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Interview with a forager

On Sunday, Man of La Muncha and I went to the Ballard Farmers' Market. Each of us had a goal - he wanted to find back fat to pursue his goal of making lard, and I wanted to talk to the foragers and find out more about the found food that they sell. Once we got to the farmers' market, I made my way to the...

Meat CSAs: Seattle 2, Bay Area 0

Another meat CSA has announced announced availability to Seattle residents. Williamson Farms will deliver their variety pack to Seattle residents on a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis. They join Crown S Ranch in bringing sustainably raised beef to the Puget Sound region. Not that we are keeping count,...

Digest: Ballard’s green goal, save the milkweed, bovine accents

Sustainable Ballard: Ballard, a protectorate of Seattle and home to two of the Ethicurean team, intends to become the first carbon-neutral community in the United States. Boston Globe: Heartfelt editorial about the need to save the beautiful monarch butterfly and the milkweed — the only plant on which it...

Corn-o-rama

Even if we Americans are "corn chips with legs" (Berkeley biologist Todd Dawson as quoted by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore's Dilemma), there is still something to be said for fresh corn eaten as summer winds down and autumn begins creeping in through the back door. Man of La Muncha and I received a bounty...

Lucky bastards of the Northwest

E. I. Ho and I had a wonderful time visiting the Northwest last week. We went to Seattle and then took the train to Vancouver to visit some friends. Both locations were crazy rich with wonderful local food. Not to be Mistress of the Obvious here, but rain really does good things for local harvest choices....

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...

Lettuce Cups

We've gotten a lot of lettuce in our CSA box during this last month, and the produce is not only plentiful but large. One head barely fit into our crisper. Salad can get dull after a while if one does not mix things up, so the Butter Bitch and I were happy to get inspiration by happenstance. We caught the...

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,...

Salumi Part II: We Eat our Piece of the Pig

The Salumi adventure continues... On Friday, while Man of la Muncha is out traversing the serpentine streets of Seattle searching for Salumi, I am trapped at work, where a particularly hellacious week is coming to a long, painful end. At around 8 p.m., Man of La Muncha calls and asks how much longer I'll...

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,...

Everybody must get doned!

"Getting doned" is how a friend in Portland referred to the consumption of milk and donuts. He rhymed "doned" with stoned because "getting doned" has a satisfyingly stupefying effect. Apparently, being from Nevada isn't just about guns, gambling, and the mob, but also about how to alter one's consciousness...

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