The big coverup: Pink bubbles

White washing machine, pink bubbles. Hrm. There were pink bubbles in my washing machine. Lots of pink foam. And it made me nervous. MVH didn’t even know I was washing a Rit-dyed garment, and I could feel him getting anxious across town. I didn’t panic. Of course there were a lot of bubbles. I washed […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Mixed success with squash gratin

Dress the gratin with this bright green sauce of oregano and parsley. It would be nice to say that Heidi of 101 Cookbooks wrote a bum recipe, but that would be a lie. I was hungry and impatient. Consequently, the potatoes in this gratin were underdone. And that’s the truth, the powdery, uncooked potato truth. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Squash side on the fly

Cook butterstick until al dente. Adding salt will help the squash release water. My culinary creativity and thrift skills were put to the test Sunday. I faced a near-empty fridge. I had just returned from a weekend getaway; my vacation hangover was waxing. And I had only a few hours before I went to work. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Grown-up cookies

See the tiny golden flecks? There’s a vegetable in these cookies! The summer squash in this recipe is on a covert mission. Its objective: to add moisture to these not-too-sweet cookies. Mission: accomplished. I shredded the butterstick in my Cuisinart food processor using the shredding disc. Then I chopped it more using the standard food […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini in the Zeitgeist

Big butterstick summer squash, what is your destiny? Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smelled a bunch of zucchini recipes. The summer squash plants at VHHQ are starting to produce. The crop this year may not be great. It’s been a cool summer in Madison. But I’ve already plucked a butterstick as big as my forearm and a pool […]

Bottled

MVH fills bottles. First there was brewing. Then there was grainy tea. Then there was transferring the beer to the secondary fermentor (this wasn’t particularly interesting, so I skipped showing this part of the brewing process). After the secondary fermentor, which is a glass bottle large enough to hold the volume of two cases of […]

The big coverup

Lest you think all I do around here is eat, here’s a glimpse at a pair of clothing projects. I have a beach vacation coming up, and I need swimsuit coverups that are more stylish than an oversized Brewers T-shirt (charming as it may be). I want coverups that go from beach to cafe and […]

Grainy tea

Cool drink on a hot summer night. After we brewed beer, MVH steeped the spent grains to make a delicious iced-tea-like beverage. He was inspired by a drink he had on a business trip to China. Half a gallon of boiling water was poured over the grains, and they steeped for about an hour. The […]

Devil brownies and easy jam

Easy raspberry jam is stirred into the brownie batter. I am a brownie woman. Make that a fudgey brownie woman. Forget cakey brownies. If I want a chocolate cake, I’ll make one, thank you. And let’s skip frosting. A fudgey brownie needs, at most, a sprinkling of powdered sugar. These brownies β€” my favorite brownies […]

Who needs a yogurt maker?

Start here, with a quart of milk and two tablespoons of plain yogurt. There’s more science than cooking to making yogurt. Don’t panic. We’re not talking Avogadro’s number stuff here; we’re talking vinegar and baking soda volcanoes. Making yogurt is an easy exercise. The hardest part about making yogurt is keeping the milk from boiling […]

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