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Ashley English
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Moving On Up

HUGE news today, friends. Small Measure is moving! Thank you, Blogger, for hosting this little site of mine for 4 years. It's been a fine relationship, but it's time to move on. Come find me over at smallmeasure.com! See you there!

Sneak Peek

Here's a little treat for you, dear friends. The images above are some Polaroids outtakes the lovely Jen Altman took for my new book with Roost. They're from a gathering we hosted out here last weekend, highlighting southern cuisine. I'll give you little glimpses of the book whenever I can. It's an absolute blast working on this project, and Jen has a wonderful ability to capture people


Happy Friday, friends! I don't know where you live, but it's been raining like the building of arks is in order for three days straight here. Which is just fine by me. The garden needs it, the water tables require it, and this cool-weather-loving-lady adores it. It's been an amazing week. Busy, but amazing. My sisters just left about 30 minutes ago. I'm always so excited when they come, and

A Perfect Day

  Yesterday was nothing short of amazing. It was full of love, and laughter, and food, and rain, and fog, and cuddles, and everything I hold dear. If it set the tone for the coming year, it's going to be a very, very good one, friends. Highlights included: *This book and this book from Hubs (along with a gorgeous, but too large, ring from Nervous System and a

Homemade Living Blow-Out!

Just in time for my birthday, folks! 36 years young today! My editor wrote to give me a head's up on an amazing sale over at Barnes & Noble. If you have hesitated on buying any of the books in my Homemade Living series, hesitate no longer, dear friends of the interwebs! All four titles are now 50% off! Yeehaw! This is an amazing sale. If you're tired of waiting for one of my books to get

Whirlwinds & Crushes

Whew. The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind. We threw a big 'ole Southern foods gathering out here this past Saturday evening, as part of my new book. It was amazing-kids, parents, dancing (cake walk!!!), food, bourbon, and heat! Oh. My. Word. It was hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. But it was grand! Today I'm off to visit this farm on my way north to Burnsville. My sisters, Huxley and I are

What I'm Digging

Happy Friday, friends! My sisters are here for the week! I! Am! So! Excited! Hope you had a lovely Independence Day (for those U.S. readers). We laid low at home, and rounded out the day gathered around our big oak dining room table with friends. Nice and easy, that's my style! Here's a smattering of this's and that's that caught my attention this week: *This is my kind of camp craft! *

Learned Behaviors

I've been so busy canning that I almost forgot to direct you to my post in this month's Verve, wherein I divulge the origin of my infatuation with the jar. I'm holding honey in the jar above, extracted from my bees this past September. Yet another example of my affinity for putting edibles and delectables in jars. What about you? What got you turned on to the world of simmering pots and

Swimming In Cukes (+ Etsy!)

Our over-ambitious attitude in the garden this year seems to be paying off. We put in something like 20 cucumber plants and they are some kind of paying it forward, by the bushel! To that end, I've spent the better part of the last 3 days making my Dill Pickles, Quick Persian Pickles, and Sweet Pickle Relish. Recipes for the former and the latter can be found in my book, while the

Weekend Eats: Bolognese-esque Frittata

I hate wasting food. I go to great lengths to ensure we use every bit of food we purchase or grow. That's especially true of leftovers. Sometimes Hubs cooks like there's an army coming over for dinner, instead of just us two and Huxley. I never complain, because his eats are always amazing. That said, we're sometimes staring down the same dish for multiple meals, across several days. Which

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I'm an author writing a series of books about the ways folks are re-localizing their food supply and getting reacquainted with antiquated kitchen crafts. The series, published by Lark Books, is entitled "Homemade Living" and will be available beginning April 2010.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Local catfish with capers, onions, and herbs; corn on the cob with tarragon butter; mesclun salad with maple-dijon vinaigrette; and cucumber yogurt soup with fresh mint, dill, and cumin. YUM!
Currently reading:
Eat, Pray, Love
Currently listening to:
Nathan Mcgee
My latest DIY project:
My garden!
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At 3:45pm on February 26, 2009, Matthew Hoffman said…
I am interested in the series of books you're writing about how folks are relocalizing their food supply. Are any of them available yet? What are the titles?
At 12:24pm on January 13, 2011, maria schroeder said…

I heard you on martha stewart radio and was inspired.  I have two kumquat trees with a ton of fruit and I didn't know they to be used for jelly.  Do you mind sharing the recipe?

At 12:43pm on January 15, 2011, maria schroeder said…
Thanks. I look forward to reading that book. 
At 1:02pm on January 15, 2011, maria schroeder said…
I ordered your book and noticed you had a book about raising chickens. Do you address the subject of owning chickens and also having an allergy to them. I got some chickens and every time I was was around them I began sneezing. I end up giving them away because I would only get close enough to throw the food to them.  

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