dinner and generally sates my appetite.  I just bought all the ingredients to make Portuguese Kale soup this weekend - can't wait.

Here's my pea soup recipe.

Here's the onion soup recipe. And it's true - not a good first date food - the cheese is extremely stringy!!

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