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April F.
Frederick, Maryland
I cook and write about mostly healthy things, with the occasional (and usually outrageously indulgent) treat.
Interests: running, cooking, reading, biking
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I have worked at two food banks and can confirm that they are among the most frugal charities out there. They will take your donation--food or money--and stretch it as far as possible to feed the most people. Food banks provide food to dozens, and sometimes hundreds of soup kitchens and food pantries in the areas they serve. Both food banks I worked for were in the Feeding America network (Orlando and Atlanta) and both are run by some of the best, most selfless people I have ever met. Sadly, demand for food bank services is rising, and many times the people who need help have jobs. They just don't earn enough to make ends meet. If you have the time or money to give, food banks are a great way to help.
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Yes, it's been a while. Please choose the excuse you like best for why I haven't posted lately: A) I was stamping out a zucchini rebellion in the crisper. The squash were winning. B) I was OBE. I think this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at 1000 pizza doughs
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There is a certain calm in winter. Barren trees paint a bleak landscape, but upon closer examination, life still abounds. Songbirds, gray as the trees, flit despite January’s frozen kiss. Grasses, faded and brown, lay resting, rebuilding for their spring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at 1000 pizza doughs
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Warning: These are addictive. Proceed at your own risk. This post is for Karen. As I was snacking on these at work, I tweeted about it and she asked for the recipe. I can't take credit for the idea. My... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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I am going to confirm what some of you have suspected for years: I think I might be just a little bit crazy. Here's proof. I am about to profess my undying love for a pot. No, not Prop 19... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
I believe in karma. Or as a friend used to say "what goes around comes around." Little things can make a big difference. Listen to NPR? Give to their pledge drive. Have a food drive at the office? Bring some cans. Know how to cook a weird vegetable? Help a friend (online or otherwise) learn how to enjoy it as well.
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As much as I love CSA, and the weekly infusion of farm-fresh seasonal local produce, there's a point where it just gets exhausting. I started a veggie board to remind me what I had on hand, to keep my impulse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
Mystery solved! Thanks to Michelle (AKA @eatniks), we now know that they are Gooseneck barnacles! As for how one would cook a barnacle, well, let's leave that for another day, shall we? (A day really, really, really far from now.) Thanks for the kind words Jess - coming from you "great photos" means a lot. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2010 on Foodie Heaven: La Boqueria at 1000 pizza doughs
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On summer weekends, you can usually find me wandering around at a farmer's market, or riding my bike and thinking about what I'll buy later at the market. So when we went to Barcelona (part of this epic adventure), I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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You haven't heard from me for a while because we decided to take an unplugged vacation (although I did catch my husband trying to get on the wi-fi from his phone in a few places). Destination: a Disney cruise to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
Wish I could claim credit for the veggie board idea. Mine tells me today it looks like a good time to make some soup! I ordered the stick-on chalkboards that the BittenWord guys recommended from Amazon, and so far am pleased. Nothing else (no magnets) will stick to the front of my fridge.
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The challenge started on a weekend, when I was in my cooking groove. Not rushed at all. I was calm and relaxed and made it to not one but two farmer's markets over the weekend. I was ready. Then Monday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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Blackberries have always been and will always be my favorite taste of summer, probably because they were such a big part of my childhood. But I've come to love blueberries too. And though I'd like to say I did something... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
April F. is now following Laurie Luck
Jul 16, 2010
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Whew! Thought I missed it there for a minute. I stopped by the Common Market after work because I am addicted to their carrot cake needed to buy a few assorted items. Bless them, they had clearly labeled Buy Local... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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During CSA season, I write the weekly newsletter for the Summer Creek Farm CSA in Frederick, Maryland. Since a few people have mentioned that they've come to the blog looking for the recipes I tweeted about, here's a recap of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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I've been pondering today. And picking lettuces - my first harvest! So, when does one officially become a gardener? Is it when you: Buy a basil plant at the supermarket instead of cut herbs? Grow a few herbs in pots... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
Thanks Erika - I thought the beetle bags seemed to just attract more beetles too, but haven't tried much else. They weren't too bad last year (maybe something with the weather?), but I think they like the heat, so they're likely to be back in droves this year. The garlic scape pesto recipe I posted on Twitter was part of the CSA newsletter I write each week for Summer Creek Farm. Here's a link that week's e-mail (feel free to subscribe - all are welcome, even if you aren't a member of our CSA). http://eepurl.com/zlBP
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2010 on Garden Check-In at 1000 pizza doughs
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When I wrote the first post about my rookie garden, I didn't really believe it would actually grow. I wanted to believe, but having killed too many houseplants, I was lacking a certain confidence. Now, look at it! Yes, there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
I planted mostly lettuces (the cut and come again type), a few kinds of tomatoes and peppers, scallions, spinach, radishes and a couple eggplants. Only some annual herbs are in there (parsley, basil, dill, lavendar) - my perennials are in pots, as are the beans and cucumbers. Having killed many a houseplant, I am a bit nervous about this, but it's fun so far.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2010 on A Rookie's Garden at 1000 pizza doughs
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Oh the possibilities. I've dreamed for years of having a vegetable garden, but with a backyard roughly the size of a large quilt, it just didn't seem feasible. So I've kept herbs in pots, and have gradually accumulated quite a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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Where have I been lately? Training for this triathlon (coming up in 3 weeks - someone shoot me now), and obsessing over my new pet project, a garden! I have high hopes that my raised bed garden will look something... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
Oooh... a truffle making food/cookbook swap tweetup?!?!?! :D
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2010 on The Truffle Shuffle - Part 2 at 1000 pizza doughs
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Or alternatively, "If I keep this up, I'm going to need stretchy pants." (See Part 1 here.) Finally got to enjoy the long-awaited Valentine's truffle class at The Kitchen Studio. (Yes, it's March. But remember the Snowpocalypse? Class was initially... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at 1000 pizza doughs
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Mar 15, 2010