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National Pie Day - January 23rd

It's worthwhile to remember these two quotes:


When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it's not, mmmmmmmm, boy.”  -- Jack Handy


And, in response to the suggestion that pie every day might be gluttony and 2 slices of pie per week enough..:


"It is utterly insufficient...as anyone who knows the secret of our strength as a nation and the foundation of our industrial supremacy must admit. …

The Edible is the Political

As a movement, you know you've arrived when there's a backlash that says the opposite of whatever your movement is.  I laughed out loud when I saw "distavore" for the first time in print in Joel Stein's recent article on Extreme Eating in Time magazine.  He argues that "eating in the 21st century is part travel, part cultural mash-up" and the idea that food should come from within 100 miles of where we live "anti-globalization idiocy."    …

Farmer's Marketing: January 12, 2008

Although I had to be speedy so I could make it to one of Brian Polcyn's great cooking classes at the Five Lakes Grill in Milford, I had to take at least a little time to come down to the Market on Saturday. It was a gorgeous sunny day, even if it was only 30º. 


The nice people from Cohoctah Honey Works were there this week. Have I mentioned I think they have the best prices on the lovely beeswax candles? …

Food on the radio

DJ Local - Local Food, Local Music 

After his debut on WCBN this week as DJ Local,  Shannon Brines of Brines Farm will be on the radio again in an interview tomorrow (Saturday, January 12, 2008).


"I was in the studios of 1290 WLBY AM here in Ann Arbor recording an interview with host Jackie Wright for the show Ann Arbor Lifestyles. We chatted about my background and day job as well as hoophouses and winter harvests!

The Omnivore's Dilemma Strikes Again!

Have you seen that "Arbor Brewing Company is embarking on a menu makeover"?  The changes they are making are pretty amazing and it makes me want to go out and personally buy a copy of the Omnivore's Dilemma for every restaurant owner and food business in town.  Rene Gref writes on the Arbor Brewing/Corner blog:


"We recently read one of those life-altering books that immediately changes the way you see and interact with the world around you. …

The Way of the Noodle is Long and Narrow

Do you read cookbooks? My mom does, so I guess I get that from her. I'm reading a cookbook right now that was written 20 years ago but which I want to write now.  If only I could think of a Julie-Julia kind of scheme - but the author's name is Susan Herrmann Loomis and the book is the Farmhouse Cookbook. 


In the book, she criss-crosses the country with her husband, visiting hundreds of family farms, telling their stories and gathering the best of their recipes. …

"With whom do you believe your lot is cast?"

                       Hungry Planet

Perhaps you've heard that State of Michigan announcement that if every family in Michigan spent just $10 a week on food grown in Michigan it would put $37 million dollars into the Michigan economy and keep our family farms in business? 


Probably more than the average bear, I puzzle over the implications of food choices that I make and that other people make. That's why I was (and I do not use this word lightly) enthralled by an email I got recently from my mother-in-law with the photos you see on this page. …

There is a season - for farm conferences

The low season for farming is the high season for conferences. There are several events coming up here in Michigan that look great if you're interested in farming, food, and community. It looks like these are mostly open to anyone interested in farming and food, but I think all require some kind of pre-registration. 



January 18, February 23, March 8, 9:30am - 4:00pm

CSA-MI is hosting one-day how-to workshops on "

Farmer's Marketing: January 5, 2008

It's been feeling odd to do the bulk of our grocery shopping at the Co-op now, rather than at the market.  So the first farmer's market outing for the year and the snowiest so far made me unreasonably happy. There were people at the market with produce, eggs, maple syrup, cider, meat and bread  for sale! And you had better get there early (before 9:30) if you want to buy some eggs or greens.  


Even with buyers and sellers greatly reduced in numbers as you can see from the photo, the market felt lively and I ran into at least 5 people I know. 


The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street: Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways

How many people know that Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the country? Only perennially sunny, no-winter California has more diversity. And Michigan is number one for things like black and navy beans, blueberries, cucumbers and sour cherries. So why isn’t there a Michigan parallel to “California Cuisine”?  A “Michigastronomy” perhaps? 


The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street “

The Role of a Chef: A New Way to Eat

Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, this is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used."   -- Wendell Berry

 

“No one is growing turkey-craw beans any more. There are so many great varieties that were bred for taste that don’t get planted any more. It can’t be good when only 5 seed companies sell 75% of the seeds for our food” says Mark Baerwolf, sous-chef and now farmer for the Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor.

Waffling

A simple way to tell whether or not you're leading la dolce vita is, in my opinion, waffles. I'm not talking about that rubbery travesty not worthy of the name found in the frozen food section, and I'm not talking about those huge, heavy discus' made with pre-packaged batter that all the breakfast joints use and then try to disguise with a huge mountain of faux whipped "cream." 


I'm talking about the real deal, the delicate golden honeycombs your mother makes in the waffle iron she bought for you for $3 at a garage sale but then kept the waffle iron because it turns out perfect waffles - blistery crispiness on the outside, buttery tenderness on the inside, fragrant with yeasty goodness and as light as eiderdown.  …

Support a Local Business Who Supports Us!

Everyday Wines/Everyday Cook needs your help!  


The City Council committee formed to review new liquor license applications is expected to make a recommendation soon about who should be awarded the one available liquor license in Ann Arbor.  The latest news is that Mary Campbell at Everyday Wines/Everyday Cook is one of the finalists.


As you may already know, in addition to being a wonderful resource for any wine-related question, Mary has been a staunch supporter of local non-profits. …

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