Cast iron cornbread

Cast iron.

It’s the stuff of old, shrouded in mystique, out of the grasp of technologically-minded suburbanites like me, right? <<insert gameshow buzzer here>>

Oh man! Why did it take me this long to play with cast iron?!?

Tonight, I left the comfort of my bland, square glass baking pan, and embarked on a journey to richness of flavor, satisfyingly crispy crusts, and undeniable beauty that will call me to return again and again.

With Cast Iron Cornbread. Continue reading “Cast iron cornbread”

A 6-step exercise in minimalism

So our new cabin is half the size of our former home in the suburbs.

HALF the size. And NO basement.

For this family (genetically predisposed to collecting), living in a small house will be a challenge.

To be honest, we still have a bunch of stuff in our storage unit. After all, we ARE planning on building a bigger cabin. So I do expect to have space again someday. But in the meantime, here we are, a family of four, living in a small house, with a TINY kitchen. How do I do it? Continue reading “A 6-step exercise in minimalism”

REAL food

It seems like forever since I’ve been able to make real food for my family!

I’m talking REAL food. Start-from-scratch, fresh veg, homemade broth from the freezer, simmers for hours, warms to you your toes. Real food.

Our kitchen back in the suburbs was packed up almost entirely about 10 days before our move. Sure, we left a few items out–a small skillet, saucepan, paper plates, silverware. We could get by, right? Continue reading “REAL food”