American Holiday Weekend and Victory Gardens

This coming weekend marks the celebratory American holiday of the 4th of July. Many fireworks, parades and other festivities will be happening all over the country. I will be out with my husband again this year to watch our favorite kids’ parade and main parade in the town of Edmonds, Washington. It is so much fun! We just love it!

4th of july(Elderly couple from a previous year of parade watching
photo-Sugar Sand Photography)

I’m also currently reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” (finally!) by Barbara Kingsolver. Her husband, Steven Hopp, also writes small sections throughout the book, and I have an excerpt I want to share (John Raeburn was a local-foods advocate who died in 2006):

“At the beginning of World War II when Germany vowed to starve the U.K. by blocking food imports with U-boats, Raeburn, an agricultural economist, organized the “Dig for Victory” campaign. British citizens rallied, planting crops in backyards, parks, golf courses, vacant lots, schoolyards, and even the moat of the Tower of London. These urban gardens quickly produced twice the tonnage of food previously imported, about 40 percent of the nation’s food supply, and inspired the ‘Victory Garden’ campaign in the United States. When duty called, these city farmers produced.”

Karen and I have a recipe in chapter 7 of Every Bite entitled “Victory Garden Polenta with Tomato Sauce and Greens” with an excerpt before the recipe about Victory Gardens in the U.S.
I remember not knowing much about them at the time of doing that recipe (and coming up with the title) and enjoyed learning about it immensely. How interesting to learn even more by reading about what inspired them in the first place.

I’ve been doing my part in terms of urban gardening! (taken this week on my back deck):

farm

I’m just thinking today about the upcoming holiday celebrating our nation and reading about the people in it who make such a difference by what they can do,  made me even more aware of the power of the people in this and all great nations!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy every bite!

xo

Carol

Recent Seattle Events for Every Bite

We recently did a variety of promotional events for Every Bite a few weeks ago (3 events in 4 days; on top of our main, regular jobs), and while they were all wonderful experiences, we were exhausted by the end!

One event was the Tom Douglas Cookbook Social in downtown Seattle. We really lucked into participating, as we found out about the event late, but were thrilled to be a part of it and had a great time! Here are some photos from that event:

 

A great time and a great venue. Looking forward to doing it again in 2015!

 

Enjoy Every Bite,
Carol & Karen

Happy Birthday Ms. Child! Great Quotes to Celebrate a Food Icon

In celebration of what would have been Julia Child’s 101st birthday today, below are a few of her best quotes. Happy Birthday Ms. Child! We love you and all you have done for food and cooking in the home.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces- just good food from fresh ingredients.”

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

“Fat gives things flavor.”

“Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”

And her inspiration behind all of our extra notes within “Every Bite: How To Make the Most of Your Meals”:
“I found that the recipes in most- in all- the books I had were really not adequate. They didn’t tell you enough… I won’t do anything unless I’m told why I’m doing it. So I felt that we needed fuller explanations so that if you followed one of those recipes, it should turn out exactly right.”