Archive for September, 2009


Friday, September 18th, 2009

Yesterday’s breathless account of the CAG meeting pushed off our usual Thursday feature, and I even forgot an anecdote. Dr. Robert Gross, the distinguished former SCVWD Director from District 3, attended the meeting as an interested member of the public, and told me, rather cryptically, “I still think you’re too young.” I replied that time […]


Thursday, September 17th, 2009

At last night’s CAG meeting, we spent quite a while discussing that survey question about priorities that has been bothering me so much. Most of the other CAG members agreed that the discussion of the question in the report on the public meeting, especially in the short summary of the results, did not accurately reflect […]

Link Belt

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I’m off to a WPCP CAG meeting this evening, where I’ll be sure to point out the impossibility of the CAG members’ number one priority for the plant upgrade being “improved architectural features.” But here are a couple interesting links. Serious Eats has a post on community supported kitchens, kind of like Dream Dinners, but […]

Fight. Love. Live.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

We picked some apples at Filoli this morning, in the beautiful old orchard that is being lovingly restored by Alex Fernandez, their head horticulturalist. They pick themselves for fruit tastings for the members of Filoli, and not everything was ripe yet, but we picked about 10 large trees’ worth of fruit. Filoli is in the […]

More songs about buildings and food

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Or food, anyway. Via Serious Eats comes One Ring Zero’s Recipe Project, where the band asks their favorite chefs for recipes and musical styles, then sings the recipe verbatim. There’s Andrea Reusing’s Pickled Pumpkin, in an indie-folk style, Michael Symon’s Octopus Salad with Black-Eyed Peas in hilarious heavy metal, Chris Cosentino’s Brains and Eggs, in […]

A pygmy elephant, maybe

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Happy Mexican Independence Day! In honor of the day, I cooked nopalitos and verdolagas today at Veggielution. I’ve never harvested cactus paddles before, so I chose only the two youngest, most tender ones. I think I can probably go a little more mature next time, although I didn’t have a vegetable peeler today, so I […]


Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Filoli on Tuesday!


Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I did pick up my box last week, although I didn’t blog about it. This week’s box is the usual late summer wonderfulness, with two extra-wonderful treats: a watermelon and green chickpeas! That’s a lot of wonderfulness, no? Clockwise from the bottom, we have: apples, raspberries, butter lettuce, basil, collards, Early Girl tomatoes, peppers, red […]


Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

There is a nice article in the LA Times about gleaning and neighborhood produce exchanges. Nancy Garrison, Willow Glen Master Gardener extraordinaire, has been talking about starting a produce exchange here; now that the LBAM restrictions have been loosened, maybe it will come to pass. Serious Eats has been tilting ever more in a sustainable, […]

Our Nation’s Capital

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I had a lot of fun in Baltimore, visiting a friend from college. We spent Saturday in DC, where I found the signs to be a bit testy. I had two very memorable meals. The first was in Baltimore, at Woodberry Kitchen, where the knowledgeable server and my friend struggled to make me understand that […]

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