Category Archives: Vegetables

Artichoke Dip

Today we released our fish into the pond out back! The saga of how two people with zero interest in personal fish ownership ended up saddled with three very large goldfish is long, but a short and highly depressing recap goes thusly: Foolish landlord stocked shallow back pond with 12 tiny goldfish. Some survived and got larger. Winter came. Pond froze. One goldfish survived by being insulated by the dead bodies of its fish friends.
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Artichoke Dip

CARROT EDAMAME SALAD

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My neighbors have some damned impressive flowers!

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From the tried and true,

purple flowe CARROT EDAMAME SALAD

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To some weirdos I’d never seen before,

maple CARROT EDAMAME SALAD

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Okay, that’s a tree, but still pretty, no?

Carrot edamame salad is one of those dishes that feel quintessentially summer-y to me. It’s light, can be served cold, doesn’t take a lot of work to produce, and has nice, bright, citrus flavors. It’s also good for a few days.

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CARROT EDAMAME SALAD

ASPARAGUS QUICHE

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I had a sad, sad recipe failure this week. My attempt to turn the hideous bananas above into delicious banana bread produced an edible, but overly wet and dense loaf. C’est la vie, I suppose.

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In unrelated news, I really need to mow my lawn. For real, it’s out of control. If I wait long enough though, BS may do it. Sloth FTW!

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At least we have beautiful tree sperms all over!

When life seems overwhelming and the to-do list stretches endlessly long, I tend to turn to the tried-and-true, recipes that produce multiple days of food, and that I know will be tasty enough to steer me away from the cafeteria and its sloth-making, tummy-ache producing food. I’ve been making quiche for so many years that I know I can always pull it off, regardless of what ingredients are at hand (including that one time I started making it, realized I had no cream, and substituted sour cream; texture a little weird, but it worked). Given the cream in the filling and the butter in the crust, it definitely isn’t a permanent food solution, but it beats grilled cheese and french fries – we go to war with the army we have, not the one we want…

This particular quiche features cheddar and asparagus, which is one of my favorite combinations, and is especially well-suited to my current situation since I’m in asparagus land, baby! Locally produced stuff is popping up for under $2 a pound.

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