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Going local in P’cola

Apparently it's squash-appreciation week here at the Ethicurean. (See the Butter Bitch's and Omniwhore's posts below.) The above picture is more about the view from Granny Sweet-n-Sour's deck than it is about the organic butternut squash, but still, ain't it purdy? I bought the squash from Ever'man's co-op...

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...

There’s a reason eggs are associated with spring

Last weekend, I was making French toast for breakfast, and pulled out the carton of eggs we received with our last beef CSA shipment.  Upon opening the carton, I was surprised by how much smaller the eggs are now that the seasons have changed.  Where I would normally use two eggs, I used four.  As a result,...

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...

The Ethicurean Gift Guide: Presents for SOLE foodies

Like it or not, the giving season is upon us. Today marks the start of Shop Local First week in San Francisco (and elsewhere), which culminates with a 40-vendor sale Saturday in Union Square on Saturday. The Mission Merchants Association is offering coupons, along with a downloadable retail map. If you're...

Ethicureans out of water: Field trip to the downtown Phoenix market

"I feel like a junkie in a strange town with no drug connection," confessed Omniho to me a few days ago. I knew exactly what she meant. My cousin-in-law and I, along with our respective spouses, have been spending the Thanksgiving holiday in the SOLE food desert of Phoenix, alternating large-group meals at...

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...

Gobble, gobble: A turkey primer and resource guide

Most Americans learned in elementary school that the first Thanksgiving meal was actually a harvest feast with which the Pilgrims celebrated growing their first successful New World crops: corn, squash, and beans. What they didn't tell us was that the first European settlers preferred to dine on salt meat...

We heart mutants

A trip to Boggy Creek Farm this morning was supposed to be sort of like Dairy Queen's CSA challenge -- where you get your box of food from the farm and have a bunch of friends over and you cook it all and get really, really drunk. And it was just like that -- except I was only with one friend (who will be...

The trouble with teens, Ethicurean-style

The following is a guest post from Grocery Goddess, budding Ethicurean and friend o' Omniwhore. She writes about a true omnivore's dilemma -- what to do about a teen eating machine. Nothing is quite so intimidating as having an Ethicurean in the house when you are unloading the groceries. You see, Omniwhore...

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...

Future of Food, the second coming

If you watched the Future of Food (see Corn Maven's review), chances are you found yourself tearing up over the plight of Percy Schmeiser, the independent farmer who was sued by GM corporation goliath, Monsanto. Not GM as in General Motors, although in my opinion their practices are just as horrifying....

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