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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...

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...

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...

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...

Passing the six-month marker

Our half-birthday was Nov. 9, but we forgot. Blog years are like dog years — six months seems like a long time, so we wanted to take stock. Posts: 413 Traffic: From 475 visitors in May — probably all of them people who knew our real names — to being on track for 8,000+ in November. (We average 750 to 1,000...

Digest: You say macro, we say micro; Hearst beef; Turin redux

Slate.com: Tyler Cowen critiques Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" from a macroeconomic perspective and finds it wanting — yet his critique is curiously (and dismally) unsatisfying, too. Cowen says that Pollan's desire for food-cost transparency is "an unattainable ideal, given the...

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...

Like Water for Chicken Pot Pie

I've made some discoveries recently. First of all -- I am not as good at pies as Man of La Muncha is. And the photos of the pies aren't as good as his either. Damn that Man of La Muncha for raising the bar on pies. Fine, he had one that looked like Mr. Yuck one time, but that's kind of cool. I made a...

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