my revolving passions's

what do you mean, I can only have one

Rhubarb March 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — myrevolvingpassions @ 8:50 am

Some people… Throwback at Trapper Creek and Organette live where rhubarb is already in full swing, or bloom (what exactly does rhubarb do?  Maybe unfurl?)

I live where rhubarb still look like this.

Recipes, desserts, jams and sauces are still weeks away.

Last year was our first year with Rhubarb.  We we given some very very old root “masses” that had been dug up.  After splitting and dividing the roots we planted some, gave some away and waited.  We had a minimal harvest for obvious reasons, and I have since learned the little we did harvest probably should have been left alone, helping to feed the rhizome’s for future years.

Well this year is different, and I have been saving up, clipping, bookmarking and cutting out any recipe that features rhubarb.  This year, we will eat rhubarb.


an excellent way to spend the day March 18, 2010

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How can it be that he is already 2 1/2 years old!


bastardized recipe March 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — myrevolvingpassions @ 10:52 pm

Ok, this one is good, really good and I made it even better by converting it to be made in the crock pot!

Chicken and Beer Carbonnade

Changes or substitutions I made to recipe
Not dark beer. I didn’t have any dark on hand and just used a regular old Bud Light. I am sure that the dark beer would have given a deeper flavor

The recipe calls for a pound of onions, I didn’t even come close

Beef Broth—I just used water, it was only a 1/2 cup and I didn’t want to take the time to thaw some broth.  Note to self…take the time to pressure can more broth, frozen only works for preparedness

I browned the chicken thighs and then put them into the crock, just throwing the rest of the ingredients on top.  Set it for low and came back 10 hours later to amazingness.  While I know that the flavors would have been even better this was still really really good and I love anything I can easily put into the crock pot before leaving for work.  Served over oven baked rice which was great.

If you give it a try let me know, I would love to hear what you thought of it!


S.U.F.I. March 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — myrevolvingpassions @ 8:49 pm

About 2 weeks ago my mother-in-law gave us an article from the Beacon Journal.  The article talked about different local and nationwide programs that encourage, foster and do urban farming and green space.  She, rightly so, thought that we would find the article interesting.

The following blurb from the article jumped out to both Nate and I

Thanks to enthusiasm and support from partners in the Summit Food Policy Coalition, a group started last year to address food access in Summit County, Akron is jumping on the urban farming band wagon. The Summit Urban Farming Initiative (SUFI), a seven-week training program, will begin in March at the Akron General Wellness Center in Bath Township. The pilot program, co-sponsored by OSU Extension of Summit County, Akron’s Department of Planning and Urban Development and the Summit Food Policy Coalition, will be offered on Thursday evenings through April.

So we signed up to take the 7 week class starting this Thursday.  I am very excited to learn what these classes have to offer.  Our church hopes to be starting up a community garden this summer and we have talked about using our own property to start and support a CSA.  Both of these ideas are just that though, ideas.  Having a forum and chance for instruction on questions and ideas is very exciting.

So exciting that I think we are going to have to buy new notebooks just for the class!


public speaking March 2, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — myrevolvingpassions @ 10:09 am

I am a bad speaker.  I don’t have any trouble getting my words out, I just have trouble getting my point across. 

Frequently my husband and I will be with a group of friends family or peers and I will be talking about something, trying to get a point of view or an opinion across.  Three quarters of the way through my stumbling I stop, look at Nate and say ” you tell them what I am trying to say.”  And then he does.  He is extremely good at deciphering what I am trying to say and then simplifying it into a succinct and perfect sentence! (He is so very handy to have around, and he makes pancakes too!)

I have a hard time taking my thoughts, ideas, passions and putting them into cohesive and most importantly coherent explanations.  While having Nate correlate and finish up my ramblings with friends and family is ok, it is not when I get asked to speak in front of people.

Two times this past week I hav been asked or encouraged to speak.  Both instances would be in a classroom with high schoolers and both opportunities are about food.  Obviously something I like a lot.  I would love to speak, but I have no idea how!!  In talking with Nate, he can understand me you know, he mentioned this idea thinking it would help me.

Start at the end.  Figure out what point or idea I want the people listening  to grasp, and walk away with and then work backward from there.  It sounds so simple, and really it is, but I know now that is the source of my problem.  ( I said problem, not problems.  I know I still have some to take care of.)