The Reluctant Blogger


Week 12: Breakfast for dinner
February 20, 2012, 8:35 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dairy-free, Dark Days, Vegetarian

Purple hashbrowns, sunnyside up eggs, and not local Dave’s Killer Bread was as local as dinner got this week. We’re still working on cleaning out the freezer, and this bread had been languishing in the back of the freezer for…well, a while. The potatoes came from Full Circle, and the eggs from Mountain View Farm. Not the world’s most exciting dinner, but it will have to do.

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Dark Days Week 4: Christmas Waffles
December 19, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days, Holidays

It’s beginning to appear that I’m mailing it in for Dark Days this year, just repeating all of last year’s meals. This time, waffles (previously seen here), and I didn’t get quite as local as last time. Perhaps next week will be both a bit more creative and entirely local… Continue reading



Dark Days Week 17: Waffles
April 4, 2011, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days

I’ve noted before that we don’t eat breakfast all that often, though the fact that fully one quarter of my Dark Days posts have been breakfast foods is making me something of a liar. Well, here’s another breakfast post from the girl who doesn’t eat breakfast, though to be fair we did eat this for dinner – something that never would have flown in my childhood home with a breakfast-as-dinner hating father, but happily is completely acceptable in my home. Waffles. Continue reading



Dark Days Week 15: Raspberry Streusel Muffins
March 15, 2011, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days

A weekend houseguest meant my usual weekend morning routine (drink [too much] tea all morning and then eat something – often odd – around the lunch hour) was happily pushed off course for a day. After a big dinner the night before, I didn’t think we’d be hungry for a substantial breakfast; but coffee and muffins seemed like it would be just enough. Continue reading



Dark Days Week 10: Ricotta
February 13, 2011, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days, Pasta, Vegetarian

Two Dark Days meals this weekend, both involving homemade ricotta. I have made ricotta in the past, but added it to my list of things to do before I turn 30 because there were a few recipes in particular that I really wanted to make with homemade ricotta. It really couldn’t be much simpler – some whole milk, sea salt, and lemon juice. Continue reading



Dark Days Week 8: Huevos Rancheros
January 30, 2011, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dairy-free, Dark Days, Vegetarian

Last week, I booked a last minute trip to San Francisco. I took a nearly-empty suitcase with me, knowing I’d have a hard time resisting avocados and lemons from my aunt’s tree and the many edible temptations from the Ferry Plaza farmers’ market. While my primary reason for making the trip was to spend some time with my best friend and my aunt and uncle, I knew it would be nice to have a couple of days in a place where more things are growing than are available in Washington right now. As an added bonus, it was absolutely gorgeous while I was there –  as in high-60s-and-completely-clear-skies gorgeous. And as it turned out, it was good I had plenty of space in my bag. Continue reading



Dark Days Week 7: Hashbrowns, Eggs and Toast
January 28, 2011, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days

A quick and easy meal this week: Sunday brunch, which we don’t do often enough. Neither of us are big on breakfast, but we both like breakfast foods so breakfast meals make an occasional appearance at dinner (particularly during really busy weeks). It’s quite nice to sit down for Sunday brunch once in a while. We really should do it more often.

Sources for this week’s meal:
Homemade butter from Fresh Breeze Dairy (Lynden, WA) heavy cream
Eggs – Mountain View Farm, Belfair, WA
Red potatoes – Full Circle Farm, Carnation, WA
Homemade bread (whey from butter making, honey and flour from MT by way of my parents, non-local yeast and salt)
Exceptions: Salt and pepper, yeast