Welcome! Come on in. I’m still fixing the place up, but it’s fit for visiting. There will be more bits and pieces added in the near future, but for now please enjoy the light, space, and functionality of my new cyber-kitchen. It’s almost as satisfying as the renovation of our actual kitchen that I did back in February. Many thanks are due to Claudia for relentlessly pestering me about how ugly the old blog was, and when was I going to do something about it, and why couldn’t I have become a doctor or a lawyer or maybe a pharmacist–it’s a good job, after all, and it’s not as hard as being a doctor but still respectable and a decent living.
I finally got fed up with Blogger’s limitations, especially when it comes to templates, and the annoying way it has of placing photos within each post. I had to go back and re-format nearly all of the 877 posts after I imported them to WordPress–which sucked, and took forever–so while I was back there I also added categories. I didn’t bother with the first year, because nobody read this and the photography is abhorrent. There are a few good posts back in there, but it’s safe to say that I’m a much better cook, writer, and photographer (and with a decent camera now) than I was when I started this.
There’s a kiln cooling down as I write this, and tomorrow I’ll go unstack it and bring home the latest pieces, but in the meantime here’s one from the last firing (though it’s actually back in this one with another layer of glaze on it to get better opacity and color saturation). In it is a salad of our very own yellow brandywine tomatoes, tossed with nothing more than pesto whisked with a little extra olive oil and a drop of the monk’s raspberry vinegar. It’s raining hard right now, for the second day in a row, and the garden is visibly turgid with excitement, putting on a growth spurt so all of my late plantings can get big before the frost shuts it all down. I canned a ton of tomato sauce, so these late arrivals just get eaten super simply–as salsas, quick sauces, sliced and salted, or like this. This year has been wonderful, weather-wise; winter lasted exactly three months, and spring and summer were both splendid, though it’s been pretty dry lately. With the expansion fully finished, I’m optimistic that next year will be the one in which I have a garden that looks the way I’ve wanted for so long.
And at least now I have the blog to match. Thanks for reading.