Notes From Neptune

I write about people, places, and things.

Recipe: Channa Masala

It has been a good long while since I posted a recipe, and I thought it was about time to remedy that. Summer is here, and for us that means CSA season! We’re eating our way through A LOT of vegetables, and this year we’re trying to eat vegetarian as much as we can. This simple dish made with chickpeas is a big help in that direction, as it’s super-filling.. Read More

Chard-o-riffic Mac ‘n Cheese. And a monster.

So I began last night’s dinner with Smitten Kitchen’s creamed chard recipe (link) as a jumping-off point. This was the right thing to do. Since I had no spring onions, and a wealth of garlic scapes, I did a little swap. Also, because I did not want to kill the lactose-intolerant Mr. Boyfriend, I used almond milk instead of cow milk. So here we go. 2 bunches chard, thick ribs.. Read More

Welcome to the CSA!

Welp, Week 1 happened:   Cougar is less than thrilled with the massive amount of greens on the table. But who cares what she thinks, eh? I volunteered during the evening shift, which means I got to take some of the leftover stuff and pad our share out a bit. On this table, you see the following: 5 kohlrabi, 2 bunches scallions, 5 summer squash, 4 cucumbers, 2 heads red-leaf.. Read More

In praise of my Nanny Jo

So something really scary and awful happened this past Sunday: my grandparents were in a car accident. My grandfather is thankfully fine, but my grandmother has two lumbar fractures, and a mighty sore hip. But even so, they were very lucky. One might be tempted to worry about an injured grandmother. The very word tends to conjure images of delicate older ladies. Classy and elegant she may be, but delicate? No.. Read More