What in the world do you do with a knobby and ugly thing such as this? Well in our case, what I did was stick it in the fridge and forget about it for a week. :) But then on Sunday, armed with this recipe in hand, I tackled the not-so-daunting task of cooking with celery root and I made a gratin as an accompaniment to our veggie burgers.
The verdict? Peeling the suckers wasn't the easiest chore in the world, but that’s to be expected based on their shape. The first thing I was struck by was the overwhelming celery scent as I peeled them. I guess that’s to be expected, too, based on their name…but I was still kind of surprised by it! Once I got them peeled, they basically handled just like a potato or a turnip. The baked gratin had a sweet and slightly celery flavor to it, and we both quite enjoyed it. I like adding another vegetable to our repertoire!
And since I have half of a wedge of fontina cheese left over, I’m going to make my favorite calzones for dinner tonight. I use whole-wheat pizza dough from Trader Joes, and the dinner comes together very quickly. Couldn't be easier!
Looks like something wants to be planted in the garden... :)
Coming up next, my adventures with a new (to me) vegetable!
My sister-in-law tells me that their potatoes ended up killing everything that was planted around them last year, so I'm going to take a different approach with my garden. Based on this example and this one, too, Karl is helping me with a few build-as-you-grow potato bins. Behold, the construction of the first bin...
We were able to salvage some 2x8s and 2x4s from our shed to use for the first layer of the first bin, but we had to buy a few 2x2s to create the 4-ft corner supports...
See all of those crazy squiggly lines on the patio in the background? That's why you should NEVER let me loose with a pressure washer when I'm bored... :)
Looks like I need to stop focusing so much on the garden and start focusing on mending one of Karl's favorite shirts...
After Karl constructed the first bin, we cut and stapled/nailed galvanized wire mesh to the bottom to prevent hungry moles from stealing my harvest (and also hopefully to keep weeds from growing up too much into the potato bin)...
And then Henry inspected and approved of our work, but it started raining before we could work on the other bins. I've got 3 types of potatoes to grow - yukon golds (which apparently don't grow too well in towers, so we're just going to build a small raised bed for these), red creamers and carola potatoes. Stay tuned to see how they turn out!
In other news, a friend from KC had her first baby over the weekend. Congratulations, Super Kate! I can't wait to meet little Evan in person!
Thanks for bearing with me as I try to get back in my blog groove....I'm almost there...I think...
But you know what? When life gives you lemons,
The thing that really sucks though is that we're going to have to reschedule a trip that we were planning on taking this coming week. In order to be financially responsible and not go in to credit card debt to pay our tax bill, we're going to have to postpone the trip to MO for a few months (I'm soooooo sorry Mom, Susan, Rocky, Grandma, etc!).
Okay, enough about that. No need to worry about us, we're going to be a-okay. I just needed to get it all off my chest so I can move on from this debacle.
On another note, I woke up to this today:
Are you freaking kidding me? It's March 15, for goodness sake! According to my handy dandy Spring Garden Planner, Apr 20 is our frost free date and this marks 5 weeks before the last frost...and so by now I should have spinach, kale, onions, potatoes, beets, peas, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks and parsley out in the garden! But I'm not so sure that in 5 weeks we'll be frost free, so I'm waiting (and trying to remind myself that patience is a virtue).
So let's move on to some lemonade, shall we? We sold our table on Craigslist! (sorry Trina...) The first sale fell through, but the second one worked out swimmingly and our old table and chairs is now going to be taking up residence at the Federal Way Historical Society. :) And I've tentatively sold our futon as well....it's supposed to be picked up within the next week. Cheers to Craigslist!
Okay, thanks for listening to my rambling. Bring on the lemonade, I could certainly use it. (does red wine count as lemonade??) :)
It's a bar-height, aged maple drop-leaf table and chairs. We've got it set up for 'everyday use' right now in the square shape with just 4 chairs. But if we have some friends over, we can turn the table in to a circle and pull out the additional 2 chairs that we've stashed throughout the house. I love it! Love, love, love it!
Oh, and that faux-plate wall hanging behind the table is something that we picked up on sale at Pier 1. Love that, too! I'm really feeling the love with our dining room right now, and am wanting to spend lots of time in there enjoying the view. In fact, I was sitting there enjoying a cup of coffee today when I saw our giant woodpecker friend (actually, two of them) come up to check out our broken/rotting/hopefully salvageable plum tree. We typically see the somewhat smaller (and less I-could-poke-out-your-eyes scary) Northern Flicker in our yard, but today the pileated woodpeckers (or Woody the Woodpecker, as I like to call them) were out in full force!
So anyway, now we've got an extra futon and an extra table/chair set. I think I'm going to post them on Craigslist to see if we get any takers....but first, do any of you Seattlites want either one? If so, shoot me an email and we'll arrange for pick-up. :)