Friday, May 14, 2010

in my kitchen...


There is always something happening in our kitchen. Something fermenting or rising or culturing, dehydrating or stewing. With so much available to us here in southern Wisconsin (and in our garden) we make many things from scratch...I just love making my own yogurt, butter, kombucha, bread, or vanilla extract and growing trays of greens and herbs. There is something deeply satisfying about spreading homemade butter or jam on a piece of fresh out of the oven bread. And the process of making each thing is very meditative for me - I love it. I need it.







This week we have a lot happening as we grow through spring - I feel so good when we have a pantry full of delicious things we have canned, and I feel downright prosperous seeing a counter full of goodness in the works. This week we had rhubarb and the canning jars above are the top of the top...ginger rhubarb fridge jam. Oh yes, it.is.GOOD!


So - what is happening in your kitchen this week? What is in season where you live?


(top to bottom:: rhubarb, butter, vanilla extract, watercress, mixed greens, kefir, jam, kombucha)

11 comments:

Lise said...

What wonderful pictures; I'd love to hang out in your kitchen! Would you be willing to share your jam recipe?

Latisha said...

oh my oh. yum. makes my basil syrup pale in comparison.

Pampered Mom said...

Oddly enough it's been bread both of the yeast and quick variety!

Jodi Anderson said...

I love seeing what is going on in others' kitchens.

I'm on a rhubarb kick and am about to make my first rhubarb crisp. After that, we'd like to try rhubarb soda.

Have a great weekend.

Berlinswhimsy said...

I commented over on Flickr because I recognized the Kombucha. I am in the process of making my own (waiting for a "Baby"). I love the Kombucha a local business produces and I want to make my own----I'm both excited and leery! If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them! :-)

Berlinswhimsy said...

I commented over on Flickr, too. I recognized the Kombucha brewing. I am in the process of making my own--- I'm waiting for a donor 'Mother.' I love the Kombucha I buy from a local business and I'd love to make my own. I'm both excited and leery! Any tips for me? :-)

Stephanie said...

Dirt!! Dirt is in season.
And lilacs. (for a couple more days, anyway.)
And rain.
And... soon poppies and peonies.
And the lemonbalm is looking gorgeous. :)

Theresa said...

What an inspiration. I'll bet these all taste so amazing.

Tara said...

What a bounty of deliciousness !!!

Not much "in season" here yet - you can still buy fiddleheads though!

Francesca said...

Your kitchen must be a lovely and lively place to be. I've never tried fermenting, but I'd love to.

Sam said...

What a paradise your kitchen is! I would love to just sit in it and take in all the wonderful hand made/grown things!