All posts for the month November, 2006

great house $329,000

Published November 17, 2006 by lisaolisa
Living in the West, it’s easy to forget how much houses cost somewhere else. Dumpy, small ranches in my neighborhood that need $100,000 makeovers go for $425,000. My sister’s place in Pixburgh has been on the market for ages and is a commanding house on a quarter lot with character, complicated wallpaper, 3 floors and a basement, slate roof, turret, and porch swing.

overwintering dahlias

Published November 16, 2006 by lisaolisa
Ciscoe says: Dig them, dry them upside down to drain the water from the stems. Wash off the soil. Soak the divided tubers in one cup bleach to three gallons water for 15-20 minutes to kill no-goodniks.

Rosemary Red Soup

Published November 6, 2006 by lisaolisa

(Recipe from Feeding the Whole Family by Bastyr University faculty member Cynthia Lair)

This soup is a gorgeous red color with a deep, satisfying taste to match. Because of the combination of legumes and vegetables, all you need is some whole-grain bread and salad to make this into a beautifully balanced meal. Try it with Sweet Squash Corn Muffins and Dark Greens Salad (found in Feeding the Whole Family).

3 medium carrots
2 beets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
1 cup dried red lentils
2 bay leaves
6 cups water or stock
2-3 tablespoons light miso

Scrub and chop carrots and beets. Heat oil in a soup pot; add onion and sauté until soft. Add carrots and beets; sauté a few minutes more. Finely chop rosemary and oregano leaves, if using fresh herbs. Wash and drain lentils. Add herbs, lentils, bay leaves, and water or stock to onion mix; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 40 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Puree soup in blender or processor. Dissolve miso in ½ cup water and add to soup. Gently reheat before serving.

Preparation time: 50 minutes
Makes 6-8 servings