It’s December and the pickings are slim

December 31, 2007 at 4:41 am (food, organic) (, , )

I always say that I am not going to have new year’s resolution but I am going to try and blog more.

All in all, my experiment went well this summer. I only bought local vegetables between my farm share and an amazing farmer’s market. It wasn’t overly expensive and it all tasted great. We had strawberries into December which was unbelievable but I know that it had to do with our enviable location more than anything.

But the rains have hit and today’s farmer’s market pickings were much slimmer. Last week was better so it is possible that it may have to do with the holidays as half of the stands were missing. Our vegetable bin currently contains lettuce (surprisingly still available), celery, and carrots. There is also a tomato but I didn’t buy it. 🙂 Today’s salad contain the above mentioned vegetables and peas that came from the freezer. There is much concern about what we are going to eat. I froze lots of green beans and broccoli when we had a lot from the community supported farm share so we’ll eat those. I think carrots will be available throughout the winter. I wish everyone would eat kale without complaining but that is too much to hope for! We also have a very hard squash (kobacha) that is almost impossible to cut and a cabbage.

Let’s see how we do next week. This week’s dinners will involve the rest of the salad and what’s in the freezer. I have plans for a tofu and cabbage dish which should go over well.

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CNN _section_ on the China issue

August 3, 2007 at 1:45 am (China, food)

There are so many scary food items coming out of China that CNN has now created an entire section on it.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/news/made.in.china/index.html

I am completely horrified that 50% of apple juice comes from China. I would like to cut out apple juice from our diet but it is the basis for most of the juice boxes. Makes you wonder what other ingredients in packaged foods come China.

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Thoughts on traveling

July 27, 2007 at 4:14 am (food, travelling)

Traveling makes it very hard to eat well. It also shows how different parts of the country approach their eating. I just spent a week down on gulf coast. The first night we went into a restaurant, the server told us that we could have anything we liked, as long as it was fried. 🙂 Seems their grill hood was out but that didn’t stop anyone (and to be honest it did not stop us either – I had fried crawdads).

When I asked what of their seafood was local, the waitress said that everything was. But as she left the table, she said that they got everything from <something> nearby which I took to be a town nearby. Afterwards, someone else said that they think she was saying the name of  a store.

It is the growing season and everything in the grocery stores was imported from out of state and maybe out of the country. When asked where the tomatoes came from, they looked like they had never heard that question before and had to refer the box that they were unpacking.

I don’t want to imply that they take their food less seriously there. We stopped at one place where the food was great (not healthy 🙂 but very, very good). I think that it is just easier in some places like California because more people are approaching it with the same mindset.

I also read “Animal, vegetable, miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver while on vacation. I found it to be a very interesting book. I’ll post something about it later.

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sorry about the comment not appearing

July 27, 2007 at 4:04 am (Uncategorized)

I think I didn’t hit the right button to have the last comment appear.  I just was looking at the site and realized that.  Sorry!

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farm food and organics

July 1, 2007 at 4:05 am (food, organic)

We got so much lettuce from the farm.  I made zucchini bread and I am going to make spinach and (all natural) bacon quiche tomorrow for us to have for lunches.  I think I am going to have to give away a head of lettuce because I got three this week and just finished last weeks (not to mention argula and spinach).

After reading that list of pesticides, I vowed to not buy non-organic peaches, apples, or red peppers.  Then I went to the grocery store.  There were no organic red peppers to be had.  Since I am going to force my kids to eats lots of lettuce I decided to buy  some because they are grown in the US.  The apples are getting hard to find.  It will be two months before apples come in from the farm share and I could only find organic red delicious apples from the US.  I did buy some from Chile because red delicious can be bland.  I did find organic chicken.

So a slight deviation but still generally on the right path.

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Pestisides in food

July 1, 2007 at 3:28 am (food, organic)

http://www.foodnews.org/

My mother-in-law sent me this link.  I found it a little frightening that the foods that we eat regularly were at the top of list.

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how is this presentation?

June 24, 2007 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized)

Let me know if this is hard to read. 🙂

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all natural pork is better

June 24, 2007 at 5:30 am (Uncategorized)

Another dinner made with all natural meat (Nieman’s Ranch) and it tasted much better.  I don’t think it could be that suddenly I am finding better recipes.   Though this one was really good – sage rub pork chops.

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Finally writing again – have a CSA share

June 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm (Uncategorized)

We have been managing pretty well on this new philosophy. There have been a few times when I didn’t follow it and it usually involved meat (when I had to buy large quantities). All natural/organic deli meat is a little hard to find and all natural hamburgers were a little harder than I expected but we did find them.

I had gotten to the point where I was not buying 50% organic produce for a week or two but that has all changed. I now buy a share in a farm through a CSA service (Community Supported Agriculture). We buy a family share and get a big box of vegetables each week and two baskets of fruit. It’s all organic and farmed in a sustainable way. The biggest issue is that we get some things that we don’t want. The first week I had to find inventive things to do with chard and we didn’t eat all the zucchini, lettuce or beets. This week we got Kale and tons of greens. I see a lot of salads in our future. However, the produce is very good and it will expose us to things that we wouldn’t eat normally.  We also don’t get things that we always eat – red peppers and this week we did not get cucumbers or carrots.

We are on a four week trial but I think I will continue through the season (November) and see how it is.

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Another article on contaminated food

May 21, 2007 at 3:16 pm (food, Uncategorized)

I’m afraid that I am going to become a vegetarian by the end of this…

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living-0/117967670039500.xml&coll=2

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