May 24, 2010 Comments Off on Go Learn: Local Food Seminar in Charlottesville
I went to a local food seminar in March which was right around when I started to eat local. It was a great experience I got to meet other people that were interested in the same things that I was. More importantly I got to ask question, of both the speakers and other participants, because hey eating local doesn’t come easy. Lucky for you if you live in the Charlottesville area there is one coming up on Wednesday, and the guys from Zinc(who blog) will be there too. I would totally be there, but I will be quelling my anxiety and mood and be on a plane to Vermont. Have fun Foodies
Seasonal Meal Planning and Preparation Seminar
May 26, 2010
Clay Fitness in Belmont (below Bel Rio)
233 Douglas Avenue
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Making eating decisions based on what is grown locally has many proven benefits such as investing in your local economy and reducing your carbon footprint. When it comes to personal health, consuming local food guarantees that your food is more nutritious, safer, and better tasting. Learn to plan, purchase, and prepare your local food in this informative seminar and take home some delicious recipes. Nosh on locally prepared food from Zinc Restaurant after demonstration by Chef Justin Hershey. Call 245.2288 to register; fee is $25.00. Call Laura Glassow at 434.262.6235 for more information.
May 21, 2010 Comments Off on Friday Garden Lust
I was totally going to write this great and illustrious garden lust post, but I got a really bad migraine and was too busy resisting the urge to gauge my eyes out.
So instead lets just look at pretty pictures of peonies from the interwebs, since I am lusting after the ones in the park. Plus they are pretty, and that is always a fair excuse.
May 19, 2010 Comments Off on Eating Local Means You Have to Be An Adult…OK Not Really
I finally managed to start buying all my produce from the farmer’s market. This is great. I get to support local farmers, I get a reason to drag my disagreeing ass out of bed on a Saturday, and I get to feel so close to my community members as they try to mow me down with their strollers. All and all I love the market and the produce is always fresh, and despite people playing stroller derby, I have already had some really great conversations with some vendors.
The only problem is that I suffer from poor planning or impulsiveness ,I can’t really decide, but I am pretty sure they are pretty much the same thing. Any how, no fail I have been running out of cohesive meal food, you know what I mean like actual planned meals that you dream up in your head ahead of time or you have a recipe for as opposed to some weird bastardized pasta dish (although the one we made last weeks was delicious-Hint add butter.) But I have started to come up with some methods to prevent you and myself from reaching in the fridge and eating the first two things next to each other. I have seen people do that and result was broccoli and Hershey’s syrup and it gave me the vomititis, so don’t do it
How to make your local food bounty last the week.
1. Plan Things
Get a journal or just get all those recipes that you have been tearing out of magazines all crazy like and sit down and figure out everything you need to cook a week’s worth of meals. Don’t forget even though weekends are foot loose and fancy free time, they often still require food too work. I’ve already discussed why I am not good at this before, but lets refresh: I buy pretty vegetables at the market and I procrastinate on planning meals.
2. Cryogenically Freeze Stuff
Ok maybe not cryogenically, just in a ziploc bag. Buy more produce than you can eat and freeze it, I’ve explained how to do kale and other leafy greens here, that way if you run out ideas you can always throw a quick vegetable on and make a simple meat side,Also don’t let leftovers sit in the fridge and rot, put them in the freezer too, so when you are whiney and depressed or just being lazy you just have to pull stuff out of freezer and place it in the microwave.
3. Poor People Eat Soup
Why do poor people eat soup? Well because it is cheap, easy, and last forever. Make soup, freeze, be lazy , be merry.