Provisions Mushroom CSA through Helsing Junction

I've lost track of the post where the local mushroom CSA was discussed - oh, there it is, but I'll give this topic a full post just the same. Provisions Mushroom CSA is piggy-backing on Helsing Junction CSA Farm's delivery system to provide mushrooms. Their information is not available on Helsing Junction's...

Plastic card irony: a small harangue on gift card apathy

If you could give a homeless person a gift card, would you? Would it make you feel better? I know - giving money directly to homeless people is likely to feed their addiction to booze, drugs, or warm shelter. It takes a lot of courage to do what a friend's father did, which was buy a homeless man lunch. The...

Farewell, goddess of the Yangtze River

Scientists have declared the white dolphin, also known as the goddess of the Yangtze, to be extinct. The dolphin is a victim of China's rapid economic expansion and the increased river traffic on the Yangtze river. The species was thought to be 20 million years old. In related news, Asia's greenhouse gases...

Taco Bell ad offensive?

Is it me, or has Taco Bell stepped up its television ads in the wake of the E. coli outbreak, which has affected dozens of consumers in six states? The ads do not mention the outbreak, the fact that the problem has been traced to one of their suppliers, or that they are trying to be responsible corporate...

Winter lettuce in Seattle?

"Guess what I found at the farmers market?" the Butter Bitch announced last Sunday. "Lettuce!" Indeed she had, and she brought a head home as proof. The farmers cover the lettuce in the fields to protect their crop from the late autumn cold in the north. I'm surprised that the trick worked, but wasn't about...

Accidental white wine sauce

About two weeks ago, I used some Cooper Mountain Pinot Gris for a leek recipe, with the plan that the Butter Bitch would use the rest to make risotto the following night. Our plans went awry, and by the time we returned to the wine, it had gone vinegary and was not fit to drink or use in risotto. We could...

Pretty good pomegranate sauce

Pomegranates are not native to the Pacific Northwest, but here is a good sauce I made by once upon a time. The recipe comes from memory. The sauce goes well with lamb and that Oregon staple, pinot noir. Warm weather natives, rejoice. Ingredients: 2 pomegranates, or 1 cup of pure pomegranate juice 2...

Brews blues in the Emerald City

Visitors to the Emerald City who read the Seattle P-I's Getaways section must think that Seattle hates itself more than an angst-ridden teenager. Once or twice a month, the section reminds Seattle residents that everything is better in Portland. The Rose City does feature a superior brewpub scene, a...

A tale of two chars

I planned to name this post "Char Times," but I realized that attentive readers might think that I'd recycled an old post about chard and introduced a typo. A new title was needed, and I returned for inspiration to my friend Charles to provide me with a title about char. I'll stop punning now. For my...

Leeky dinner for leaky weather

On the odd chance that you haven't heard, I'll mention that Washington is experiencing record rainfall this November. Seattle has broken the November rainfall record of 13+ inches, and is on track to break the all time monthly record of 15.33 inches. We're also receiving snow, though that is melting fairly...

Digest: Heritage turkeys, UK food fraud, carbon “indulgences”

Salon.com*: A moving great piece by Novella Carpenter about raising two heritage turkeys in Oakland, CA, and killing and eating one of them. (Carpenter happens to be Michael Pollan's assistant this year at UC Berkeley's Journalism School.) The Independent (UK): Food fraud is rampant in England, with farmed...

Preparing for the season

It's never too early or too late to get into the "Bah, Humbug!" spirit of the season. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy the long weekends and the time to catch up on reading, but when it comes to the big celebrations and dinners, I'm more on the side of the turkeys shown below. The Butter Bitch and I will head...

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