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Last year, Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson spoke at Indiana University. I went with a friend, and I will happily tell our children that seeing both men live and in person will be one of my most treasured memories. Last week, the two men appeared together again in Austin, Texas. Berry has stated repeatedly that he is significantly reducing his speaking engagements, so the chance to hear him speak these days, especially together with Jackson, is an increasingly rare treat. Read summaries of the discussion here, here, and here.


As previously mentioned, my diet over the last several weeks has been less than stellar. Aside from general sleepiness and queasiness, I haven’t had much in the way of cooking or gardening or anything else interesting to talk about in this space.

We had an abundance of farm fresh eggs toward the end of our CSA season, and, fortunately for me, eggs and bacon did still sound somewhat appetizing (the greasier, the better). I ate this for lunch every day for a ridiculous amount of days in a row. This picture was taken with tomatoes, but I would be willing to bet that I sneaked those onto Jasper’s plate if we’re being honest.

This would be a fun weekend breakfast tradition – it is quick and easy, and if Jasper is any indication, the kids think it looks pretty neat.

Eggs in a Hole
Barely adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Farm fresh eggs
Salt and pepper

Use cookie cutter or small glass (I use a shot glass) to cut a small circle or shape out of the bread in the middle of the slice. Put a slab of butter (use your discretion here – in early pregnancy, I was in the more the merrier camp!) on your skillet. Once the butter is melted, put the slice of bread on the skillet in the melted butter. Wait a minute or two and then crack the egg into your “hole” in the bread. Once the white of the egg has set enough for you to flip the bread, flip the bread over to brown the other side. Salt and pepper and then serve. If you have a big enough skillet, you could get several of these going at the same time.

Wendell famously does not own a computer (or a television for that matter). I thought his essay explaining his decision was especially appropriate for this crazy time of the year, especially his “rules” regarding whether or not to embrace some new technology:

1. The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
3. It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces.
4. It should use less energy than the one it replaces.
5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.
6. It should be repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
7. It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.
8. It should come from a small, privately owned shop or store that will take it back for maintenance and repair.
9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes family and community relationships.

Read the whole thing.


I’ve always loved fresh herbs. My favorite scent for as long as I can remember is fresh rosemary. My mom could get it to come back in the garden every spring. I’ve only done so successfully once, but I keep trying. Rosemary does great inside. I just picked up a cute little rosemary plant in the shape of a Christmas tree, and looking at it makes my day.

Fresh herbs are one of those easy secrets to really great meals. I made a pork roast last night…all I did was sear the pork and then throw it along with some onions, carrots, garlic and fresh thyme, oregano, and red wine in the crock pot. The meal takes all of about three minutes, and Grant talks about it for days. I’m sure the pasture-raised pork doesn’t hurt, but I think the fresh herbs really take the meal over the top. So do yourself a favor and try some of these herbs that do well indoors this winter.

I took a little vacation from this space, but I had a good reason. We’re expecting baby number two next spring, and I have been feeling mostly terrible. I haven’t even wanted to look at vegetables, let alone cook them. I’m feeling a wee bit better, and I miss writing and sharing here. I can’t promise resumption of normal blogging since it is the holiday season and all, but I’m back! I hope you’ll stop by plenty.

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