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Archive for January, 2009

Things change

Almost a month and no post.

The majority of this is due to my job and the fact that from December until March I work 55-60 hours a week.  I won’t go into any details, but I work for a very large and wonderful non-profit that does a huge fundraiser in the winter months, which I manage for my small region.  It is grueling, difficult work, but I have relaxed summers which seems like a decent trade off.

But the main reason is that I’m going through a transition in my personal life that is totally related to the content of this blog.  If you’ve read my about me page, you know that I moved up here to live with my boyfriend, Pete.  We live in a condo that his parents own and we pay the mortgage on and that is where I have my little garden (and my big freezer and big pantry and root cellar).  I’ve depended on these things to live my life of simple, local eating.

Well, as relationships are wont to occasionally do, this one has ended.  We broke up a couple of weeks ago.  Don’t fret- we’re both fine.  I was mutual and predictable and in no way is there bad blood between us, but it means that I have to leave my home.

So I’m moving away from my garden and my freezer and my pantry and starting anew.  I’m going to be moving in with two girls who live in a townhouse.  I’m hoping to convince them of starting a garden- keep your fingers crossed.  In the meantime, I’m going to hopefully have a small plot of my CSA where I can plant some things.  I’ve already told Pete that I’m coming to harvest my Garlic when it is ready, but I’ll be leaving behind almost everything else, including our jam-packed freezer (that hurts worse than the breakup!).

It will be a diffcult transition and it has come smack dab in the middle of when I should be ordering my seeds and planning my new garden, so I am thrown a bit off-kilter.

I don’t have any plan to give up on my goals of eating sustainably and in-season, so the blog isn’t going anywhere.  However, I don’t know that I’ll have much to post about until the spring…so I hope you will all keep me bookmarked and keep me on your feeds while I get settled into a new life.

Thank you, readers!

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Meat again

We don’t eat a lot of meat here in our house.  It’s a combination of many things.  For one, I don’t like red meat, so I never think to cook it (except for pot roasts and beef stew!  Yum!), Pete participates in meat fasts (and occasionally vegan fasts) for religious reasons frequently through the year and for the sake of easiness, I usually follow with him (except he’s crazy if he thinks I’ll give up butter or eggs or ice cream), and, naturally, we’ve both become leery of eating meat from CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feed Operations) and I’ve basically given up industrial-raised meat entirely.

Because of those reasons, we don’t eat a lot of meat.  I’m lucky that I have a few local sources- and one not so local.  Every year my parents raise a cow to provide them with beef for the year, and I’m usually lucky enough to get a few cuts from them whenever I go home.  I’ve still got a package of rib-eyes and a package of stew-beef from them in the freezer now, one of which we will be eating very, very soon.

Our CSA usually has beef and I’ve already told you about the marvelous chickens, but just recently, the pork finally came in.   They’ve had the pigs there for quite a while and I’ve been eyeing their bellies and waiting for bacon.   About a week and a half ago, we went in and picked up about 25lbs of pork- chops, ground, a massive 6.5 lb shoulder, and- best of all!- 8.7 lbs of fresh bacon.  I’m a little confused about this, to be honest, because I don’t have any idea what to do with fresh bacon.  For now, it’s a comfortable frozen block in our freezer, so if anyone has any insight or experience with bacon…speak up, please!

And as we speak, that shoulder is slowly roasting away in a crust of apple cider and brown sugar in a slow oven getting tender and delicious.

It’s so nice to have meat again!

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