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Waiting for spring with bee’s knees

While Nosher of the North hunkers down under a blizzard that has been called brutal and pummeling, and while our California and Texas friends bask in warm weather, the Butter Bitch and I are waiting for spring. The weather in Seattle has been bad this year, but far better than winters from our youths in the...

Digest: Wild birds cleared, USDA censured, protection from transgenic corn

Bird-flu CSI: It's official — comparison between the UK and Hungarian strains of the avian-flu virus reveals the highest genetic match, much more so than the strains found in wild birds. Press release Dept. of About Time: A federal judge ruled yesterday that the USDA failed to adequately assess possible...

Detox

I am about to turn a corner in my life. A sharp corner. This isn't a story about eating organic food, or even local food. This is a story about not eating any food at all. Besides eating to survive, I have been getting more deeply involved in food and eating for about 20 years. It all began when I was 16...

Digest: Greens packaging, clone progeny, Fiji brand

Bacteria love bagged lettuce: Scientists are now confirming the obvious — that processing, mixing, and bagging leafy greens promotes the spread of bacteria like E. coli, just like it has in the hamburger industry. Others claim the Vegetable Industrial Complex, with its triple baths of chlorinated water, is...

Digest: Raw-milk row redux, state of the oceans, biotech crops up, what would Mao order?

Rah rah for raw milk: Ignore those people claiming raw milk has cured their asthma — all unpasteurized milk is dirty and dangerous, say FDA and state health officials. But as this article makes clear, the regulators are overlooking a crucial point: how raw milk from industrial, feedlot dairies destined for...

Eclectic Oregon pinot noir: Medici

Over the past two Thanksgiving holidays, the Butter Bitch and I have found ourselves in the Oregon wine country, sampling a number of excellent wines and enjoying the scenery. Our tour of wineries has exposed us to a number of top-flight wines and a few clunkers, reinforced our opinions of much-loved...

Wine Blogging Wednesday #29: Biodynamic wines

The fine folks at Fork & Bottle are hosting this months' Wine Blogging Wednesday, in which people drink wine and blog about it. We can get behind that. This month's focus is on biodynamic wines. I'm still uncertain what to think about biodynamics, even after the Butter Bitch read and wrote about...

Biodynamic vs. organic

Recently, Man of La Muncha and I have been seeing an increasing number of wines on the shelf of our local grocery store touted as biodynamic--far more than are labeled as organic. When we ask wine vendors about the difference between biodynamic and organic, we typically are told that biodynamic wines are...

Vodka taste-off: Square One Organic Vodka vs. Russian Standard Imperia

I like vodka. I like vodka gimlets (fresh lime juice plus a splash of Rose's, up), vodka tonics, Cosmopolitans, Bloody Marys… To vodka aficionados, therefore, I am a nitwit. Vodka nerds do not dilute their precious spirit with any other tastes, any more than oenophiles drink wine coolers. Remember those...

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...

“Best of the Puget Sound” list

Not to be outdone by a list of favorites from our old stomping grounds, we here in the Puget Sound region have our own list of fine foods to celebrate. With one exception, we had not encountered these treats before 2006. 1. Fish Brewing Company's Winterfish: This seasonal, organic beer from Olympia - well...

Digest: E. coli update, Frankenvines, more

New York Times: Battered by E. coli outbreaks, three major produce industry groups are calling voluntarily for government regulation; one has worked with California officials in California on creating a formal system of farm inspections, regulations of water and soil quality and sanitation and even...

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