Archive | August, 2007

Time to can

26 Aug

Today the big canning pot came up from the basement and Josh and I decided to dedicate half of our day to making salsa. This is late in the season for us. In previous years we have started canning as early as June or July – making pickles and dilly beans, jam with those early summer strawberries. So it felt like it was about time today as we took inventory of the jars we had in stock and went out to get new lids for this year’s batches. Continue reading

Footing the Bill

25 Aug

The first in a series of articles on the Farm Bill.

From econ.lastate.eduSome of you might know that in the past month I began a new job, working for a fantastic media reform organization (Free Press). One of our main talking points at Free Press focuses on how the current media system we have (i.e. ultra consolidated, corporately controlled, homogonous, infotainment) is not the natural outgrowth of market forces. It is easy to view our consolidated media – where a mere six companies control more than 75% of what we see, hear, and read – as the result of business deals and the laws supply and demand at work.

In reality, since America’s founding, our media has been shaped explicitly and intentionally by policies originally designed to promote diverse viewpoints and protect freedom of the press. America’s founders understood that information is the lifeblood of democracy. However, in recent decades these polices have been eroded by big money and corporate lobbyists who have inserted themselves into the policy making process and pushed the public out of the picture. To fix our media we have to fix the policies, to fix the policies we need to insert ourselves back into the policy making process.

So what does this have to do with food?

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The Smell of Tomatoes

14 Aug

From wikipedia I may be going out on a limb here – but does anyone else know that incredible, unique, and lovely smell of tomatoes? Not just tomatoes, but more specifically, tomato stems freshly snapped from the vine. There is nothing like it.

Today, Erica and I arrived at the farm and the air was thick with late summer humidity. The overcast sky made it seem like it should be cool or even crisp out, but instead the steely gray of the clouds just seemed to weigh down on us, heavy like damp newspaper

The farm was stocked with the first melons of the season, which in and of itself was exciting. The interlocking mesh of the rind was stretched tight over hundreds of little cantaloupes in the big wooden bins. Even though I know that you test their ripeness by how tightly the mellon has grown into its crosshatched rind, I couldn’t help but tap lightly with the tips of my fingers and listen for the hollow knocking sound that someone once told me I am supposed to hear. Continue reading

A Bright Idea?

11 Aug

Glowing Tomato

Simply put, we here at Kitchen Dancing are against wasting food. That said, when I stumbled upon this a few days ago, the first thought I had was, “This is what you could do with all those lame tasting, store bought, genetically modified, factory farmed, meaty, under ripe tomatoes that people buy in the winter months.

Make A GLOWING TOMATO ! – video powered by Metacafe

I could a food activism project that involved sneaking down the shopping market isles and injecting this concoction into all the tomatoes except the local or organic ones. It would make a startling point.

Food Photography, part 1

7 Aug

I love pictures of food. Veggies are art – that is all there is to it. I just stumbled on some wonderful food photography at this little blog. I thought I would share some here, but I really encourage you to go check it out for yourself at the photographer’s flickr page.

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