A Good Read:
A Homemade Life
Stories from My Kitchen Table
by Molly Wizenberg
Molly Wizenberg is the creator and writer of the blog, Orangette. She is also a cultural anthropologist with deep kitchen experience. The combination is in itself, a delicious recipe.
Wizenberg is a storyteller and her stories are most often personal histories punctuated with tongue warming dishes that are woven in as intricate details. What I most appreciated from her writing is her own admission that recipes on their own are quite boring but it is the context, the human event and the history that we set the recipe inside which creates a worthwhile tale. Such is the case of this book. Many chapters are tributes to her beloved father, Burg and then from her blog emerges a romance wrapped in shaved fennel, asian pears and parmesan.
I received this lovely book from a regular reader, Heather. When I began reading, it seemed that most of the recipes were of the sweet and dessert variety. The timing was good since I had a 13 year old birthday to bake for and Molly’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Bittersweet Glaze disappeared from the serving platter faster than….. Since then, I’ve dog-eared many pages that I plan to come back to inside of my own kitchen and they are always her savory dishes such as Ed Fretwell Soup, Cream Braised Green Cabbage, and Carmelized Cauliflower with Salsa Verde.
Good Food Blogs:
Even with Halloween behind us, Pumpkin Palooza goes on. Check out the modern heritage foodstead of the Auburn Meadows Farm and this hearty spicy pumpkin bean soup.
Across the globe, Tes at Home provided an idea about stuffing the whole pumpkin with a Thai curry. This looks remarkably easy and I’m dying to try it. Could be featured on a Thanksgiving table soon?
Of course, my favorite part is the seed. Here is a new twist on roasting them with a lot of interest spices from Ruchikala at the Art of Taste
In Other Food News:
From Food Policy Action, Washington has been put on the menu. This group is developing a scorecard based on votes taken during the 112th Congress. The votes cover a range of issues from food safety, hunger, farm subsidies, food labeling, organic food and local food systems and lawmakers are rated on their food policy. Even coming out of an election, I think knowing where individuals stand will serve our needs better going forward.
If you’re a coffee drinker as I am, then it’s quite likely that your early morning beans were harvested by women. NPR introduces us to four women who are working to change the nature of that harvest.
Finally, get ready to party like it’s 1949 because technically with the expiration of the farm bill, we now revert to the policy drawn up that year. Many individuals and policy groups alike see the farm bill as priority one for a new Congress.
Finally, here in my home, we’ve been busy with local festivals, farm to table dinners, and this weekend, the Tour de Coops (showing off neighborhood chickens). Stay tuned for photos and recipes and a blog facelift.
What are you reading this weekend?