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Lesson 1564 – New Challenge (clap your hands)

Okay, so I really didn’t think that going through Charlotte’s Web chapter by chapter would take so freakin’ long. But now that I’m on the other side of it, I can say that even though it took a fair amount of work, I enjoyed the exercise  and I can tell you that I have a new understanding that I hadn’t had when I read it as a child.

So what’s next?

Well I still have to tell you about Barcelona. (I’ve made the potato dish learned in a cooking class many times since coming back.)

And I haven’t written about this year’s border to border walk.

I’ll get to those pieces, but I also wanted a new family challenge. Like I did when we weighed all of the good food that was wasted in one month (over 20 pounds) or when I de-cluttered the house and managed to move out thousands of pounds of clutter (yes I weighed it) or when I tried to hold a birthday party for under $10, kept the Christmas tree up until March 24th, or yes, even when we got our very first incubator chicks.

I was recently at Barnes and Noble and noticed a premier issue of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street – The New Home Cooking magazine. The red banner across the top of the cover reads “56 Recipes for Bold, Easy Weekday Meals.” I bought the magazine and when I got home, settled down to read it.

Milk Street (called that because of their address in Boston) holds cooking classes, tapes their PBS show at their offices , and now they publish a cooking magazine designed to teach a different approach called “the New Home Cooking.” Their purpose is to teach people how make good food quickly that goes beyond the ordinary. Milk Street wants us to up our dinner game.

Milk Street is a quality magazine with heavy pages and has gorgeous photos of each dish. Each recipe is actually a short article giving a little history or memory associated with the food. The type of food is varied with recipes from all over the world. Each write-up also suggests ways you can modify the dish and things to avoid.

Interestingly, each recipe includes how much time it takes to make it from start to finish.

It’s a stunning and impressive magazine, but photos and writing aside, what if the recipes aren’t really as easy as they say they are? What if it says it takes 15 minutes to make a dish, but I find out that unless you ‘re an automatron, there’s no way you’re getting this to the table in under 45 minutes?

So I plan to make every single one of the 56 recipes in the Milk Street premiere issue (i have no timetable other than at least one a week.) I’ll be making the dishes on a weeknight (Monday through Thursday) and I’ll let you know if the recipes are 1. Easy, 2. Quick, and 3. Tasty.  I’ll also report on how long it takes to make each dish.

The magazine is at stores and book shops now – go get an issue if you’d like to play along at home.

 

Note: I have absolutely no affiliation with Milk Street. My posts will reflect a true and honest account of my experiences making these recipes.

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1563 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 22

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 22 A Warm Wind

Wilbur returns to the Zuckerman’s barn. In the days that followed, he was very happy and grew to a great size. His medal is hung on the side of his pen for all to see.

Winter comes to the barn. Wilbur plays in the snow and breathes on Charlotte’s egg sac in order to keep it warm.

True to his word, Templeton gets to eat from Wilbur’s feed trough first. He also grows to a great size. “You would live longer,” said the old sheep, “if you ate less.” Continue reading

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Lesson 1562 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 21

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 21 Last Day

Charlotte and Wilbur are alone in the fair stall. Charlotte is getting weaker and weaker. She explains to Wilbur that he will live to see the different seasons. He won’t be killed. He’ll be okay.

But she won’t.

Wilbur wonders why Charlotte did all of this effort for him when he hadn’t done anything for her.

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte.

Wilbur tells Charlotte that life will be wonderful when they all get back to the farm. That’s when Charlotte tells him that she won’t be returning. Continue reading

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Lesson 1561 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 20

 

 

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 20 The Hour of Triumph

 Wilbur is crated and taken over to the judges’ booth. The Zuckermans, Arables, and Lurvy move Wilbur from his crate into the judge’s booth. Mrs. Arable tells Avery to tuck his shirt in and to tighten his belt.

The judges tell of how Wilbur really is “some” pig. They acknowledge that there is something special about him and they appreciate what he has done to bring tourists to the area.

Charlotte listens from the stall, her front legs embracing her egg sac. She could hear everything and the words gave her courage. This was her hour of triumph, she knew she had saved Wilbur. Continue reading

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Lesson 1560 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 19

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 19 The Egg Sac

 

Morning comes to the fair grounds. Wilbur looks up and sees the egg sac Charlotte had made in the dark.

“Is it a plaything?”

“Plaything? I should say not. It is my egg sac, my magnum opus.”

Wilbur learns that a magnum opus means “it is the finest thing you have ever done.”

Charlotte is weakened from making the sac and the web. She’s sad because she doesn’t think she will be alive when her 524 children hatch in the following spring.

Templeton returns to the pen with a bloated stomach, stuffed with the discarded fair food he had been eating all night.

“What a night!” Templeton stretches out in the hay and tells Wilbur and Charlotte that the large pig, Uncle, next door had been awarded the blue ribbon. Continue reading

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Lesson 1559 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 18

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 18 The Cool of the Evening

 

Evening comes and everyone everything at the fair starts to wind down. Last rides are taken on the Ferris Wheel (Henry Fussy invites Fern and even pays for her ride.) After the fireworks, everyone returns to their cars and trucks, where youngsters are wrapped in blankets to sleep during the ride home.

In the darkness, Templeton feels bold and he leaves Wilbur’s pen to get food.

“Bring me back a word,” calls out Charlotte. Continue reading

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Lesson 1558 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 17

 

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 17 Uncle

 

The Arables, Zuckermans, Lurvy, Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton arrive at the fair. The first thing Fern and Avery do is ask for money so they can buy things and go on rides.

Each child is given 70 cents by their father. “And remember, the money has to last all day. Don’t spend it all the first few minutes.”

The adults are reluctantly okay with the kids going off by themselves, but before they leave Fern and Avery are peppered with cautions from everyone. Continue reading

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Lesson 1557 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 16

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 16 – Off To The Fair   

 

The next day is the higly anticipated Fair. Everyone goes to sleep with lovely dreams of the fun they will have.

In the morning, Mrs. Zuckerman gives Wilbur a buttermilk bath. Not only did he feel radiant but the bath also made him look radiant.

Templeton the rat, at first adamant about not going to the Fair is talked into going when he hears about all the wonderful bits of discarded food he could feast upon. He hides under the straw in a corner of the crate. Continue reading

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Lesson 1556 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 15

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 15 – The Crickets  

 

Summer passes and the crickets begin their song warning others of the seasonal change. School will start, days will get longer, food will need to be collected and stored. Winter is coming.

 Wilbur, still the center of attention had grown big and fat. As far as everyone was concerned he certainly retained the titles of SOME PIG, TERRIFIC, and RADIANT.

Zuckerman tells Lurvy to make a crate so they can take the pig to the local County Fair.

“You’re going with me, aren’t you Charlotte?” Wilbur asks his friend. Even though she is versatile and even though she *could* accompany Wilbur to the Fair, Charlotte makes the decision to stay in the barn to make an egg sac. It was her time to do that. Continue reading

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Lesson 1555 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 14

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 14 – Dr. Dorian  

Fern’s mother is upset that Fern spends so much time in the barn with the animals and not with her friends.

 

When Fern tells her about Charlotte’s relatives making a web that caught a fish and a web that acted like a balloon, Mrs. Arable doubts the story even though she admits that she’d also like to float away. Still, she thinks it not’s normal for Fern to spend so much time with animals so she decides to talk to Dr. Dorian, the family doctor about the situation.

 

Mrs. Arable tells Dr. Dorian that she’s worried about Fern spending time at the barn.

“How enchanting” he replies. “It must be real nice and quiet down there.” Continue reading

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