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  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
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  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
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  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
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Empowerment Through Dairy-Making

Hi friends! My English Lessons column for Verve magazine has a new post up for February. Today Butter, Tomorrow World Peace touches on the way that dairy-making made me feel I could take on anything. Really. It honestly did. And does.

You can read the post here. I’d love to know if taking on some sort of food-related project empowered you, too. Funny, the things that empower us. For some, it’s Tae Kwon Do or getting inked or running a marathon. For me, it’s making yogurt.

9 Responses to Empowerment Through Dairy-Making

  • EcoGrrl says:

    great article! you've got a wonderful voice :)

    i remember that line from a/v/m as well – when i told someone i voluntarily went car-free, it's as if i plucked my eyeball out of the socket and set it on the table :)

  • Yart says:

    For me it is making bread. I feel wonderful each and every time I pull a loaf from the oven.

  • Lauren says:

    The first time I made yogurt I jumped up in the air in joy. You know, like in that cheesy 80's toy commercial way, except I did it in all honesty.
    Putting some milk in the oven one night and waking up the next morning to see it's turned to yogurt? It was, quite literally, like magic.

  • KC Pagano says:

    That's why I started cooking from scratch. I recently started making hard cheese. I felt empowered when I finally put the waxed wheel in my mini fridge to sit and age. THe more things I make from raw ingredients the more I feel like a superhero.

  • Grace says:

    Canning. Talk about controlling your own destiny! I know exactly what is and isn't in it. I know exactly how it was prepared. I have it ready to go when I need it. I'm not much of a jam canner, I'm more interested in pressure canning food that can become quick, easy, healthy meals. Knowing that I have food in jars stashed all over my house makes me feel powerful, useful, and maybe more confident in myself somehow.

  • All the domestic arts: fermenting, canning, making yogurt, baking bread. Clicking off to your article now.

  • Molly says:

    Gardening. Something grew because of me–is pretty empowering for me.

  • Courtney says:

    Simply learning how to cook from scratch has launched me into the world of 'homemade.' I grew up on canned (store bought) pasta sauce but once I realized how easy it is to make it from real tomatoes – revelation!

    At the moment, I've read more about how to make many things than I have actually made. As a city apartment dweller, the thought that I can cure salmon in my fridge or smoke things on my stove top is blowing my mind … now to get around to actually doing so …

  • amanda says:

    are you still thinking of offering a class on home dairy making some time? If so, I'm in!

    (I love pulling bread form the oven, and anytime I can something and hear that lid seal I feel like I just made a huge accomplishment!)