Orphans’ options: Thanksgiving tips for non-cooks and holiday orphans

Years ago, a group of friends would organize a potluck Thanksgiving for the "orphans" - people who would not spend the holiday with family for whatever reason. Everyone would bring something, either a prepared dish or a healthy appetite, and we would sit in the living room of the venerable 4th Avenue house...

Meating expectations

Sunday was our regular pick-up of meat from the Crown S CSA, as well as a lengthy planning meeting. We had new faces - people who joined after the initial deadline had passed - so we spent a couple of hours discussing what has and hasn't worked. We also had tasty food that members had brought. Because of...

Arctic realities

Photographer Subhankar Bannerjee is touring with photographs from the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska. Unlike the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, the entire petroleum reserve is slated for drilling and exploration, despite set-asides by former Interior Secretaries James Watt and Bruce...

University Farmers Market: Fresh pasta and potato paradise

Last Saturday, the Butter Bitch and I made a visit to the University Farmers Market. The farmers market used to be our neighborhood market, but Interstate 5 dissuaded us from visiting often. We went to find out why the market needs to be saved and to investigate a rumor of local, organic butter. According...

Reasons to vote

Every November, I face the march of time and age a year. At least every other November, I face an election, and steel myself for the task of participating in Democracy. Democracy is like sausage-making, but smellier, messier, and less pleasant. People deceive, dissemble, lie, rant, and make asses of...

Saving the University Ave farmers market

Seattle's school district has a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. What does that have to do with ethicureanism? Well, bear with me as I connect the dots. The District, which has been plagued with debt, school closures, fractious public meetings, and a superintendent who decided to get out while the...

Design on the Edge: Tuesday, 6:30 PM, University of Washington

David Orr, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, will speak on cutting-edge design practices related to "climate change, law, and the rights of future generations." The event takes place at University of Washington's Kane Hall in Room 120 on Tuesday, November 7, at...

Vote early, vote often

Next Tuesday, November 7, is election day in the United States. In addition to midterm elections, balloting will decide a number of state and local offices, initiatives, referendums, and propositions. Readers in other countries are encouraged to pester American expatriate friends to send in their absentee...

Ask about trans fats

Trans fats were highlighted as a health problem over 40 years ago, as Nina Planck mentions in Real Food, but intense scrutiny did not occur until two decades later, and trans fats have been broadly identified as a health concern only within the past few years. It's a sign of progress that the topic now...

Examining genetic engineering

Chris Smith, a Master Gardener, recently took a look at gardening and genetic engineering in three successive articles in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. According to Washington State University's Master Gardener Program, a Master Gardener is a person trained to serve their communities through horticulture,...

Letter from the North: cold snaps and unsnappy lettuce

Seattle is experiencing a cold spell that started with the change from daylight savings, a combination of darkness and cold that marks the early onset of winter. Yesterday's low was 18 F, or -7 C, well below the average. As I walked in the cold air, I hoped that Helsing Junction had finished harvesting...

Digest: Dirty salmon, Washington organic fees, Inc’s Green 50, and more

Seattle P-I: The EPA has launched a website that covers the ecosystems of Puget Sound and Canada's Georgia Basin. The site includes a lot of information about air quality, water quality, wildlife health, human population health, and a bunch more! (MoLM discloses: I interned for a state air-quality agency...

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