{my culinary adventure} Conquering Baked Alaska

I have always wanted to make Baked Alaska. I’ve always been fascinated by the name and the combination of hot and cold. The new year seems like a good time to tackle new projects, so I rounded up some people to help me eat it. I got the recipe from The New York Times Essential…

{reflections on a new year} Looking Forward & Back

Just before Christmas I went to go visit my dad in Santa Fe. I hadn’t been to “The City Different” in sixteen years, which is now half of my life. When I lived there as a kid I took it for granted. It has a very slow pace, which I appreciate as an adult, but…

Hello to my New Digs {and saying goodbye to the old ones}

:: My girls on a fall day, loving our backyard :: It’s here. Moving Day. As you read this, I’m watching four super-strong men load all of my worldly possessions into a moving truck. I’m selling my house today, and tomorrow I’m buying a different one. My new house isn’t too far away – two towns…

{the new year} All Good Bakers’ Full Plates

2011 was a year of amazing growth for me personally and for the tiny bakery my husband and I opened in April of this year. After 25 years of working in restaurants (full and part-time; mostly on, sometimes off), I’m learning how to manage our very own bakery/café – not an insignificant challenge for someone…

{the new year} A New Garden

{Our main garden in quiet rest} After the big fall harvest my garden, my husband, and I am ready for a break. We begin to put most all things outdoors to rest, batten down the hatches, and embrace winter. Our minds take a respite during the month of November and December from gardening but once…

{4 saturdays, 4 giveaways} All About Braising

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT JANUARY 27th, 2012. FIND THE WINNERS HERE. -Christina   Ohhhhhhhhhhhh….Do I love this book! I’m going to leave this book review short & sweet. I promise. Molly Steven’s All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking is one of my kitchen bibles, along with How to Cook Everything,…

{the new year} clean, fresh and growing

Although it was a good year, 2011 went by in a bit of a blur for me. This year, I am hoping for a more manageable pace that will support a healthier, more peaceful year for my family. I don’t usually set goals each new year, or make resolutions, but I came up with a…

{the new year} Be More Mindful

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty. – John Selden I have always believed that once you put your intentions out in the world, you are twice as responsible for making them fruitful. And because of this, perhaps they are more likely to. Whether through cosmic intervention or personal obligation,…

{the new year} Baking for the Neighborhood

2011 was the year of food, for me. Food blogging, food swapping, exploring food preservation methods and diving into the world of acquiring local foods. It was during 2011 that I stumbled upon the FSC food swaps and found a place among kindred spirits. 2011 was also a year of hardship: my mom was diagnosed…

{the new year} Fasting

Editor’s Note: This is our second week of reflective posts contemplating the start of a new year. We are putting these lists, reflections and helpful links out onto the interwebs to keep ourselves accountable and hopefully, to inspire your food/gardening/homesteady-related antics in 2012. Take it away Dianna! -Christina My New Year’s resolution is to fast…

{the new year} New Beginnings are Lovely

I’ve moved a lot in my life and although it can be scary and stressful it also means a fresh start. That’s how I feel at the beginning of each new year. There are always a lot of unknowns but the simple fact of it being fresh and new makes it seem like there’s a…

{the new year} condiments & small dinner parties

Editor’s Introductory Note: With this post we are officially back from our blogcation. Its good to be back. For the next two weeks, each one of us will share some food, garden or homesteading projects we want to undertake in 2012; whether it be growing a brand new crop, reading a few food policy related…

{winter projects 2012} A Compost Pile

Editor’s Note: Our last installment of “new to us” posts from the personal blogs of FSC Contributors is a lovely piece from Jillian. She writes an extremely reflective blog about family life on Everyday Life for Four Seasons. This post was originally published on January 16, 2010. On a related note, if anyone is moving…

{winter projects 2012} Fancy Hi Hat Cupcakes

Editor’s Note: Selifishly, I’m really excited about this post. Miles’ 3rd birthday is Monday and I plan on making him some special cupcakes to share at school… and these are the ones! Hi Hat Cupcakes- nope, I’ve never heard of them either but they look amazing and Becky’s description of them makes me wish a…