Second, I made a Ukrainian Beet and Bean Stew (it tastes better than it sounds) from the Moosewood Restaurant’s
Low-Fat Favorites
cookbook. Very filling, especially with the whole wheat bread.

I was planning for a colder, snowier day, but it was still cool and dreary enough that the soup and bread served their purpose, warming and cheering us from the inside out.

p.s. I love beets!  

21:31:58 PM

What I spent most of the day doing was cooking. First, I made my first successful loaf of 100% whole wheat bread, thanks to The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book
(and my local library). Every other “whole wheat” recipe I’ve ever seen mixes in white flour, and when I’ve tried to up the portion of whole wheat flour, the bread turned crumbly and heavy. This time, following Laurel’s “Loaf for Learning,” the bread turned out light and springy, with a wonderful flavor, a little sweet, a little nutty. And I really enjoyed following this recipe. Unhurried (spread over 27 pages) it was like working side by side with a master baker. My only regret now is that I didn’t make more!  

10:37:14 AM

Cloudy
1°C (33.8°F) It looks like we’ll only get a half-inch or so of snow (not much to write about). I still managed to shovel a bit of it onto our formerly heat-stressed, dried out pine. I hope it has better luck this year.  

16:40:47 PM

It’s time for me to switch my templates from the default, and move this testing back into my regularly scheduled programming… I’m back!  

18:10:26 PM

Cloudy; Haze
3°C (37.4°F) No snow, rain, or any other form of precipitation yet, but you can feel the weight of clouds pregnant with water. The pressure silenced us all at daybreak – everyone waiting.