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Milkweed Seed Bombs

May 3rd, 2016 4 Comments

  Remember this little guy from two years ago?  We did figure out he was a guy by the dots on the wings, check out better pictures here to see the visual differences of male and females.   Spring is a great time to plant milkweed to help these buddies flourish and continue their remarkable migration to Mexico.  Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed, it’s the one plant that larvae will eat so this is where they lay their eggs.  The reduced growing habitat

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Favorites April 2016

April 26th, 2016 1 Comment

  From a run in the woods today: it’s good to be alive.     Since catering became a major part of my life spring has meant the beginning of the crazy season, the listmaking-emailing-ordering-prepping-ducks-in-a-row pseudo-calm before the storm, the beginning of nearly non-stop intensity.  Spring meant the end of reasonable work hours, the end of free time, the end of fun exercise.  Since skiing became a major part of my life spring is the season I mourn the passing

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Peppermint Coconut Oil Snacks

April 20th, 2016 4 Comments

 photo by Roy Hampton It has been so fun going through my father’s photos of our times in Mexico.  Good memories of a slower life, and my oh my we all looked so young. This is a print of two nopales (prickly pear cactus) growing on a hilltop.  One grey day while taking a walk on the mesa my father noticed he could see these dancers when he was at a very particular place in the road.  A few feet either

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Boxty Cakes

March 15th, 2016 4 Comments

  An Irish potato pancake just in time for St. Patrick’s day. These are hearty buddies for any kind of meal and a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes. The basic idea is to mix mashed potatoes with grated raw potatoes and an egg, but there are infinite possibilities of variables that could be introduced.  Herbs, garlic, curry, jalapeños, horseradish, siracha, yams, caraway, saffron…   The origin of the name is likely the Irish phrase arán bocht tí meaning “poor-house bread”.  

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

March 9th, 2016 No Comments

  A crust should be both a snack by itself as well as a vehicle to transport delicious toppings to your salivating mouth.  I’ve known of recipes using cauliflower for various crusts but had never tried it until recently.  This recipe has no grain but there is cheese which helps bind everything.  Why cauliflower?  It has a light texture and a mild flavor so it should blend well with whatever toppings you want to add.     Squeezing out the

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Feta Jalapeño Dip

March 2nd, 2016 4 Comments

    I love dips.  I love spreadable flavor that I can eat on a cracker.  Maybe it’s the social aspect of which it hints—Spreadable and Dip-able concoctions often mean time with friends and wine…and that just sounds like fun. We first tried a version of this in Washington D.C. and the salty-with-a-bite was a combination worth exploring.  It’s simple and could be used as a dip, spread, or enchilada filling.  There are many variations you could do with this

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Favorites February 2016

February 23rd, 2016 No Comments

. Ah, the end-of-February Birkie-Season post. The American Birkebeiner is the largest cross country ski race in North America and is a combination of fun, fitness, friends, fretting, fueling, waxing, fretting again, throw in some stress and insanity for entertainment, and if all goes well…skiing on snow for up to 56 kilometers.   Friday before Race Day we stopped in to pick up wax from Vermont ski-guru Zach Caldwell. I waited in the car to stay dry, and what you’re

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Momentum

February 17th, 2016 5 Comments

photo by Coleen Sullins . Time spent skiing alone in the quiet woods with only my body, skis, and thoughts tends to birth an unending stream of Life-Ski analogies.   Observation of the Day: Momentum is Sweet. Momentum propels you halfway up the next hill with no effort.  Life is good, you feel like you’ve ‘got it’…momentum allows you to fly without working hard.  But momentum can disappear for various reasons (falling, slow glide, deep snow, whatever) and once you have lost

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Seedy Crackers

February 2nd, 2016 4 Comments

photo by Coleen Sullins This is our cute little neighbor having lunch at the ABR Rock Fence Cabin, a red squirrel who hung out atop the stack of firewood to better peek in our window.  Here he was eating his own snack…but he was also extremely interested in chewing through the top of our freezer-cooler outside the door.  Not so cute.  I’m sure he would have been more than happy to have a pile of these tasty seedy crackers.  

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Pepitas, or Pumpkin Seeds

January 26th, 2016 3 Comments

  . An incredible morning at the Rock Fence Cabin at ABR…it makes it easy to get up at dawn.  All of these awesome winterland and cabin photos are by Coleen Sullins who is joining us here in the land of snow while her home in North Carolina is currently under a massive pile of…you guessed it: snow. . . . Snow Snakes quietly sleeping.  Most people don’t realize how prolific they are here in the north woods, and how

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