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This Week’s Recipes: July 3rd, 2010

6 Jul

So this past week I wanted to start small and ease into the idea of planning ahead for meals and shopping and spending some quality time with the cookbooks on my kitchen shelf.

This week’s recipes:

Book: The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors

Recipe: Polish Noodles and Cabbage

Notes: This was the first recipe I tried and had to make some last minute adjustments. I forgot to get a yellow onion so had to use red and couldn’t find any egg noodles at my local shop. It turned out well though, and I would totally eat this again. It would taste better with the proper ingredients and something else along with it like sausage of some really nice dark bread. Or both!

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Book: Greens, Glorious Greens

Recipe: Stir-Fried Kale, Carrots and Walnuts

Notes: This was AWESOME. The only thing I left out of this dish was the ginger – since I was serving this on the side with some Italian dishes. I would, and plan to eat this often.

Next week’s recipes: Pasta with Leeks and Greens & Oyako Domburi

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Market Photo Diary

3 Oct

I am trying something new. Last week I took a photograph of everything that I had purchased at the farmers’ market. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to do this each week.  Though I forgot to upload the photos last week – and had to take two photos because I forgot to empty all of my bags!

This week – October 3rd, 2009 – Includes a quart of yogurt, grapefruit, raw almonds, sesame glazed walnuts, red wheat berries, new york special apples, huge multicolored radishes, fresh basil, chicken of the woods mushrooms, fresh sweet peas, liverwurst, fresh horse radish, raw milk cheddar and goat sage cheese.

Last Week – September 27th, 2009 – Includes a cabbage, pomegranates, cucumbers, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, dry farmed early girl tomatoes, dozen brown eggs, mixed nuts and pecans, mixed bag of stone fruit, 3 kinds of onions and 3 kinds of potatoes

Spotlight: Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market: A Photo Story

9 May

Though the farmers’ market I usually shop at is the Heart of the City, I stop by the Ferry Plaza a few times a year. This is not so much for the produce, as I find that the fruit and vegetables at the Heart of the City are quite fabulous and much less expensive, but for the items that are harder to find, The Ferry Plaza Market is great!

Since today was such a lovely San Francisco day, I decided to head out early to see if I could get to some of the market goodies that tend to vanish before 10am, beat the lunch crowd and take some photos.

I am also starting to keep a list of the farms that I learn about and how far they are from San Francisco. To see a map of North California farms that travel to or sell in San Francisco markets click here: Northern California Farms

http://www.massaorganics.com/ Chico, California

Massa Organics

Massa Organics

I have been a fan of Massa Organics since I first encountered them. They are one of the few grain producers in the area (currently brown rice and red wheat berries) and their almonds are wonderful too! You can even follow them on twitter now @MassaOrganics and get updates direct from the tractor. Which, if you are an agro-nerd like me, will make you giddy. But maybe that is just me. ..

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An interesting discussion about being “Green”

9 Apr

The Fur Council of Canada has recently started a new campaign called “Fur is Green!” I am really quite torn about this idea simply because I believe that if we are to kill animals for food, we should be doing our best to ensure that they are treated as well as possible during their life and use as much as possible of the animal and avoid any waste. I have personally never been against the use of leather as it tends to come from animals that are also part of the food supply, but fur often comes from animals that are not used for anything else.

Some are protesting this campaign and I am curious to see what the outcome is.

Fur is Green! Campaign
http://www.furcouncil.com/furisgreen.aspx

Matt & Nat: Speak Out Against Fur
http://blog.mattandnat.com/?p=161

Alternative Christmas

16 Dec

Here are some links for those of us interested in a less consumer-driven holiday season…

http://www.buynothingchristmas.org/

http://www.redefine-christmas.org/

http://free-christmas.org/

http://www.pinkchristmas.org/

Happy Holidays! May they be full of love, companions and compassion!

Reporter’s Notes: Food Safety

6 Dec

Reporter’s Notes: Food Safety

“Here’s another item for President-Elect Barack Obama’s to-do list when he takes office in January: food safety. Especially imported foods. Recent scares over melamine-laced cookies from China and salmonella-tainted Mexican jalapenos have raised stark questions: Who’s monitoring the safety of imported food? And does the system work?”

http://www.kqed.org/quest/radio/food-safety

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Buy Nothing Day 2008

26 Nov

Brought to you by the Church of Stop Shopping

Check them out in the film What Would Jesus Buy.

Buy Nothing Day 2008: Dance Your Debt Away!

Free dance party at Union Square

Friday, November 28, 2008 3:00pm5:30pm
FREE
Take the L, N, R, W, Q, 4, 5, 6 trains to Union Square
Phone Contact: 917-825-3562
Email Contact: Michael@revbilly.com
Website: http://www.revbilly.com

Liberate your inner shopaholic from the excesses of holiday consumption and come boogie down instead! The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year to some, but since 1997 it’s also “Buy Nothing Day”, a chance to escape the packed malls and aggressive advertising. So give your credit card a rest and put your rhythm to work by joining Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping for a free dance party at Union Square. Receive a special blessing (or exorcism) from the Rev for a “Debt Free Christmas!” Music makers and holiday costumes encouraged, all ages welcome! On Saturday you’ll be singing “Last Night A DJ Saved My Mortgage.”

Location

Union Square

New York, NY

http://www.revbilly.com/events/buy-nothing-day-2008-dance-your-debt-away