It has been a mild winter (so far) and we are getting started with the garden. It feels good to be back in the garden and thinking about what we will grow this year. The photo shows our raised beds. We have a frame with wire mesh (above and below) to keep birds, squirrels, wood rats, gophers and moles away from many of the beds. Poles and nylon nets also work well, we just made it permanent with the frame and wire. We are not going anywhere. Continue reading
(Editors Note: It takes a bit of chutzpah to start telling people what kitchen gear to buy, but we will occasionally recommend gear that we think makes for better cooking and entertaining. This is the first of these posts.)
One of the guilty pleasures we have here at Putney Farm is watching the TV show Chopped on the Food Network. Basically, 4 (usually) skilled chefs make meals in very limited time, from somewhat random, surprise ingredients. They build a 3-course meal and a chef is “chopped” after each round until you get a winner. A bit contrived, but good family fun. Our kids love the show and it does occasionally provide some good cooking tips and ideas. Continue reading
Okay, I’m just making this clear, but Stewart is not writing this. You are actually reading the work of his son Sam, who very politely asked to write an article. I think I’m averaging a B- in English right now so I’m not sure how this is going to work out.
I think we can all agree that we have all made at least 8 dozen sandwiches in our lives. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m sure I will be at that marker soon enough.
You can make a sandwich out of basically anything. I once made a “ketchup, pickle, and mixed nut sandwich”. Better than it sounds, but definitely not something you want to make on a regular basis. Draegers, one of our local grocery stores, has a tuna and egg salad sandwich, which is a double decker hunk of extreme awesomeness, no joke. The cream cheese and jelly sandwich is a semi-popular meal often sent with second graders to school for lunch. It starts off tasting good, but after a couple weeks of it you start to get that “if I have another bite of this I’m gonna barf” feeling.
Sandwiches are so common these days that we take them for granted. But who had the great idea to put cheese and ham in between two pieces of bread? Believe it or not, the sandwich was made by accident. A long time ago a couple of people were playing cards. It was about lunchtime, and they were hungry. One player wanted to eat, but also wanted to continue playing, so he asked for his meal between two slices of bread, so he could eat it with one hand. Without thinking, he invented the sandwich.
There are many kinds of sandwiches you can make. There are no restrictions, but here are a few tips.
– If you want a healthy sandwich, go for whole wheat bread, but if you want it to taste better, use white or rye bread.
– Grilled cheese tastes better with mustard.
– Toasting the bread adds flavor.
– Ketchup should not be a main component of any sandwich except for burgers.
– PB&J or turkey and cheese sandwiches make the best sandwiches for school lunches.