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In Bloom Now

14 Sep

This is one variety of three different Autumn croci that are in bloom now.

Apple Chocolate Chip Cornbread

14 Sep

The basic recipe came from the old Fanny Farmer cookbook.  I tweeked it into a dessert/fun breakfast. Isabelle made the second batch last night.  Now she wants to make another.  So I guess it is good enough to share since it is delicious.

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup whole wheat flour (ours is home ground soft wheat)

1/3 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2-2/3 cup milk

1 large egg

2 tablespoons vegetable oil or chicken fat

2 early (not too sweet) apples, sliced and cut in small chunks–skin on

a handful+ chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch glass or metal cake pan.  Mix the dry ingredients.  Add the egg, the cut up apples and chips.  Stir.  Add the milk and oil.  Stir until all moist.  Spoon into pan and bake about 20 minutes.  Serve up hot or cool.

Harvested, Read and Seen

14 Sep

This week I froze almost a gallon of diced red sweet peppers and a quart or more of edamame.  We had lasagne made with fresh tomato sauce. Ellie came for tomatoes to make some juice for her husband.  Today I planted the greens that will eventually be under the cold frame.  We had a cumulative inch of rain over the past two nights.

The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steve Runciman is a very good book. It is timely, too. Mehmet, Sultan of the Turks, was 21 years old when he overran Constantinople.  But the fall of the city started at least a hundred years prior to Tuesday, the 29th of May, 1453.

March, by Charlotte Brooks, is the book chosen for the Cornell freshman class to read this year.  It was well written, but I agree with Ellie that the main character is unlikeable–as was the real man he is based upon: Amos Bronson Alcott.

Ghostwalk, by Rebecca Stott,  is notable primarily for good metaphors and a great discussion of European glass production in the 1600’s. (Angela, I will give you the book)

Something the Lord Made is a very, very good movie about white, brilliant, arrogant Dr. Blalock and Vivien Thomas, the brilliant, self-schooled black lab tech who with him pioneered the first successful open heart surgery procedure to save “blue” babies; children who are unable to get enough oxygen due to a leaky heart valve. It is also the story of how perceptions of race and class changed in their lifetimes. Alan Rickman and Mos Def are fabulous.  I hope to read Partners of the Heart: Vivien Thomas and His Work with Alfred Blalock: An Autobiography.


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