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Red bowl full of winter comfort

Winter and soup go together like cold feet and comfy, goose down slippers. Once the weather turns cooler, I begin my seasonal longing for soup's warmth and comfort. And when I find enough time to make a huge pot of soup for sharing with friends and family -- with enough left over for another meal -- I...

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...

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,...

Hooked on Hydroponics

The following is a guest post from HydroPops, Omniwhore's dad. He is an expert in hydroponic gardening, and we at the Ethicurean are lucky that he is willing to share his knowledge with us. He made some excellent videos several years ago teaching people how to make their own systems -- which he sold the...

Not just for Oompa Loompas – a tour of Theo Chocolate

A couple of months ago, Man of La Muncha brought home a chocolate bar along with our normal haul of groceries. I pounced on the bar as it emerged from the shopping bag, to find that the flavor was, (ahem), "Bread and Chocolate". The brand was 3400 Phinney, and the maker was someone we had not heard of...

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...

Do the write thing: NaNoWriMo, meet NaNoBloPo

It's November 1. Last year, at this same time of night, I was more than 2,000 words into National Novel Writing Month, the fiction-writing marathon started by the inspiring Chris Baty. Almost 60,000 people signed up worldwide; only 1 out of 6 crossed the 50,000-word finish line on Nov. 30. I was one of...

“Sometimes” food: Talking to kids about eating well

Dairy Queen and I were recently talking about the delicateness of conveying Ethicurean views to friends who are not as focused on their food. We don't, after all, want to be pushy or preachy. In a sense, this is part of a larger anxiety in America right now about sincerity. Politically and spiritually, the...

Pepper has a Southern drawl

"No animal understands its relationship to the farmer like a cow does." Chickenman and I are walking Pepper back to the pasture -- she hopped the fence in order to be near her calf, Creampuff, who was at a neighbor's house. All night long they were mooing at each other. When asked why Creampuff ran away...

Capsicum lately

I snagged these gorgeous peppers from Scott Arbor Farm, a family farm located in Seguin, about 50 miles south of Austin. I always make a beeline to their stand at the downtown Austin Farmer's Market. According to their website, they have been farming organically at the same location for 32 years. They were...

Locavore Resources in the Puget Sound

Earlier this week, Man of La Muncha and I met up with Jenni and Lisa, two of the co-founders of our meat CSA (meat countdown T minus 22 days!) to talk about our reactions to reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. We discussed our shifts in thinking and how eating sustainably, organically, locally,...

Tomatoh, Tomatow

It was going to be the quintessential blog posting. Sir Loin and I were set to spend the whole weekend up at the house of Madame La Vache (otherwise known as the grandmother of Miss Steak). This other blog entry I was going to write fell through, so I thought, well, Madame La Vache has a great garden with a...

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