Chicken Pot Pie

One of my continuing goals is to extend and diversify my pantry and get better at preparing everyday meals from my food storage supply. I want to get well past rice and beans. Last night I made chicken pot pie and was really pleased with the results. I reached in to my stash of home … Continue reading Chicken Pot Pie

A Dry Run

Last week I entertained friends from Ohio here in Northern California. The house itself is small and unremarkable, but the land and location are pretty sweet. The property is currently in between tenants so I’m busy cleaning, painting, and gardening while my guests are out exploring the countryside. My invitation to them was part of … Continue reading A Dry Run

Re-Skilling

Here’s my new pressure canner. This particular model can hold 19 pint jars or 14 quart jars at a time. I took one look at it and named it Hilda after my great aunt from the Polish Jewish side of the family. She’s a kind generously proportioned woman with an ample bosom who’s still going … Continue reading Re-Skilling

How to Ride the Slide: NERTs Don’t Get Hurt

I just attended the final session of NERT training. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team program was created by the city of San Francisco to help people become more prepared for the kinds of disaster situations that are likely to overwhelm professional first responders. If the general population is more educated and equipped to deal with foreseeable challenges … Continue reading How to Ride the Slide: NERTs Don’t Get Hurt