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Eating Locally

March 29, 2011

In the past 5 years, I’ve done a lot of reading and research on eating locally, on where to shop, on what it means to label something organic. Every winter I search through local community-supported agriculture shares, but inevitably I decide that a weekly commitment especially in the summer when I travel may not be the best idea. Sooo, I decided to try a similar share program where I opt in for however many weeks I want. Right now, I get all sorts of fruits and vegetables every other week. It’s amazing. I bet I’m ready to try a full CSA share before too long!

In my first week, I got lots of wonderful goodies:

  • Leeks
  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Red potatoes and
  • Shiitake mushrooms

Plus many juicy fruits:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Kiwis and
  • Pears

You can also add in special items with each delivery. There’s all sorts of cheese, yogurts, herbs, meats and more that you can pick from based on what you are hoping to cook. I asked for a bunch of fresh meyer lemons to use when making a batch of limoncello with some friends:

I’ll let you know how it works out, but at the very least, you can expect to see the fresh ingredients making appearances in dishes going forward.  A few were used in the Shepherd’s Pie I just posted, and the limoncello is steeping as I type!

 

 

 

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Heat

January 11, 2010

When I am not cooking, I am often reading.  Why?  Because I like it!  Ha!  Usually I am reading something passed along via a friend or mentioned elsewhere.  If I am too busy when I hear about an interesting book, I’ll jot down the title in a notebook and wait till the next holiday or birthday when I have some time off.  My brother is a particularly tough critic of reading material; nothing fluffy for him, yet even he was intrigued by one of the books on my list this Christmas.

Bill Buford recently published a memoir called Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.  It many ways it reminds me of the saying “will work for food.”  After an encounter with Mario Batali, he ends up in the kitchen of Babbo — one of Batali’s restaurants.  The book chronicles Buford’s experiences both there and in Italy as he discovers the world of a chef and cook.  I really enjoyed his personal stories mixed in with those of his interactions with Batali.  The foodie in me really liked it.  Check it out…at the very least it’s an entertaining glimpse behind the doors to the kitchen restaurant.  While it might not be as dramatic as Hell’s Kitchen, it will certainly keep you reading!

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Hello world!

July 23, 2009

After much deliberation, I decided to share my adventures in the kitchen!  It’s one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind at the end of the day, that this seems like the natural next step.  If you’re interested in “guest starring” or being a happy helper/taste tester, just let me know.  Then again,  that will probably happen anyway 🙂

I can’t wait to read your comments and hope you will walk away with at least one new idea to try out on your own.   Off we go!

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