Food & Wine is running an Ultimate Kid Cook Contest , according to my friends out there who read this blog. So local whiz kids looking to make it big should get a hold of Food & Wine Magazine. In their August issue, they will profile some of the most talented young cooks in the U.S. and share the recipes these kids love to make. If you're the parent of a child age 6–??16 who's a whiz in the kitchen and whose dream is to become the next Wiley Dufresne or Grant Achatz, the folks at F & W want to know about him or her. Send them his or her favorite recipe: It might be an original dish, a family recipe, or a recipe from TV, a cookbook, or another source. Winners will be picked by April 23, 2007, and the mag will reprint their favorite recipes in the August issue. To enter, you must submit your recipe and info by April 14.
So we ate dinner last Sunday and watched the Sopranos. Praise the TV Gods for bringing that show back into my life. Check out Slate's great coverage of all things Soprano.
Imus is a blowhard and a showman and a provocateur, and for years I have been one of his fans. Over the last few years I have stopped listening as much because he seems to have gotten less interesting and crustier in his old age. His remarks are out of line and insulting, but the resulting brou-ha-ha has been even stupider. Listening to Al Sharpton berate us all on the issues of racism, sexism, and appopriateness makes me want to remind him of his genesis, bursting on the scene as an agent of exposure and co-conspirator during the Tawana Brawley flap. I think Imus is wrong, dead wrong, but it is also a tad disingenuous for Sharpton to rip him for his comments while not also taking to task the Entertainment Community, within which this kind of language is par for the course. The greatest degraders of people of color, especially women, are the rap/R & B communities. Re: Imus's two week disciplinary hiatus, remember that Jimmy the Greek and many others since then have deservedly lost careers over remarks like this. Don Imus may be getting off easy, we'??ll see.
Just what the world needs! "Stink Free"? durian. Scientists have unlocked the genetic secret and created a scentless hybrid. But a durian that does not stink like your great grannies feet after a long hike is like no-fat crème brûlée or non-alcoholic wine. They are non-events.
My assistant Berit recently sent me to the website of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, located at Iowa State University. We looked at a news release that puts an interesting spin on the attraction of local food consumption. One of the points on the site is that keeping food a local affair inspires more traveling and visiting of other cultures. Simply put, and based on my experiences traveling around the world, I can agree wholeheartedly. Food pathways, especially traditional ones, are dying. Tourism may save some of them; CSAs may save others.
May Farms is associated with the Minnesota Food Association, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Here is some info from their site. Many of you have asked about CSAs, and I would encourage some discussion on this blog about your SPECIFIC experiences so that newcomers to CSAs can choose one this year that best suits their needs, and they can get involved in their own communities.
A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a cooperative between a farm and a local community or supporters, providing a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members cover the farm's operating costs by purchasing a share of the season's harvest at the beginning of the growing season, when the farmer most needs the cash. This ensures that the small local farm will be sustained through bad weather, drops in market prices. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal, fresh produce throughout the growing season. For example, as a member of May Farm CSA in 2007 you will get:
- 18 weeks of clean, farm fresh, seasonal produce, delivered to your home or a nearby drop site.
- Weekly newsletters with recipes and farm stories
- Invitations to our spring, summer and fall festival with hay rack rides, pumpkin picking, food music games and more.
Teach your kids where their food comes from! The peace of mind that comes from knowing where and how your food was grown and knowing that you food dollars are staying in your community. Now you may be wondering what is in your box for this coming year? Well, it may include the following:
June: 3–5 different kinds of Lettuce, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Spring Onions, Green Onions, Beets, Radishes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Salad Mix, Strawberries, Potted Herbs
July–Aug.: Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Big Slicer Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Cabbage, New Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Basil, Herbs
Sept.–??Oct.: 5 different kinds of Winter Squash, 4 different kinds of Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, More Tomatoes, Hot and Sweet Peppers, Herbs, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Onions, Pie Pumpkins, Leeks, Stir Fry Greens, Garlic, and more!