Thanks Aunt Bettye! Unboxing my new Instant Pot 

We have an Instant Pot. It’s a wedding gift from my godmother, Aunt Bettye. At this moment I’m smelling black bean soup I made in 15 minutes. Two weeks ago I made an “unboxing” video, which is a thing. Can’t wait to try this amazing-smelling soup. I’ll tell you how it turned out.

First the unboxing video

That salad spinner, tho!

Only I would geek out about receiving a new salad spinner! Admittedly, I had never used one before . Old-fashioned I guess is the only reason why. When I picked up my Sow Much Good CSA allotment today, I received one. My volunteer was so enthusiastic about it, she really encouraged me to give it a try, so I did…and was I impressed! In this video, I’m just getting started. More to

come.
Getting ready to use my salad spinner!

It’s Veggie time!

Picked up week 1 of vegetables from my #SowMuchGood CSA. My second season as a Farm Fresh to Go CSA member starts NOW!

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Video of vegetable excitement!

My current (yummy) lunch situation. Thank you @thefoodbabe

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My current lunch situation: Open face soft taco with “meat,” salsa and avocado.

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“Meat” recipe courtesy of Food Babe. Secret: it’s made with cauliflower and lentils! Food Babe’s delicious taco meatless recipe.

Soup for now and later

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Made a huge pot of 3-bean vegetable soup. My secret: strain, portion and freeze the broth from a pot of beans and save for later.

Also, less than energetic romaine lettuce makes a delicious broth with onions, garlic and other spices.

Strain, discard/compost the solids and use the broth as a base for soup.

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I now have two quart jars to nibble on this week, 3 pint-sized bags to freeze, half a pint for a snack today and 1 pint to share with some lucky soul.

30 Sunday Suppers-Introduction

I went home to Florence last week to visit my mom. Before heading back to Charlotte on Sunday, Mom, Robert and I went to visit my cousins, Isaiah and Martha Ann Harley. We had a great time talking and catching up, as I hadn’t seen them for quite a while. As we finally got up to leave, Martha Ann offered us some food to take with us. I declined, but Robert said yes. Not only did she have enough, she also handed out styrofoam to-go containers!

There is something comforting about being from the South. We believe in providing travelers with a glass of water when they visit and something to take with them for the journey home.

“People are always stopping by,” Martha Ann said. “I like to cook enough.”

Martha Ann’s Sunday supper reminded me of Sunday meals at my grandmother’s. After church, Mom, Allison and I almost always ended up there because we knew Mutti would have dinner prepared with plenty for us all.

I remember her saying that she liked to have everything prepared the night before so she wouldn’t have to “heat up the kitchen” on Sunday. Instead she would “just warm it up.”

When Mutti passed away, we had to do our own Sunday cooking. We rarely if ever prepped the night before and almost always heated up the kitchen on Sunday after church. My sister and I learned to cook that way. I think we’ll always treasure those times. Both time spent at Mutti’s and the cooking we did together after her death.

Now I have my own kitchen and my own life and unfortunately have not made “Sunday Suppers” a priority. The life of a busy single woman with a myriad of interests can get pretty hectic.

Visiting Cousins Martha Ann and Isaiah reminded me of how beautiful that tradition is and how much I’d like to emulate it in my own life. I mean, I like to cook and try new recipes, and it’s not like I don’t have a ton of cookbooks and recipe clippings (both online and in folders) to choose from.

So what’s stopping me? Yes, I am busy at work with new responsibilities and doing more with less. Yes, I teach Creative Writing at the local community college. Yes, I am working on a novel and participating in a critique group. Yes, I am in a new relationship.

Buuut a girl’s gotta eat, right?

Can I do 30 Sunday Suppers? We shall see. It all starts with one.

I created my first video!

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Yes, I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment :-). Making this video about the Ellen Cherry Experience presented by the Assorted Table Wine Shoppe  (located at 7th Street Public Market) was a labor of love because the wine, food and music made for one fantastic evening and I loved it!

For those of you who may not know, my first job out of South Carolina’s journalism school was that of a television reporter for the local affiliate in my hometown. As a General Assignments reporter, I did it all. I shot, wrote and edited all my own stories. In addition to meeting and interviewing all sorts of interesting people, the video-editing part was also a favorite task. These days tools such as Windows Live Movie Maker make video editing so easy. What makes me even happier is that I accomplished this feat without the help of any Apple products!

Since I often take pictures using a photojournalist’s eye, putting together the still photos for the video wasn’t difficult at all. So glad I took that photojournalism class as skills learned there taught me how to look for the story in the shot. (Although all those aperture settings drove me crazy, hee.)

Enjoy the video and tell me what you think! Of course, this was November 2013, not 2014 as my movie title suggests. I’ll make that correction and update the blog later. Journalists hate making errors, Sigh.