just peas and carrots

...inspiration for the everyday cook



My knife preferences, explained.

          There’s a deep sense of satisfaction in using a well designed, perfect tool. A backyard gardener has a sharp, sturdy trowel with a sharp blade and a comfortable wooden handle. The carpenter’s leather tool belt… Continue Reading →


  Wait! Just kidding. Here’s what I really meant:   Just look at this! Don’t you want a piece right now? This particular bark is made with a 16-ounce bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, and a third of a… Continue Reading →

Advice to my Son

by Peter Meinke The trick is, to live your days as if each one may be your last (for they go fast, and young men lose their lives in strange and unimaginable ways) but at the same time, play long… Continue Reading →

Pre-Thanksgiving Musings

It’s so exciting, isn’t it? After days of reading the advice and recipes on the internet and in all of the cooking magazines, and mentally tasting your  favorite recipes as you ponder them, you have a plan. Some of your… Continue Reading →

The First Hard Frost

  As soon as the temperature drops low enough, the party’s over in the garden. All of the produce is frozen solid, and when the sun comes up and thaws things, most of the plants will be dead. It’s a… Continue Reading →

Make Your Gravy Before Thanksgiving!

  OK, here’s the secret. You don’t have time to make good gravy on Thanksgiving day. Just accept that, and move on. Do you remember the last time you tried to make gravy after taking the bird out of the… Continue Reading →

About Knives

I can still recall that first day at the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA!), when we were issued our very own, personal knife kits. Inside each black leather case were elastic bands placed so as to snugly secure… Continue Reading →

I TOAD You Gardening Was Fun!

    Look what I found while mulching my raspberry plants!    

Is Farm-to-Table in Your Future? Start Small.

 Now is the time that local farmers’ markets begin to open for the season.  Most feature a few stands operated by local growers, who sell healthy young seedlings specifically chosen to thrive in your own area, as opposed to those… Continue Reading →

Wide Load

  Driving home from work on an ordinary everyday afternoon with not enough time no chicken in the fridge and a little league game to get to late as usual on 287 south the traffic slows around a huge flatbed… Continue Reading →

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