Butchering

It’s about time that I learn to properly cut up a whole chicken. This is for many reasons. First, I only get whole chickens in my CSA and while I could never tire of a perfectly roasted whole bird, I want to be able to use the CSA stash for something else. Second, it’s economical. Being able to buy a whole bird, take apart the cuts I want, freeze what I don’t, and make broth from the carcass is mecca. And third, I just want to know how and it bothers me terribly that whenever I’ve tried before I’m such a hack.

I’ve watched this Very Helpful Video from Gourmet a couple of times and am now working up the gumption to actually practice on the bird on my counter. Wish me luck.

Next up, fried chicken.

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I try to credit all the photos I post, but I can’t for the life of me remember where I found this. Still, I think it’s worth the tacky, source-free pubish.

A House Like a Ship

I live in a house that’s a ship,
At times on land, at times on ocean.
I will myself into existence,
Surrender, invite grace in.
I heed the call of the siren.
On the phantom ship
I don’t know if I’m wave or cloud,
Undine or seagull.
Whipped by winds, I hang tight to the mast.
Few return from the journey.
I now wear the memory of nothingness,
A piece of white sail wrapped like second skin.

-Hélène Cardona

Woodwork

If I could gather all the sadness of the world,
all the sadness inside me
into a gourd,
I’d shake it once in a while
and let it sing,
let it remind me of who I used to be,
bless it for what it taught me
and stare at it lovingly
for not seeping out of its container.

-Hélène Cardona

Zucchini Bread Recipe

I’ve made no less than 16 loaves of this zucchini bread in the last month, thanks to the gigantic zucchini showing up in my kitchen. I have taken some to friends, my daughters daycare, work, and have several in the freezer. And amazingly … I’m not tired of it at all.

Zucchini Bread
adapted from Blueberry Zucchini Bread recipe on Allrecipes

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup fresh berries, coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, or other optional mix in

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two loaf pans, line with a sling of parchment, and butter again. Really. This is so sticky!

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, applesauce, almond, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the berries or other addition. Transfer to the prepared loaf pans.

Bake 50-60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. Slice and serve!

I think next time I’d like to sub veg or olive oil for half of the applesauce and reduce the sugar to 1 cup of brown sugar. Definitely will sub some of the flour for cocoa at some point. Many possibilities, all delicious.

When I like people immensely …

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I daresay, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one’s life.

-Oscar Wilde