Archive for August, 2009

Animal Planet

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Yesterday was a special “Animal Planet” episode of Veggielution. First we met Chloë, who has a hurt foot, seemingly no fear of people, and a crop now so stuffed full of birdseed that she feels like a Beanie Baby. Monica Lisa really wants to take Chloë home; we’ll see if that happens. Then Belinda saw […]

Pie Ranch

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Last night I completed my around-the-bay food extravaganza with the Pie Ranch “Dinner with Adelaide.” It was a lovely, lovely evening. First delight was the parking area bordered by more naked ladies than I’ve ever seen together in one place. I drove up right behind Tom Broz, of Live Earth Farm, and we talked on […]

Eat Real

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

I had a great time at the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square in Oakland. So much so that I urge you to make some time to go check it out (and it might be cooler tomorrow.) The portions were sized for grazing, and the prices were all in whole dollar increments, and pretty […]

The Tony Estremera Full Employment Act

Friday, August 28th, 2009

(aka AB 466) passed today. Maybe we can get Schwarzenegger to veto it.

Le Menu

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I dropped off the pears at Eulipia this afternoon, anxiously leaving them in the cooler for almost two months. I’m really hoping they’ll just hibernate, but the walk in is pretty cold, and I sorted out all of the ones that weren’t hard and green, so I’m trusting in that. I haven’t totally settled on […]

E is for eggplant, P is for purple

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Today’s CSA box, reveling in late summer, looks like the illustration for a children’s book about colors. We have (clockwise from top left) sweet peppers, red onions, spicy peppers, radishes, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes and eggplant. The latter are cooking even as I type in a sauce for spaghetti alla Norma, since I won’t actually get […]


Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The LA Times reports that the citrus psyllid found in Riverside and Imperial Counties last month has now been spotted in Orange County. It’s not bad in itself, but can transmit a deadly citrus disease that is already wrecking havoc in Florida. Meanwhile, the AP wonders whether LBAM is so bad. I really need to […]

Bounty of Heart’s Delight

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

And, since I said I’d link to it, you can now purchase tickets for our sure-to-be-wonderful fundraising dinner! Click here to purchase tickets! I’ll post more about the menu as it develops, but you know there will be pears and tomatillos!

A pear, a pple

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

That’s one of my favorite B. Kliban comics (that and “Bugs kept away”) and I always think about it when we’re picking pears. We returned to yet another regular Santa Cruz mountain orchard and picked almost a ton of pears, in addition to the other ton that another team had picked here on Saturday. (Can […]

Butchery and Belgian Bier

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Last night, I attended another butchering event, a demonstration and meal by Dave the Butcher (who does have a last name; it’s Budworth.) It was at La Trappe Café in San Francisco, and featured goat, both cut up and cooked. Butchering a goat is very much like butchering a lamb, from what I could see, […]

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