Gimme a lotta (gremolata)

When I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, it struck me that she’d mis-titled it. I know she was in Italy but really her culinary adventures were pretty limited to pizza marguerita and gelato. What she did do in Italy was learn to speak Italian but alas, Speak, Pray, Love would have sold far fewer copies. You see, food sells.

Food Sells - And that includes Beans

Food Sells – And that includes Beans

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Weekend Reading – Plants

A Good Read:

PLANTS
Why you can’t live without them
by B.C. Wolverton and Kozaburo Takenaka

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Weekend Reading – Forks Over Knives Companion

A Good Read:

Forks Over Knives
The How-To Companion
Edited by Gene Stone

Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

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Weekend Reading – A Homemade Life and More

A Good Read:

A Homemade Life
Stories from My Kitchen Table
by Molly Wizenberg

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Weekend Reading – Eating Between the Lines and More

A Good Read:

Eating Between the Lines
The Supermarket Shopper’s Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels
by Kimberly Lord Stewart

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Weekend Reading – Deeply Rooted and More

A Good Read:

Deeply Rooted
Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
by Lisa Hamilton

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Preparing with a Poem in my Pocket

The idea is simple. Find a poem that you love or one that makes you laugh or something that conjures up wistful memories. Write it down. Put it in your pocket and throughout the day, share it with your friends and your coworkers and the people in line at the coffee shop and the students in your class and your family at the dinner table and whoever else you come into contact with. It’s National Poetry Month. Read poetry.

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Celtic Controversy and Cabbage

This fellow St. Patrick has been celebrated in this country for more than 200 years and in Ireland for close to 2000. We have a storybook on my son’s bookshelf that we’ve read over the years which tells the most familiar story. It’s about a young boy named Maewyn who was born to a tax collector in the Roman British empire. This version of the story tells that he was sold into slavery and shipped to Ireland. His captors forced him to herd sheep and he did so until he escaped 6 years later.

Modern Rendition of Maewyn

Modern Rendition of Maewyn

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Conversation with an Artisan: Letty Flatt

“I wonder if this call’s important. It’s the second time they’ve tried me.” Letty speculated about the phone she wasn’t answering.  A few minutes later we were discussing our involvement with local CSAs and she had an Aha, “Oh, that was the call! Eggs today and I didn’t leave money on the porch.”  The fact that she’d ordered fresh organic free-range eggs wasn’t my only clue that she isn’t a vegan. The first was when I asked her directly. Her reply?  “No, um – cheese.”  We were instantly kindred spirits.

Letty Flatt, Executive Pastry Chef and Author of Chocolate Snowball

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Late Night Frivolity

Last March I wrote about the delicious evening meals enjoyed on our annual ski trip and the fellowship that endures around the table. This tradition also includes a post-dinner game night. Over the years, we’ve engaged in scavenger hunts, intense Pictionary matches, unforgettable charades and high-tech Olympics.

Red Team responding to Quiz Show

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