Morning, everyone! Ready for another post? I’m adjusting to regular posting again. It feels so good. Last night, to celebrate and because cool weather is settling in, I made sticky buns and sweet potato kale hash from Tanya Holland’s soul fulfilling Brown Sugar Kitchen cookbook.
A couple weeks ago I spent a few days in San Francisco, taking daily walks through places like the Presidio and checking out the goods at the Ferry Street Building. I went to Omnivore Books (bookstores and libraries are musts for me when visiting a place) and that’s where I saw the BSK cookbook and learned about Holland’s famous chicken and waffles. A couple days later I ate at said place, but ordered the BBQ Shrimp & Grits with a biscuit (topped with homemade pineapple jam). Quick note – the best food in San Francisco seems to be in Oakland and that jam is a MUST!!
Since I have not been blogging, I have been doing a million and one other things: freelance writing work, beekeeping, backyard chicken rearing, and preparing for a sort of secretive, potentially life changing thing I’m doing in the next few weeks. (no, not getting married or adopting or anything medical). More on that secret thing in a few weeks.
Fall is arriving like an old friend one hopes will stay for weeks not days. With whispers of colorful leaves falling slowly to the ground and cool windy kisses at night that have you shutting the windows…This is the season when I eat more apples and just about anything pumpkin related, wrap myself in blanket on the sofa in front of football or baseball (the latter is something I’m getting back into), soak in the bath, and drink mugs of tea.
Before the morning gets away from me, I wanted to share with you a few links to stories I did while not blogging.
A profile of Long Grain restaurant in Camden, Maine for Maine Farmland Trust’s first annual magazine.
Q&A w/ Joe Conway, author Get Back Stay Back: 2nd Generation Back-to-the-Landers in Maine
Gourmet Doughnut Food Truck in Portland, Maine
Q&A With Diana Yen, Author of A Simple Feast (including a recipe for Raspberry Eton Mess)
Special Surfer Nights in Kennebunk, Maine
Hop Farming in Maine
Potluck Parties and a Q&A with Author Ashley English
Q&A with Kate McCarty for her book Portland Food: the Culinary Capital of Maine
Growing Soybeans in Northern Maine
A Report on Climate Change and Flooding in the Northeastern U.S.
Borlaug Institute Program Offers Optimism and Stability in Democratic Republic of Congo
Cocoa Is Playing a Positive Role in the Democratic Republic of Congo (IMAGE above provided by Theo Chocolate)
and then I am also wrapping up my Portland Press Herald/Maine Today blog “The Root”