Traditional New Year’s Day meal in Austin

A friend of mine once predicted that I would decorate for Christmas once I had kids. She said you can't help it, you just feel more inclined to honor traditions when you have kids. Now that I have a four-month-old daughter, I feared that glowing nativity scenes were in our future. I'm pleased to say that I...

They’re so fresh and fine

My wonderful hubby E. Ho and I were wandering the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market when we saw an enormous line winding around the booth at Gundermann Farm. "Wonder what's going on over there," said E. Ho. "Oh my god," I exclaimed. "Strawberries!" There were tons of them, in little green baskets for $3 apiece....

It’s a hard knocked-up life

Being an Ethicurean and eating for two is more challenging than I thought. For those who didn't know, E. Ho and I are expecting. We're three months along, and this is the first week that I've been able to log into this site without wanting to hurl. Seriously, it's a landmine. Any mention of beef (grassfed...

I’m a bit green…at being green

You know what I love about being ecologically conscious? It's so frugal. I'm from Dutch people, so this appeals to me very much. Take broth, for instance. Instead of dumping five bucks a box on organic free-range chicken or beef broth, I can make my own. Vegetable broth is even more satisfying. I just save...

My accidental resolution

Here's something I never thought I'd think about, much less say aloud: I'm thinking about cutting sugar out of my diet. I stopped drinking alcohol in October, in an effort to quit smoking. It actually really helped - I haven't even wanted a cigarette since then. And I don't have to listen to people say, "Do...

Win a date with an Ethicurean

You have to pay for dinner, though. Alright, I'm just messing with you. The truth is, we're not really dating right now. But I'm glad I have your attention, because the Well Fed Network has announced its nominations for the 2006 Food Blog Awards, and guess who is in the running for Best Group Food Blog?...

Best things in Austin I have eaten so far

Not only had I not eaten these things before 2006, I didn't know what in the hell some of them were. I still don't really know how to pronounce chevre -- I usually tag on a vague "ruh" sound at the end. And tomatillos? I thought those were decorative. But I don't want to spoil the list for you, so without...

Ayote gets my vote

I want everyone to see this squash. In fact, I want everyone to taste this squash. It's from Finca Pura Vida, a certified organic farm in Fayetteville, TX which sells goods at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market on Saturdays. The little girl's name is Giselle. When I began taking pictures of this amazing...

Broth for dummies

You know what I love about being sick? Nothing! The particularly irritating thing about my current cold is that I can't taste anything. However, I did make some chicken broth. Actually, I've been making chicken broth for a long time, I just didn't realize it. I learned from Chickenman that the best way to...

Cream of mushroom soup

When you read that title, did you think of a cylindrical, gelatinous mass, perhaps quivering atop some tuna fresh out of the can, frozen corn kernels and peas, maybe some shredded cheddar? Campbell's cream of mushroom soup is the base that launched a thousand casseroles. But guess what's in it? Most likely,...

Sustain-a-ball!

Attention Ethicurean Austinites! The Austin Sustainable Shopper's Ball will be happening this Saturday, December 9 from 9am-2pm at the Toney Burger Center, right next to the nationally renowned Sunset Valley Farmer's Market. With over 60 solar-powered (!) vendors, you could finish your Christmas shopping...

Get your daikon

Daikon radish, that is. In fact, get all your root vegetables on, because in Austin, they are just now filling up the stands at the farmer's markets. Turnips and beets, radishes, potatoes, yams. "Not my favorite," said hubby E.I. Ho, when I came home bearing a bag of turnips and baby radishes from Boggy...

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