Winter squash & black beluga lentils make some fine Halloween veggie burgers

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I’m not going to wax poetic about these veggie burgers.  I’ll let them speak for themselves.  But I WILL say that you ought to give them a try.  I really dressed mine up with the chipotle & dried cranberry coleslaw I made to go with them, as well as some dill pickle, Swiss chard or beet greens, fresh tomato slices and some candied jalapenos (they are so good!) that my friend made this summer.  I’ll post the recipe soon!  Til then, here’s a crazy Halloween video, with plenty of outakes at the end, on how to make the burgers and slaw.

CSA week 1: baby bok choy potstickers

The first CSA pick up was yesterday, and as promised, I created a video to demonstrate a way to cook up your shares.  I used 5 of the 7 items in our share (I was so hungry after I finished making the celeriac chips that I forgot to use the mixed greens –oops!).  Not a bad way to start of the season.  Enjoy your share and thanks for choosing to eat locally!  I’ll post the recipe later this week here.

Doggy birthday cake

MaeBelle is turning 12 this week!  To celebrate, today we made a birthday cake using sweet potatoes, applesauce, carrots, and peanut butter.  It was a hit!  If you want a printable version of the recipe, it’s here.  And of course, my goofy video showing how we made it today–it was an experiment in-the-making!

Exciting things in Urban Farmgal’s future!

I’m getting a new camera!

Why is this news, you might wonder?  Well, I’m getting a digital SLR camera so I can get my photography on–in the garden, in the kitchen, and in the great outdoors.  And…more importantly, I’m gearing up to make some cooking videos this summer using my weekly CSA shares.  All too often our members ask questions like “What is this vegetable?  How do you use it/cook with it/ eat it?”

URBAN FARMGAL TO THE RESCUE!! (That is meant to be a little cheeky.)

And a video blog will soon be born.  It’s like I’m pregnant with this idea and will be giving birth to the real deal later this spring–and I’m soooooo excited!  I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, but I’ve been putting off purchasing a camera as long as I possibly could.  I just couldn’t justify the expense and the indulgence of a brand new fancy-schmancy camera until now.  Now I have an outlet for some creative endeavors (i.e., cooking vids) that will result from this new purchase.  The time seemed right and I’ve been researching the ever living crap out of digital SLR cameras.  The technology is mind-boggling to a gal who last used a camera with interchangeable lenses in the 1990s. (Does that make me sound old? *Sigh*   So be it.)

So be on the lookout for my little videos later this spring.  I’ll probably try out a few before the CSA begins so I can get a little practice under my belt and tidy up some of the little details that I probably won’t consider until in front of the camera.  One of those practice videos just might be this carrot cake I made for my stepdaughter’s birthday this week:

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In case you are wondering, those are hazelnuts topping the cream cheese frosting.  I didn’t have any pecans or walnuts, which is what I normally use in carrot cake.  So I made the substitution and had this revelation: this might be the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten in my life.  And I’ve eaten a lot of carrot cake.

Also, earlier this week I sold my first knitted bag!  I’m so excited.  This is the first bag I knit specifically to sell through Urban Farmgal and I sold it to someone at the gym.  She had commented on it while I was knitting it, and every time I saw her she mentioned the bag.  This week we finally made the sale!  I am currently in process of knitting a hat for another gym member.   Usually this time of year I begin to slow down in the knitting department because I’m spending more time in the garden–I’m not sure that’s going to happen this year.  I might even end up teaching some knitting classes this summer.

For now, the focus is the garden and securing a camera and lavalier mic for making food videos!  And making another carrot cake this weekend.  That tops my to-do list.