Thursday, December 16, 2010

Garden Update 12/16: WInter Browns (and Greens!)

After a few cold snaps and our first real rainstorms of the season, winter has finally descended on San Francisco. The apple tree is going brown and shedding its last leaves, and the plum is already bare.

The shorter days, grayer weather, and a heavy work schedule have kept me out of the garden, but things are chugging along pretty well on their own. Some plants, the parsley, escarole, etc. love the cooler wetter weather and offer up a bounty, and the cover cropped vegetable beds are settling in nicely.

Of course, my idleness also aids the nasturtiums, the invasive grasses, and that nasty, prickly blackberry that refuses to die in the back corner of the yard. It will be a difficult battle against the weeds this coming spring.

 But for now I'm enjoying the peace and trying to get a little rest and rejuvenation myself.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Writings on the Wall

Bad Granny's Kitchen, Courtesy Ell Brown
Most of our web surfing this week has been devoted to The Cornucopia Project. Check out the 43 entries on Thanksgiving traditions and cooking, from across the United States! But there are a few other sites that we checked out.

Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Dinner:

While our Cornucopia Project members were busy putting together elegant, sumptuous repasts, Tony was hinging out with ... Marky Ramone?

Gifts for Food Personalities:

The Amateur Gourmet put together a very professional "twitter-curated roundup" of gift requests from the cute (a salt pig), to the sublime (oil from your very own olive tree in Italy), to the surprisingly violent (Rachel Ray's head on a silver platter).

The Cornucopia Project

Welcome to our biggest project in the history of this blog! We are proud to unveil - THE CORNUCOPIA PROJECT! We have contacted bloggers across the country to see what people do (or don't do) for Thanksgiving and we couldn't be more proud or happy to share these special celebrations! We have been so overwhelmed and excited to make so many new friends and discover so many new blogs. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring Thanksgiving through the eyes of bloggers across the country.

And, we want to send a special thank you to all of our participants this year - for putting up with head colds, late replies and an extended deadline. We couldn't have done it (literally!) without you. You've welcomed us into your kitchens and homes and introduced us to your families and traditions - truly a sign of the amazing culinary community that that constantly inspires us and warms our hearts. We hope you enjoy!

Discover how our participants rocked Thanksgiving after the jump.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Cornucopia Project: Sniffles

 We had planned to have our secret project up and ready for you all by today, but we've come down with the sniffles! Time for some chicken soup with plenty of onion, ginger, garlic, and leek, and a few days of rest. Check back next week for the big reveal. In the meantime, we're going to have some chicken noodle soup and think of summer.