Fantastic Friday Five: Perfect popcorn, Vegan Alfredo sauce, and a New kitchen toy!

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

CL:  A new post from Harvest Moon Kitchen??!?! THE SKY IS FALLING.

JG:  No, Chicken Little. It’s only me, and stop that before you make me feel bad about the fact that I’ve been absent… because guilt is the last reason I want to feel compelled to write on here. Sheesh.

… I’m back! Since you’ve seen me last I’ve finished up another successful teaching year, completed my Master’s in Education (woo!!) with an intensive last course, coaxed my garden into growing almost out of control, and nearly clean chopped off the tip of my thumb – (almost) all fun little distractions that shifted my priorities for a while there. We’ll see what happens now that life has settled down at least a little bit! And let’s get on to some fantasticness I’ve been enjoying lately…

#1:  Perfect stovetop popcorn

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I am a popcorn fiend. Well, I’ve got Step 1 down… :) I used to make microwave popcorn, back in my pre-enlightened days (ha), and for a while since giving it up I was mostly just buying the AMAZING Little Lad’s brand of pre-popped popcorn from right here in Maine (check out their website here). Well we have a lovely friend who is always ready with freshly popped stovetop popcorn when she entertains guests, and I naturally wanted to give it a try. So I tried a few times on my own from her directions, but I seemed to always either burn the popcorn at the bottom of the pot or leave so many unpopped kernels that I nearly cried in mourning.   Continue reading

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Fantastic “Friday” Five: Citrusy black beans, Cookies 2-ways and Garden planning

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Happy Sunday everyone! Yeah, that’s right – I’m still doing a “Fantastic” post even though it’s not Friday. It’s my blog and I can cheat if I want to. Here’s what I’ve especially enjoyed this week:

#1: Black beans and salad with balsamic vinaigrette

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I love love LOVE making black beans from “scratch”, and Elise’s recipe from Simply Recipes is my absolute favorite way to prepare them. I served them with warmed corn tortillas, corn bread, and a fresh salad made with local lettuce and tomatoes. We’ve been using a fabulous balsamic vinaigrette from Chinese Grandma. Make this dressing. And make those beans. Uh oh, now I’m getting bossy… Continue reading

Fantastic Friday Five: Fiddleheads, Chocolate treats, and Running with kids

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Life has intervened lately, so the FFF has taken a little break… But it’s baaa-aaaack! And chock-full of a couple weeks worth of fantasticness. Enjoy. :)

#1:  Fiddleheads!

This comes a little late as fiddlehead season is pretty much done here in Maine, but I didn’t want to leave them out of a well-deserved spot on the FFF!

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The Fantastic Friday Five: Beet cake, Brunch, and Ballet

The Fantastic Friday Five is a (new!) weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, and more!

Sooooo here we go! I’m trying out a weekly feature in addition to recipe posts, because sometimes there are things I want to share that don’t necessarily merit a full post. I’m hoping this also kickstarts me into more regular posting, on any topic. Enjoy!

#1:  Beet bundt cake for girls’ night

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Photo by juice jam & joy (see original post here) – We ate the cake before taking a picture of it… mine had mini choco chips on top…  :) Continue reading