Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

At White House, Roasted Veggies Trump Chicken-Fried Steak

The New York Times this morning zeroes in on holiday preparations at the White House, and even though the December party season has never been known much for good eating habits, the executive mansion is trying to stress its new penchant for local and healthy. Thank, in part, that garden first lady Michelle Obama planted […]

Grow Your Own Mushrooms: How We Cooked the Portabellas

It was the perfect weekend to cook those homegrown Portabellas. It was the worst weekend to cook those homegrown Portabellas. It was perfect because Carrie and I were snowbound in our Takoma Park home, our cars buried in drifts and walls of snowplough-created ice, snow, and slush. (Plus, I did mention our cable/internet was down […]

Growing Your Own Mushrooms: The Crowning Achievement

Isn't this Mushroom Adventures specimen a thing of beauty? The Portabella is sitting in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator until the weekend, when it will become part of a still-undetermined dish. I'm still taking recipe suggestions.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms: Week 2 Report

The mushrooms have sprouted! The mushrooms have sprouted! The mushrooms have sprouted! My Mushroom Adventures kit promised that I'd see some sign of Portabellas between 7 and 14 days, and sure enough, on Day 11, the little white nubbins started poking through the casing and compost. As you can (sort of) see from this photo, […]

Grow Your Own Mushrooms: Week 1 Report

Remember how I was saying that growing your own indoor mushrooms is so easy that even a green death thumb like me could do it? Well, I have to admit, I'm getting nervous. After a week of watering and worrying over my box of dirt, all I have is...a box of dirt. I'm trying to […]

Playing with Dirt: How to Grow Your Own Indoor Mushrooms

This Mushroom Adventures box had been sitting on the dining room table since Christmas, when Carrie's folks gave it to me as a present. I had let it gather dust for a number of reasons: the deep layer of newly inoculated compost had not matured enough to start the growing process; I really didn't have time […]

Learn to Can All Those Summer Tomatoes

If food wastage is a sin — or at least contributes to Third World poverty — then we owe it to ourselves to be better guardians (if that's the right word) of the products we buy and grow. How many fresh summer tomatoes, for instance, have you let rot away on the counter over the […]

PETA Wants Lower Health Insurance Premiums for Vegetarians

I'm an idiot for tackling this issue because, well, that's exactly what PETA wants journalists to do. I'm taking the bait for one reason only: because the organization's proposal to lower health insurance premiums for vegetarians is the stupidest idea I've heard in years. Why? Simple: It's based on the massively faulty assumption that vegetarians, […]