Tilth: Soil becomes food

This weekend, Man of La Muncha and I made two trips to Tilth, which is the second restaurant in the country to receive Oregon Tilth organic certification. We had heard about the restaurant from various friends, who felt that it was right up our alley. We've had an uncharacteristically busy schedule over the...

Cloned meat – it’s deja vu all over again

Early last week, Man of La Muncha asked me a question that caught me off guard; would I be willing to consume meat or dairy products from a cloned animal? I was surprised by my immediate, instinctive revulsion to the idea of consuming anything cloned. But then I considered the question; why, indeed, would...

Autumn in the air

Signs of autumn are everywhere in Seattle. I woke early last week to find that the tree in front of our house had dropped its leaves, seemingly overnight. The rose bush has traded its summery flowers for fat red rosehips, and trees all over are responding to the chilly temperatures and shorter days by...

Food + drink: Pair in Seattle

Last Tuesday, Man of La Muncha and I picked up our final CSA box of the season.  Along with a bounty of winter squash (including tasty delicatas), we received the final newsletter of the year, which informed us that Helsing Junction produce would be featured on the menu of Pair, a local small-plates...

Pigs and cows and goats, oh my! A visit to Sea Breeze Farm

Each year, the King County Extension Office, in association with Washington State University, holds their Harvest Celebration on the first Saturday of October. The Harvest Celebration is a chance for consumers to get to know their local producers and for farms to introduce their products to new users....

Ethicureans abroad: or, our visit to Baltimore

Update: We've added photos after a slight delay.--MolM. This last weekend, Man of La Muncha and I traveled to Baltimore for a friend's wedding. The wedding was wonderful, and we met (and in some cases, re-met) a lot of very fun and interesting people. But, of course, any trip involving Ethicureans involves...

Interview with a forager

On Sunday, Man of La Muncha and I went to the Ballard Farmers' Market. Each of us had a goal - he wanted to find back fat to pursue his goal of making lard, and I wanted to talk to the foragers and find out more about the found food that they sell. Once we got to the farmers' market, I made my way to the...

Down on the farm: visiting Helsing Junction

On Sunday, Man of La Muncha and I headed south to our CSA, Helsing Junction Farm, for their annual Day on the Farm. We've been members of this CSA for three years now, but until this weekend we haven't had the opportunity to actually visit the place where we get the majority of our summer veggies. Though we...

Corn-o-rama

Even if we Americans are "corn chips with legs" (Berkeley biologist Todd Dawson as quoted by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore's Dilemma), there is still something to be said for fresh corn eaten as summer winds down and autumn begins creeping in through the back door. Man of La Muncha and I received a bounty...

A Drunken Boat? No, a Stumbling Goat!

Last night, I came home from work to find my kitchen overrun by Ethicureans. Man of La Muncha was mixing cocktails for the crowd. Dairy Queen was here, as was Potato Non Grata. For the first time, we met Omniwhore, E-I-E-I Ho, Momniwhore, and Dadniwhore. The plan was to have pre-dinner drinks and then head...

Locavore Resources in the Puget Sound

Earlier this week, Man of La Muncha and I met up with Jenni and Lisa, two of the co-founders of our meat CSA (meat countdown T minus 22 days!) to talk about our reactions to reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. We discussed our shifts in thinking and how eating sustainably, organically, locally,...

Cluckageddon

When Man of La Muncha (who provided the title of this post) and I first started visiting our local farmer's market, we asked one of the egg and meat vendors why he didn't have more chickens for sale. The answer, he told us, had to do with bird flu, specifically the H5N1 subtype. He explained that when the...

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