Preserving The Bounty: Relish & Chutney

This time of year is always bittersweet.  On one hand there's a veritable cornucopia of fresh produce with which to create. On the other hand, there's no surer sign the end of the growing season is nigh, than the bounty that is everything coming ripe at once....more
I was given a jar of homemade plum chutney, recently. Absolutely delicious!more

A Bowl of Soup You Can't Have: AROMA CUCINA

A Bowl of Soup You Can't Have: AROMA CUCINA Early Spring greens foraged in the morning by Moreno and liquefied in a bowl by one of the world's great chefs: Moreno's wife Giuliana of Locanda Gambero Rosso.  This place is heaven on earth (go into our archives and find our other posts on this extraordinary trattoria). And, it's planting time for the orto.  Primavera arriva! Finalmente!...more

Sharing local foods with the wider community

As October comes to a close, the Eat Local Challenge is thinking bigger and looking for ways to spread locavorism beyond our home kitchens. Week Four (October 24 - 31): Taking it to the Community Week four will focus on eating locally within our communities. We can host potlucks and eat local parties, we can check in with our schools to hear whether they are supporting local farmers with their buying decisions. ...more

There are some great ideas here. I attended a slow food feast last weekend that benefited a ...more

Time for lunch...and a little activism

I remember a few things about school lunches growing up. I remember that, most of the time, I brought lunch from home rather than eating lunch at school. I remember finding notes from my Mom in my lunch, and how much I both enjoyed and was terribly embarrassed by this fact. (That being said, Mom, thanks for the notes – some days, I wish I could open my little lunch cooler at the office and have one waiting for me!) And, of all the food I remember, I most recall the weird, greasy rectangles of fairly flavorless “pizza” served up by the Fairfax County Public Schools cafeterias. On the rare days that I actually got to buy lunch, I often chose the pepperoni incarnation of this particularly disgusting “treat,” the pepperoni really more like small dots of processed, brightly-colored, well, I have no idea what they were. They were chunks, and they didn’t really taste like normal pepperoni, and, well, that particular lunch cannot have been good for me. ...more

Superstargenius, I haven't done much reading on the connection between solid nutrition and ...more