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Meat Labeling 101 for restaurant critics

From a restaurant review in today's Baltimore Sun: Good cheap eats are something I'm all for, particularly when there's a nod to the new millennium's sensibilities. The sausage is 100 percent beef and all natural, and the poultry is hormone- and steroid-free. The pork is premium natural White Marble Farms...

White Marble Farms: Tempest in a pork chop?

I have a piece in the San Francisco Chronicle's food section today — my first. It's about going to the Globe, a San Francisco restaurant that makes a point of serving sustainable food, and seeing a White Marble Farms pork rib chop on the menu. My husband ordered it, and it was wonderfully tender and juicy,...

Food + drink: Pair in Seattle

Last Tuesday, Man of La Muncha and I picked up our final CSA box of the season.  Along with a bounty of winter squash (including tasty delicatas), we received the final newsletter of the year, which informed us that Helsing Junction produce would be featured on the menu of Pair, a local small-plates...

Baltimore brews

Updated with photos! Our long residence on the West Coast gave us the impression that there is no decent beer east of the Rockies until you cross the Canadian border or reach Europe. This bias could have been argued until the mid-1990s. I remember business trips to the East Coast where the only alternatives...

Ethicureans abroad: or, our visit to Baltimore

Update: We've added photos after a slight delay.--MolM. This last weekend, Man of La Muncha and I traveled to Baltimore for a friend's wedding. The wedding was wonderful, and we met (and in some cases, re-met) a lot of very fun and interesting people. But, of course, any trip involving Ethicureans involves...

Ethicurean feast: Five courses at Manka’s Inverness Lodge

The Dairy Queen Mother is in town visiting from DC, and last week Surfer Sis and I went with her to Stinson Beach for a few nights. After my first-ever attempt at surfing (not successful), in Bolinas, we had a not-very-memorable dinner in Stinson. Well, that's not quite true: the raw Tomales Bay oysters...

A Drunken Boat? No, a Stumbling Goat!

Last night, I came home from work to find my kitchen overrun by Ethicureans. Man of La Muncha was mixing cocktails for the crowd. Dairy Queen was here, as was Potato Non Grata. For the first time, we met Omniwhore, E-I-E-I Ho, Momniwhore, and Dadniwhore. The plan was to have pre-dinner drinks and then head...

Digest: Disappearing skills, Crescent City crisis, offal good

New York Times*: County- and state-fair cooking competitions across America are seeing fewer and fewer jams, canned vegetables, and local fare like apple butter. According to one contest organizer, "Canning is the hardest thing to learn from a book, and the women who really knew how to do it are all gone....

Digest: USDA swindles again, Monsanto’s still greedy

Washington Post*: A federal court concluded last week that the USDA repeatedly broke the law by allowing genetically-engineered crops to be planted on hundreds of acres in Hawai'i without first studying their impact. New York Times*: Monsanto will control even more of our seeds. The deal to buy Delta and...

Digest: Dietgeist gets some props, farm-to-table roadblocks

Los Angeles Times: At last, someone else recognizes what we've been preaching for months — a real food revolution is in the works. Dubbing this dietgeist the "Summer of Food," Regina Schrambling details the "choir of disparate voices [that] has been sending the same message through books, magazines and the...

Salumi Part I: We discover Salumi

It starts like this... The Butter Bitch and I are driving home from work late one evening in early May. Both of us officially work on the east side of Lake Washington and have worked nearly 12 hours. The sun has set, but traffic is very light at this time of night. Neither of us wants to cook and neither...

Cafe Flora – A Place for Locavore Vegetarians

A few weeks ago, when Seattle had just joined the rest of the country in the Land of Sweltering Heat, Man of La Muncha and I made plans to have dinner with M. and K., friends we hadn't seen in a while. After much emailing, we settled on Cafe Flora in Madison Valley, which serves locally sourced, seasonable,...

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