One Local Summer 2015 – Week 16

PASTA!  One of my favorites.  We had a few leftover jalapenos from prior dinners and husband thought, hey, jalapeno pasta!  I thought hey, that sounds like a fun thing, until I realized, later, that when you puree jalapenos, you basically make liquid pepper spray and aerosolize a little bit of it into the air when using the stick blender.  Suddenly, it was not such a fun thing.  However, already having the jalapeno puree in progress, I soldiered on and finished the pasta which did lend a nice spice to the dinner.  Not something I’d do again (I learned my lesson the hard way).  The sauce was made from local tomatoes in a gigantic batch along with peppers and onions.  The plate was completed with pork Italian sausage.  It’s a pretty basic, classic sort of meal, but this is comfort food to me, coming from an Italian background.  Add that now almost mandatory tomatoes and cucumbers salad and a glass of wine and that’s a meal!

Tomatoes – Full Circle CSA
Cucumber – My Garden
Flour – Mill at Anslema, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Jalapenos – Charlestown Farm
Tomatoes – Clover Hill Farm
Peppers – Clover Hill Farm
Onions – Clover Hill Farm
Wine – Chaddsford Winery, Proprietors Reserve
Non Local – homemade vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil

One Local Summer 2015 – Week 15

Another backlog entry – this was photographed August 5th, almost a month ago!  Bad Blogger!  Catching up though, slowly but surely, even if some of the details of these catch-up posts have gone missing from my brain.  Perfect to follow the breakfast crepes tacos are actual tacos with home-made flour tortillas.  Clearly I need a little more experience making flour tortillas before I’d do this for a meal made for anyone else other than me and the husband – most of them came out oddly misshapen, sticky, and weird, but, they fit the bill regardless of appearance.  On the side are a summer favorite, corn fritters, and to top everything off, yet another cucumber and tomato salad.  There’s a glass of wine there too, but neither of us can remember which wine it is and I neglected to get a photo that included the bottle (oops).  Thinking back, it may actually be a glass of our homemade cider using apples from my grandparents’ house out in central Pennsylvania.  Regardless, the whole lot disappeared quickly and was delicious.

Flour – Mill at Anslema, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Cheese – Birchrun Hills, Equinox
Ground Pork – Countrytime Farm
Jalapenos – Charlestown Farm
Onions – Clover Hill Farm
Corn – Clover Hill Farm
Cucumber – Full Circle CSA
Tomatoes – Full Circle CSA
Eggs – M&M Creek Valley Farm
Non Local – Taco seasoning, salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar

One Local Summer 2015 – Week 14

Husband returned home again and as his first act of One Local Summer head chef, he made a quick breakfast.  Let’s be honest, most of these meals are a little team effort, but I usually play sous chef to his ideas, chopping and prepping ingredients for him to work his magic.  Well, I happened to have a few crepes left over from the last meal, so he quickly turned those into chorizo, egg, and cheese crepes (though, overstuffed like that, really tacos more than anything else!).  We also had a bunch of pink potatoes which made the oddly colored hash brows on the side.  Our grape harvest was just starting to come in from the vines in the back yard, so we included a few bunches of those along with a big cup of cold brewed coffee, my newest obsession.  Sadly, the coffee isn’t local, but as a caffeine addict, I can’t function without it.  Fairly simple, but filling and mighty delicious – a great way to start a One Local Day!

Flour – Mill at Anslema, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Milk – Shellbark Hollow
Butter – Handmade by Abby
Smoked Chorizo – Countrytime Farm
Eggs – M&M Creek Valley Farm
Cheese – Birchrun Hills, Blue Cheese
Potatoes – Charlestown Farm
Grapes – Our Garden
Non Local – Coffee, salt, pepper, olive oil

Sepia Saturday 294: Travel, Overcrowding, Blankets

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I showed up for the voyage on time this week for Sepia Saturday!  Yet again this week, when I saw the preview image a few weeks in advance, I had no idea what photo to use.  Thankfully that new acquisition of family photos from my husband’s family yielded this amazing find which fits in fairly well.  This appears to be a photo of Hilje (Dijkema) Jaarsma and a class of some sort.  The back is labelled, “Knapen en Meisjes ver:, 27,” which translates to, “Boys and girls far: 27.”  The 27 doesn’t seem to mean 1927, unless of course it’s a 21 and then it’s 1921 which fits better since Hilje was born in 1914 and would have been 7 in 1921 and better matches the ages of the children in the photo.  The little “X” on the photo marks where Hilje was sitting and is directly over her head.  Also included in the box was her report card book (Rapportenboekje) which shows that in 1922, she attended some sort of Christian School (probably around Groningen, though the exact school isn’t listed on the card).  It starts with the first grades on 24 January 1922 and goes through 24 December 1926.  Family history says that she only attended about 5 years of school so that lines up rather nicely!  I know that Hilje’s father, Hendrik Dijkema, was a turfschipper (so hard to translate to English – it’s something like “peat boatman” which is a person who sold peat fuel logs from a barge type boat).  I wonder if perhaps this was the school bus for children of other families in the shipping industry.  Northern Holland, around Groningen, is full of canals, and it’s entirely possible that this was her first-day-of-school photo as they were going off to the school house on their “school bus.”  The ages of the children vary – from some that look to be in their early teens to younger children who look to be about 5 or 6.  The only solid piece of data I have is that Radio Foto in Paterswolde took the photo!  It’s another treasure though for sure, and I’m glad to have it travel through the internet for you to view!

Sepia Saturday 293: Cafe, Shopping, Canteen

Just when I thought I’d have absolutely nothing for this week’s Sepia Saturday theme, I ended up with two photos to fit perfectly.  My husband’s parents recently moved and cleaned out the home they’d lived in for almost 40 years.  During the course of cleaning, they found boxes of old photos that were saved when my husband’s grandparents died.  I remember his father telling us that my husband’s grandmother had been sent away when she had tuberculosis which also ended her engagement to an unknown man.  At the end of her treatment, she met and married my husband’s grandfather and the rest is history!  Hilje Dijkema and Doede Jaarsma were married in 1941, and if I remember correctly, family history tells me that she was in the hospital somewhere around 5 years which would make her intake about 1936 at age 22.  The numbers line up pretty well if you consider she would’ve been newly engaged when she went into the Sanatorium.  Well, when the box of photos came home and I started going through them, I was excited to see there were photos of what looked like her time spent in the Sanatorium, however with no names or dates or anything on the backs.  A few featured the front of the building and after a little googling, I found that it must have been the Sanatorium Sonnevanck in Harderwijk, Netherlands.  The Sanatoriums were split up by religion, so it also clued me in that Hilje and her family were of the Reformed religion (Gereformeerde).  There are just two little photo booklets that show her life inside the Sanatorium, but they’re a precious glimpse into what was undoubtedly a difficult time.  However, even while recovering from TB, she clearly had made friends and they managed to have a little fun from time to time.  In the above photo, Hilje is on the far right with the “x” in the border of the photo.  They appear to be having a meal together and paused for a group photo.

In another photo, the group of ladies appear to be having tea together.  Hilje is fourth from the right in the front row, seated.  Here you can see some of the ladies are in robes while others are dressed or in coats, presumably having come in from being out in the sun and open air.  Hilje apparently lived in Pavilion III which was demolished sometime in the 1970s.  Parts of Sonnevanck are still standing though and are used as a nursing home.  It’s really neat to see these snippets of her daily life while so far away from home and family and I’m SO glad someone saw fit to hang on to them for so many years.  My apologies for showing up late to dinner this week, but I’m catching up this week, I swear!