Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We have plants in the ground!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the community garden that took root (pun intended) in my neighborhood. I made no attempt to hide the fact that I’m a gardening newbie, but after one 6-hour work “party,” 25 wheelbarrows (at least) full of soil, multiple trips to the gardening store, and invaluable advice from 2 real-life gardeners – I’ll say it again – we have plants in the ground!
What was once a lonely, empty lot was brought to life by a group of hopeful urban gardeners who turned the rocky, weedy hillside into 30+ plots of burgeoning plant life. Tended by our neighborhood's residents, our plot shares the space with a varied group including a police officer, a software consultant, a retired swimmer and a local pre-school - who held hands and each grabbed a portion of the hose so they could water the garden together (it was the cutest thing ever.)
This will definitely be an experiment. After culling through others’ advice, what was on our “wish list,” as well as what was available at the plant store, our 12 x 4 plot has tomatoes, peppers (jalapenos, serranos, yellow & red), cucumbers, pole beans, herbs (thyme, lavender & basil), artichokes, green onions, strawberries and squash. We even threw in some flowers (marigolds) to entice the bees.
We lined our box with chicken wire to deter the gophers, and bought sticks to create support for the beans and tomatoes as they grow. We water daily. And now we wait!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
makes 12 cupcakes
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
MARSHMALLOW BANANA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING INGREDIENTS
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MARSHMALLOW BANANA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I have a group of dear girlfriends that I don’t get to see very often, but we do get together a few times a year for birthdays. And for every birthday for the past 5 years we’ve always gone to the same place. The Elephant Bar. (Save for the one time we mixed it up and went to BJ’s).
Which is why when it came to M’s bday, her suggestion of trying something new was a huge, exciting deal. And not just dinner – but dessert too! Her one request was to have dinner somewhere in the vicinity of Bi-Rite Creamery, so we could end up there for dessert.
And we couldn’t have made a better choice. The Mission, which is typically rowdy, crowded and very parking UN-friendly on weekends was calm and inviting on an early Monday evening. And Andalu’s small plates/sharing convention was fun, celebratory and very democratic. Everyone got to choose a little something.
We almost got off track when we saw homemade donut holes (!) and Castilian hot cocoa (!) on the dessert menu. But we re-focused - and then headed towards Bi-Rite as planned.Minutes later (thanks to an atypical shortish line) we spilled out onto the sidewalk, excited about the delicious combinations of salt, sweet, fruit, and spice that we held in our hands. Salted Caramel. Roasted Banana. Honey Lavender and Ricanelas (cinnamon & snickerdoodle). I can’t think of many better ways to end an evening.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
At my job we use a lot of acronyms, some of which to this day I'm still not 100% sure what they mean (but I waited way too long and can't ask what they mean now). But in this case, it just means I didn't have time to write a formal review, but still wanted to post something.
Also at my job, when we don't have time for a formal meeting but still need the face time, we'll do a quick, informal one and call it a "drive-by". So that's what I was thinking of when writing this post, only since it's food, it's more of a "drive-through" than a "drive-by." So here's our first DTR, or Drive-Through Review.
It was a gorgeous Thursday afternoon, and a long time since I had lunch with pals K, W and Ms. Gorgongzola.
I'd go back for the tender, juicy fried chicken, the sweet, cakey waffles, and the seriously addicting brown sugar & black pepper biscuits (not shown).