Ask the Reader: How do you cook locally in winter?

One of our readers piped up - imagine! - and suggested that even more interesting tales of locavorean cooking would be found in places like Minnesota or New Hampshire. At issue was my comment on Food and Wine's article on eating like a locavore. I suggested that California is too easy, and that Washington...

Eat like a winter locavore, the Food & Wine way

Food and Wine Magazine has an article in the February 2007 issue about eating like a locavore, featuring several locavorean recipes. It's great to see a mainstream food magazine like this one highlighting something like eating locally, which takes into account more than just how an ingredient tastes. The...

White bean experiments

The discovery that my grandparents raised beans as a cash crop gave me new interest in the "magical fruit," and I was pleased to discover someone selling great white northern beans at our local farmers' market. I bought a small amount - probably a cup in measurement - and that sat on our counter for a few...

Green pigs

I wish these were the amusing muppet offspring of Kermit and Miss Piggy, but instead these little porkers are the product of genetic manipulation. Scientists in Taiwan and in the People's Republic of China say that they have bred fluorescent green pigs, by injecting them with genetic material from...

Corny humor

The recent pig news has been grim, with more to follow. One humorist anticipates a new problem farmers will face from their GMO corn crops. One wonders if the left ears of Smithfield and Sysco are...

“Best of the Puget Sound” list

Not to be outdone by a list of favorites from our old stomping grounds, we here in the Puget Sound region have our own list of fine foods to celebrate. With one exception, we had not encountered these treats before 2006. 1. Fish Brewing Company's Winterfish: This seasonal, organic beer from Olympia - well...

Ask the Ethicurean: Ethical, environmental and health issues regarding seafood

Chipotle Gloria requested by email: "Can you point me to any resources that will help me learn more about the ethical and environmental considerations surrounding fish as food?" The approach depends on which of us you ask. The Butter Bitch loathes all foodstuffs that come from water, with the exception of...

Digest: Cloned meat and clone-free companies, Lappé calls for moral uses of technology

New York Times: The FDA says meat and milk from cloned animals is safe, but don't panic — yet. The technology will make cloning too expensive just for making burgers and milkshakes, more likely being used to clone a prize stud steer. And, if not banned from using it, organic producers say they would shun...

Spit and go: 2005 Oregon wine tour

Our motto was, "Spit and go!" Our task was monumental: Ten wineries, two livers, and eight hours until our dinner reservations. This was our 2005 Oregon wine tour. Our plans changed a few times during the trip, starting with a wrong turn from the B&B that led us to our first winery. We hadn't intended...

Sauce for dummies

Inspired by Omniho's post on broth, I decided to confess to some fruitful cooking about which I have little clue. I've been making sauces lately without really knowing what I'm doing, but the results have been tasty. Yes, I have cookbooks that discuss sauce-making, not to mention Sokolow's The Saucier's...

Lingo-y goodness

The fine folks at The Gawker have skewered the language of bloggers. The list was shared around our virtual newsroom, eliciting a few chuckles and snorts. After brief examination, we find ourselves guilty of using a few of the clichés. Oy. We may drop one or two, but give up the -y affix followed by...

Ask the Ethicurean: Washington and U.S. Raw Milk Jurisdiction, and a nod to Canada

Curious asks: "Does Washington state have special rules for selling raw dairy products in state? I thought the FDA put the ax to selling raw milk awhile ago…." Broadly speaking, the FDA has jurisdiction over food safety that involves food that crosses state lines. Individual states have jurisdiction over...

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