Some excellent foodie git ideas from Houzz.com. I especially like the paper bundt pans. Bake in these and then leave them behind without worrying about getting your baking pan back in the next few days, weeks or months.
You’ll find a variety of these Paper Bundt Pans on Amazon.com
I have had 2 of these bins for the past 8-9 seasons and they are going strong. I was lucky enough to get mine at a discount via our local recycling and composting program, but I see them listed here on Amazon.com and you might be able to find them locally, too.
Assembly was easy and fast and they have had held up very well to the weather, our beating Southern California sun and even the critters. I have added a large rock on top of each one to help keep the critters out, but that is all.
I am not an active composter — turning and tending my bins — but these composters continue to produce an almost continuous supply for my garden. Every so often I open the bottom door and take out the finished compost. The rest of the material then sinks to the bottom, leaving space on top for more material to be added. Couldn’t be easier!
More 2012 Gift Guide Items:
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
- Bulb Planting Tools
- Blue Snowball Microphone
- Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
- Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
- We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
- Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
- The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
- Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
- The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
After learning how to make a curry a few months ago (Ok, Ok, I know any true Indian would probably find it hopelessly American) I have been on the lookout for more Indian dishes I can fit into my, somewhat fussy, food preferences. This lentil recipe caught my eye the other day and I think I will be making it fairly soon.
Oddly enough, I discovered I liked lentils via the Sicilian relatives. In Sicily, lentils (lenticchi) are a traditional food for New Year’s Eve (La Festa di San Silvestro) and New Year’s Day (Capo D’Anno). Italians love metaphor and the little discs of lentil are seen as little coins. Supposedly, the lentils you eat will correspond to prosperity in the New Year, so it is required that everyone have at least a small taste.
That said, whether the recipe I use is Italian or India, lentils are slowly making a way into our regular food progressions.
Jenna over at the Cold Antler Farm blog writes about all sorts of homesteading projects, like hauling wood with her draft horse, raising sheep and other animals and teaching others about all these things with her Antlerstock Homesteading Conferences (my term) held a the farm itself.
Today, she gives us a run down on how she make hard cider. This is a bit more complicated than my version, but I just might give it a try.
(See Hard cider project is fermenting for my older blog post and 2 short videos)
Her cider is more potent, do to the addition of extra honey to ferment into alcohol.
Read the entire post on the Cold Antler Farm blog.
Make A Small Batch of Hard Cider! from coldantlerfarm by Jenna
Every year my friends and I gather to hand press gallons of fresh apple cider at our good friend Dave’s home in Vermont. Sadly, this year a late spring frost ruined our apple harvest and few if any local apples were around in the wild or at orchards to forage or pick. Which meant no hard cider, the real reason we all get together to crush and press.
But today I decided no late frost was ruining my favorite Yuletide drink. I decided to just buy some fresh-pressed cider at Saratoga Apple, get a small fifty-cent package of champagne yeast at my local Zymurgist, and make my own small batch.
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I could eat pizza everyday, if need be, so I am definitely going to check out this new book by Jim Lahey, he of “No Knead Bread” fame.
Making good pizza crust has always been a bit of a problem for me, so I am constantly looking for easier methods and better advice.
Check out “My Pizza by Jim Lahey” on Amazon.com
This looks to be such a leap above the typical box cake. I will be making this as soon as I can. I love cornmeal and I love pistachio and I love the idea of combining them into — what I consider — a fairly rustic cake. I could see the Sicilian relatives making a cake like this. Simple, unadorned, but wonderful.
I came across this post in my feeds the other day and immediately headed over to sign up for the Macheesmo mailing list. This eCookbook (PDF format) contains some excellent recipes to add to my collection.
As the school year begins for my college professor wide and high-school-aged son, it falls to me to have healthily and tasty meals on the table when they get home. My Favorite Weeknight Meals has already given me several ideas to add to my repertoire. Check it out!
From the Macheesmo web site…
It’s nothing fancy, but it’s effective. It’s 30 of my absolute, favorite weeknight meals. These are meals that I’ve posted somewhere before… either on Macheesmo, on another website, or in Cornerstone Cooking.
But it’s a fun collection because it’s all meals that I love to make after a busy weeknight.
Almost all of the 30 meals in ebook take less than an hour to make. A lot of them also have steps that can be made in advance to even further decrease after-work prep time.
Oh… and the best part about this eBook?