Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Blog Host

Dear Readers...ok, I know you're all really just friends & family at the moment,

I have set up The Kitchen Coven on a new blog host.  Google had somehow tagged me as "inappropriate" and therefore were not spidering my posts.   This meant that unless someone knew exactly what to write in a search bar, they were not being directed to my website.  Because of this, I have decided to set up The Kitchen Coven with Wordpress.org though DreamHost.com.  I was able to successfully transfer all my old blogs, future scheduled blogs, and comments to the new host.  This also means that I now own the domain name The Kitchen Coven (YAY) and it is an official "website" www.thekitchencoven.com (YAY)!

What does this mean for you?  Well it doesn't really mean anything unless you signed up to get subscription emails.  If you signed up for subscription emails, you will have to resign up at www.thekitchencoven.com.  That is it!

I hope to continue our love affair for non-corporate food on a much freer and friendlier forum!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bar Top: Coco Rico Mojito

I was at the local ethnic food market and came across this:


Coco Rico is a coconut soda from Puerto Rico.  Now, I don't drink soda but I was extremely intrigued.  I grabbed it and bought it.  I immediately though of rum.  I knew that this soda would go great with some rum.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Orange Marinated Red Pepper

I love bell peppers but I can't eat them raw so I don't buy them often because of that.  Which is a shame, really, because bell peppers add a lot of flavor to salads and can be a great snack.

I read Marc Matsumoto's blog "No Recipes" (and you should too!  His recipes are amazing!) and one day I received a post about "Grapefruit Pickled Peppers" and was very intrigued.  I read through the recipe and I had to try the method immediately.  This method makes a very crisp, marinated pepper that you can eat right out of the jar.  Marinating the peppers in a citrus juice "cooks" the peppers as the acid will break down the fibers a little bit. I have been eating these peppers almost everyday in an afternoon snack salad.  I hesitate to call these peppers "pickles" because technically they are not pickles, so I call them "marinated" peppers.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Knowing How to Can Rocks!

Knowing how to can rocks!  Learning how to can really opened my eyes to a whole different aspect of cooking and I've learned so much from it.  It also taps into my cheap skate side in that I can take advantage of sales.

Weis was having a huge sale the other day and knowing how to can allowed me to turn this:



Into this:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kale and White Beans

I have the never ending bag of kale right now.  I can't go through it fast enough!  I get a new bag of kale every week!  So, I've been thinking up ways to use it up and every time I try a new recipe, I fall more in love in kale.  It's just so darn versatile!  This time I wanted to make it with some beans.

White beans have become my favorite bean.  They don't break down during cooking and tend to keep their shape and flavor, plus they have a smooth, buttery flavor that just goes great with all kinds of vegetables.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Saga Continues: Vegetable Plants

The plants thank you for your prayers!
 
The plants are doing pretty well!  The tomatoes have really rooted down and are growing rather magnificently!  The lettuce was doing so well that I had to transplant one of them into it's own container, so now I have two containers of lettuce.  One of the cabbage was encroaching on the other one, so I transplanted that one into it's own container but I'm pretty sure that I was too late.  That one may be a goner.  We'll see if it thrives in it's own container, keep your fingers crossed for that one.  I also had an onion that started to sprout so I planted that in it's own container as well!  The basil has seen better days but I replaced the soil with new soil and planted it deeper into the soil.  Maybe that will help it root down some more?
 
I started with four pots and now have seven!  Oh, and my buddy, The Mountain Man, has a huge pot that he wants to give me.  I'm still mulling it over on if I will take it or not.  I don't want to plant anything else in case this turns out to be a complete failure!  Haha.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Maple Sugar Apple Rings

This is what goes through my mind when I'm walking through the farmers market:

"Ok, Jessica, you are here for fruit and vegetables that you will eat.  Don't get carried away.  Focus on your list."
"Yes, I will focus on my list.  I only need a few things:  carrots, onions, spinach - Oh look!  Smoked garlic!  That's interesting!"
"FOCUS"
"Yes, focusing on my - OMG!  Plants!  Aren't the peonies so pretty!  I should buy some!"
"You already started a container garden and it's...well - "
"- Oh, hush you, the tomatoes are doing fantabulous!"
"Yes but the cabbage has seen better days"
"Good point. Oooh look!  Bread!  I could buy a baguette and put it in my canvas grocery bag...it will be très français!"
"You bake bread from scratch for a fraction of what that bread costs!"
"You're right.  I don't need bread - but look!  Apples!"
"You don't eat apples out of hand!"
"I know but they are organic AND sustainable!  I have to support a sustainable farm! Right?  Right!"
"Ok, but you *will* eat the apples!"
"Of course I will eat the apples, silly!"