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First okra of the summer

by Nathaniel W. Turner last modified Aug 11, 2011 01:04 AM
August 4th. Providence, RI.


Last year, my okra crop was a dismal failure.  There was a fight for sun exposure with the pole beans, and the pole beans won.  Big time.

That's okay, though.  I like learning.  (We had a great pole bean crop last year.  =)

One year, and some slight rearranging of the garden plan later, it looks like the okra is poised to be awesome.  The first few plants have started producing and all 38 should be on-line soon!

Anyway, Melanie found some excellent bread at Seven Stars yesterday.  (Whole wheat country loaf sourdough, with extra deliciousness.)


I got home extra late, and Melanie had already foraged for a dinner of leftovers (taking a break from her normal routine of after-work culinary genius).

Since I wanted to use up the first (rather small) batch of okra, I made essentially a fancy olive oil for bread-dipping.  A little light on the veggies, but it made for a good, simple dinner nonetheless.


Olive oil, Aleppo pepper, garlic, okra, lemon juice, salt, herring, marigold, borage.


Yes, herring and okra go great together, why do you ask?

Tea misnomers

by Nathaniel W. Turner last modified Feb 20, 2011 11:13 PM

Dear Internet,

It has come to my attention that SpecialTeas is now "part of" Teavana.

Now don't get me wrong — it my understanding that Teavana sells some very nice, high-quality teas.

However, if, for some reason, you do not find that the SpecialTeas-Teavana merger was everything you had hoped for — perhaps you'd like to choose from more than 1 kind of Assam (you picky jerk), or maybe you'd like a little more information when choosing your Sencha (oh wait, there's only 1 kind to choose from; never mind) — you may find some consolation in the fact that Upton Tea Imports is still in business, and has 8 Sencha varieties (3 of which are even certified as organically grown, for whatever that's worth these days) and upwards of 30 Assam offerings.  Oh, and you can buy a Pu-Erh that doesn't have crap in it.  (Actually, you can buy 9 different crap-free Pu-Erhs.)

I hope you find this information useful.

Rant-ily yours,


Stonington man and son say "You don't get wet when you go Sailing."

by Melanie Turner last modified Jan 02, 2011 05:31 PM
Sep 24, 2008. Stonington, ME — Nate, Bessie, and Pop sail together in the cove.
Stonington man and son say "You don't get wet when you go Sailing."

Nate and Pop Setting out

Nate, Jen, and I took a jaunt up to Maine for a long weekend or "mini-break" the weekend of 9/12!  The weather was a bit cool and windy.   Saturday was rainy and blustery.  A good day for baking Jen a chocolate birthday cake with a moose / commuter bag cake topper.

Sunday was sunny and breezy.  It was a perfect day for sailing if you are adventurous and not afraid of September, Maine waters.  While admittedly the cove is usually warmer than the bay and open ocean, only the braves were willing to venture out.  Jen, Phoebe, Julie and I were willing to watch, but only Bessie, Bill (aka Pop), and Nate were willing to be the seafaring type.

Bill and Nate kept trying to persuade us otherwise by talking about how one generally doesn't tip over or get wet if you know what your doing.  We trekked out at high tide to the cove and proceeded to set the sailfish up.  It needed some new rope, but nothing our gang of pirates and some Duct tape couldn't handle!!!

Capn' Bill took the first cruise out onto the cove, while the rest of us looked on.  He made it look incredibly easy in spite of the gusty winds.  He cruised back to shore and handed the boat over to Nate.  While we watched Nate from shore we discussed how surprisingly unwet everyone was so far.  Alas, we had spoken too soon.  As Nate attempted to corner his trusty Sailfish, he lost control due to the fickle wind, and gave out a glorious splash!!!  It fortunately only took him a few moments to right himself and feel the wind in his now sopping wet hair, helping to dry his dripping face.

Once back on land, Nate admirably regained his land legs and started to chase the fearful and dry that had watched from solid ground.  Soon after, Bessie and Pop headed back out for a wild ride, and another dip in the cove.  The afternoon was finished by the two gents cavorting through out the cove with multiple dips back into the supposedly "warm" water.  It's still unclear if this is fact or bravado.  Regardless, a good time was had by both sports-people and spectators alike.

Raising the sail! Bessie and Pop Heading out Ahoy Capn' Bill!  Soggy Nate Monster Bessie and Pop sailing the choppy seas!


Phoebe and Julie on the Beach

(P & J are clearly riveted by the adventures on the high seas before them.)