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Our Lady of Yerba Mate

April 4th, 2013 · 12 Comments

A few months ago I was standing at the counter of Chaco Canyon, a favorite local cafe, and I guess I was staring over-long at the tea menu because the barista took matters into her own hands and said, “I think you should try mate.  Put a little honey or agave in it.  You’ll like [...]

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Tags: food, herbs

A Visit to Bluebird Grain Farms: Let the Holiday Baking Begin!

November 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Bluebird Grain Farms produces the most beautiful and delicious  flours I have ever used.  So when we drove across the rainy autumn mountain pass a couple weeks ago to spend a few days in Winthrop and the Methow Valley, visiting the farm was a highlight for me. We followed a winding dirt road miles out [...]

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Tags: bread, food

Deconstructing Dinner: An Interview at The Tangled Nest for a New TV Series

September 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Last Saturday I was delighted to welcome the good folks from Deconstructing Dinner for an afternoon at The Tangled Nest.  Until a couple of years ago, Deconstructing Dinner was an internationally syndicated radio show covering food and the emerging food culture, with a focus on the relationship between our food choices and ourselves, our households, [...]

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Tags: chickens, eggs, food, urban farming

Eggs: Fresh and Freshest

April 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

In France, farm eggs at the market are stamped with two dates:  “Fresh until,” and “Extra-fresh until…” You can actually request extra-fresh eggs from your fromager/egg-monger! Eggs are extra-fresh until they are about 7 days old, and during this time are best for coddling, poaching, mayonnaise, aioli, mousse, or a very special cake. If you [...]

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Tags: books, chickens, eggs, food

Autumn Scenes from an Urban Smallholding

September 28th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I love the idea of a “smallholding.”  It’s a term still used in England, one I re-discovered while leafing through a favorite book the other day, The Freedom Manifesto by Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson (also love The Idler…).  A smallholding is a modest parcel of land, usually just one-family’s-worth, that supports some farming and other [...]

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Tags: chickens, food, fruit trees, garden, urban farming

Kelly and Erik From Root Simple: Bees, Bread, And Radical Home Economics

May 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

A guest post from Tom: In a perfect storm of mismatched calendars, Lyanda was doing a reading in Portland this week while Kelly and Erik of the blog Root Simple (formerly Homegrown Evolution) were in the Seattle area, doing events in support of their great new book Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer [...]

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Tags: bees, books, food, urban farming