Apron Stringz is two years old! Over that time, the content has grown like a nursing baby with knee dimples. While much of what I write is just day-to-day flotsam, I do sometimes crank out a useful and, I feel, enduring post. And I hate that blogs (at least, free ones like mine) don’t support any decent kind of index for these posts. Blogs are ephemeral, meant to be enjoyed hot off the presses, I guess. But it bugs me to no end that our hard work, one week after publishing is more or less lost to the world.
So here is a directory of posts on the wide subject of food. These are all posts with a more practical edge, those that you might reference. There’s an equal number of my more journal-style posts which I have left out, particularly on the subject of gardening. They make an interesting read if you like that sort of thing (and if you read this blog, you probably do) but seemed less in need of reference-able indexing. If you’re going for the journal aspect, try the archives. A few brave souls have apparently read start to finish.
How to Make Home Cooking Work:
Not Menu Planners — solace for the rest of us
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen — summer cooking
Cast Iron for the Rest of Us — taking care of your pans
Sourcing Good Groceries:
A Trip to the Grocery Store — peeping Tom my cart!
Home Food Production:
Planning an Efficient Garden — it’s all about follow-through
Just Wing It — build a half-assed coop and get by, if you need to
Preserving Local Bounties:
Bringing Home the Basil — how to make, store and use pesto
Monastery Marmalade — scavenged fruit and citrus pectin
Marmalade Redooo — note to self: it is entirely possible to make too much marmalade
Bread Evangelizing — the perfect cherry-popper bread recipe
Sprouted Wheat Bread: an exploration
Homemade Grape-Nuts — they’re just caramelized bread crumbs!
Grrr-nola: Make Your Own Breakfast Cereal and Stick it to Kellog Corp (from the old blog)
Anything But the Kitchen Sink — leftover granola muffins
If You Can’t Beet ‘Em — pink pancakes win major mama points
Food to Go (a well packed snack bag = less emergency food purchases)
Surprising Kid Snacks — no recipe, just a plug for seaweed
It’s What’s Fer Dinner — favorite quick meals
Baking Bonanza — home cooking in the real world, plus a recipe for easy lasagne
Good News For Half Beer Lovers — meat and/or mushroom carbonade
Dinner Deconstructed: Ground Meat Patties, Brown Rice and Glazed Carrots — thorough instructions for beginner cooks
What to Feed Kids When You Really Need Them to Eat — at our house it’s macaroni and cheese’n’fish’n’peas
Sunday Dinner Any Day of the Week — pot roast your local grass fed carbon-neutral meat to melt-in-your-mouth perfection
Value Menu: Whole Chicken — get the most out of your $4/lb farmer’s market bird
Chicken an’ Bisket — my favorite roast chicken and what to do with the leftovers
Of Stock and Bullion (from the old blog)
Making Your Own “Canned” Soups (also the old blog)
Leftover Queen — savory vegetable pie
Dessert (which is to say mostly chocolate)
Chocolate: Cures What Ails Ya — the easiest way to stretch $9+/lb fair trade chocolate chips
HOT Hot Chocolate — turn your thermostat down 5 degrees and whip up a batch!
Holiday Baking Party — German Christmas bread and super easy truffles
Food Recycling: Lickety Split Leftover Apple Pie — with the easiest ever pie crust
Flaky Whole Wheat Pie Crust — not the easiest, but so good
Do let me know if you find this index useful, it will help motivate me to keep it updated!