Archive | December, 2007

Making Eating Public

16 Dec

I first heard the term “guerrilla gardening” when I was living in Providence, Rhode Island. A good friend of mine was working for the Southside Community Land Trust there, helping on their various farms and running their weekly farmers market. He used to make seed balls with sunflower seeds and top soil, packing them into tight dark little knots. Then he would ride around the city tossing the balls of dirt into abandoned lots.
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Food Songs, part one

16 Dec

This is the first of a new series of posts on the intersection of food and music.
If you have ideas of other songs about food – let me know!

Canned Goods

We’ll let the wild winter wind bellow and blow
I’m as warm as a July tomato

[chorus:]

There’s peaches on the shelf, potatoes in the bin
Supper ready, everybody come on in
Taste a little of the summer
Taste a little of the summer
Taste a little of the summer
Grandma put it all in jars

Well there’s a root cellar, fruit cellar down below
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Quick Bites: Kitchen Tips

16 Dec

Plan A Menu
Erica and I love to cook most when we think ahead a little. We have a lot to learn about menu planning, and this post offers some great places to get started.

Test Your Kitchen Chops
My uncle once told me that if I knew how to chop an onion I could woo any women in th the world. Aside from the chauvinistic overtones, the idea of wielding a knife like the chefs on TV is an alluring prospect. Check out this video to hone your skills.

Fight Moods with Foods
I tend to scoff at the food as medicine tips that show up in so many health magazines (i.e. six foods that will improve your memory, three fruits that will make you smile, eight nuts that will save your heart, etc…) However there was an interesting piece in Men’s Health that lists six snacks for six moods. For example:

  • Your Mood: Restless You need some serious shut-eye before the big day.
  • Your Meal: Nonfat popcorn half an hour before you go to bed
  • Here’s Why: The carbs will induce your body to create serotonin, a neurochemical that makes you feel relaxed. “Make sure it’s fat-free, because fat will slow the process of boosting serotonin levels,” says Somer.

All these tips come via Lifehacker.com – check them out for more.

Vegtable Orchestra

16 Dec

I would like to think that one of the things we do here at Kitchen Dancing is to celebrate food, especially veggies. A friend recently sent me this video, and I have to say that these people know how to not only celebrate food, but also celebrate with food. Enjoy.

Food Photography – Part Three

9 Dec

My friend Dave Viale recently sent me some photos from his kitchen and I wanted to share them here. The photos began with Dave simply testing our his new digital camera, but led to a full kitchen photo shoot.

There was something about these photos that really captured my attention. At first I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, but in an email exchange with Dave, he actually nailed it for me. Continue reading

Dissonance

1 Dec

There are lots of times when the nightly news leaves me shaking my head in awe, in anger, or in anguish. But there are other times when some combination of news items creates such a profound sense of dissonance that it sticks with me for days or weeks, haunting my thoughts.

Recently I read two reports that individually were troubling, but together presented an odd and uncomfortable sense that something is utterly and terribly wrong with our society. Something at the core of who we are as people, or at least who we have become.

I’ll summarize both here. Continue reading