Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste (from Food52)

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(herbs recently collected from my garden for a variety of kitchen uses)
photo: Sugar Sand Photography

Just came across yet another fantastic piece from Food52 (have I mentioned how much I love their site? Great info, and just adore their photography); this time about recipes to reduce kitchen waste. There are 30 recipes here to give you some tasty ideas on how to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try out some of the recipes and let us know what you think (and if you have some other ideas for ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen) here on the blog. (I’m particularly looking forward to trying the apple peel bourbon recipe. I am from the South after all so I do like my bourbon!)

Food52- 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Enjoy Every Bite!
C

 

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):

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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

Brand New Farmers Market-SLU area of Seattle!

We are very excited and honored to participate in the inaugural year of the Terry Avenue Saturday Market (“TASM”) in the South Lake Union area of downtown Seattle! It will be from 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday from now until September. This is great to have a new farmers market for this area of town.

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Here is a link to a great article about the new market:
TASM-recent article

And an exerpt from their facebook page:
“From the organizers of the Ballard Farmers Market and the Fremont Sunday Market, comes our latest sister market along the old brick streets of Terry Avenue with over 40 local vendors weekly.”

 

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We would love to see you there on Saturday to support local farmers and Every Bite!

xo
C & K

57 Best Cooking Tips of All Time!

You’ve GOT to check out this list from Epicurious: the “57 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Cook Right Now”

Epicurious-57 Best Cooking Tips

We think this is a really fantastic and useful list with really great tips; most of which, if not all, we currently use, implement, and/or do.

Enjoy and Enjoy Every Bite!

K&C

 

Upcoming Events in May for Every Bite

We will be participating in a couple of great events in the month of May and we are very excited and honored to be a part of both.

The 1st one is on Sunday, May 17th from 11am-4pm at the Lynnwood Convention Center. It is called the “Celebration of Food” Festival, and it is an event organized by the Edmonds Community College to “taste, explore, and experience real food.”
From the press release: “In our fourth year, we are still running a very unique event. We bring people together from Snohomish County and beyond and showcase delicious, local, wholesome food,” said festival organizer Chris Hudyma. “Our intent is to foster a community that is passionate about real food. It’s a journey for people to rediscover that they can grow and cook their own food and that it can taste so much better than the processed food we so often eat in this country.”

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In addition to us being there to promote Every Bite, other confirmed attendees include: Café Ladro, Gelatoicious, Krazy Good, Millie’s Savory Tea, Smith Brothers Dairy, Theo Chocolate, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, SnoIsle Natural Food, Camano Island Mills, Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces and Spring Rolls, Rich Nature super berries, Shambala Gluten Free Bakery, Sno Isle Coop, Taylor Shellfish, Williams Sonoma, and Haggen’s.
We are super exited to participate and we hope to see you there. Be sure and add May 17th to your calendar!

 

The 2nd event is the 17th Annual Bastyr Herb and Food Fair on May 30th. It is from 10am-5pm at the Juanita campus of Bastyr University (see link for address: www.bastyr.edu).
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The title of this year’s event is “Get Down with your Roots: Celebrating Heritage from Earth to Table” with the two keynote speakers listed below:

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A summary/description about this years event: “The Bastyr University Herb & Food Fair is a student-run event that emphasizes numerous connections that herbs, nutrition, and other natural medicines have with supporting the health and wellness of our community. Throughout the day, fair participants are introduced to local and renowned professionals, including herbalists, culinary artists, nutritionists, educators, entertainers, and more. At this time, we are cordially inviting you to be a part of this year’s celebration.”

We are so thrilled to participate in both these great, informative events. Please join us if you can for one or both! And keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

Enjoy Every Bite,
Carol and Karen

 

1st Anniversary of First Books

We can’t BELIEVE it was a year ago that we received the first advanced copies of Every Bite! It was beyond thrilling to reach our goal and be published authors, writing about something we believe in 150%.

Onward and upward to our next goals (namely, Every Bite 2.o)! Thank you all for your love, encouragement, and support.

xo

C & K

 

6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th an acre!

This is the coolest house EVER! You have to check out the link below about the Dervaes family who, living about 15 minutes outside of downtown Los Angeles, grow 6,000 lbs of food a year on 1/10th of an acre. Their story and all they are able to accomplish is amazing and inspiring:

http://diycozyhome.com/6000-lbs-of-food/

Dervaes House

http://www.urbanhomesteadsupply.com/

And with Easter only 2 Sundays away, we wanted to share this creative and sustainable way of decorating your table, with the coolest Easter napkin rings (from Martha Stewart). These are just the coolest things!
http://www.marthastewart.com/1107000/sustainable-diy-easter-napkin-rings

 

Enjoy Every Bite,
C & K

Recent “Pioneer Woman” (and a very Every Bite) episode!

I saw a great episode last week on “The Pioneer Woman” on the Food Network. It was called “One Thing Leads to Another.” Ree starts the episode out by making a big pot of black beans, which in and of themselves look delicious. Then, she shows several different recipes using some of the leftover beans; including a taco pizza, grilled veggie burritos, and a black bean burger.
That’s exactly the thought (and layout of the chapters) of Every Bite and doing something along these lines gives us a great idea for a new chapter in Every Bite Part 2!
What a great episode and a great way to use up leftovers. And in several delicious ways!
Enjoy every bite!
xo
C

 

Dive: a Greenwood Meaningful Movie Event

Last week, we participated in a great event in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, called “Meaningful Movies.” As the name states, these are movies shown that really mean something and try to bring a message or theme to our attention, so that we can then discuss together what we can do to help.

The movie is called “Dive”  (link below) and it is about a group of people who “dumpster dive” in the trash bins in LA-area supermarkets. After the film, we sat around and talked about what we could each do to reduce food waste; sharing a multitude of tips, information, and stories.

Here are a couple of notes/quotes we jotted down from the film that we wanted to share here with you:
We waste 3000 lbs of food a second.
“50% of food that’s grown up and is ready to be harvested never makes it to someone’s stomach.”
Of all the food waste going on, about 40% is in the households.
“Food is life. And it should never be wasted. Food is precious.”

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Movie Setup.

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Our table (complete with our new Ibook version on the left)!

 

Another interesting thing we found out during the movie/disscussion, was that Albertson’s was the first supermarket chain (and one of the firsts) to participate in a “Food Rescue” program. This program has now grown to include such giants as Walmart, SamsClub, and Target. This is a huge step forward in having food that they are going to throw out anyway (that is perfectly good) go to someone who really needs it. Way to go Albertson’s!

http://feedoc.org/HowWeWork/FoodPrograms/GroceryAndFoodRescue.aspx

We also met some great people from Seattle Tilth and Food not Bombs. Great groups and really nice people. We SOO want to take the Master Composter class!

http://www.amazon.com/Dive-Darren-Hoffman/dp/B00NK9JFI6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1422411610&sr=8-4&keywords=dive+film

http://www.seattletilth.org/

http://foodnotbombs.net/

It was a very thought provoking, interesting event and we look forward to doing something like that again soon!

C&K

Recent Food/Farming Documentaries

On the plane over the Christmas holidays, I watched two food themed documentaries: “In Organic We Trust” and “Ingredients.” I found both to be very interesting and while both focused on food and farming, I enjoyed them in different ways. One difference being that I found “Ingredients” to be visually more pleasing and the flow of the documentary better. Below are some points/quotes I jotted down that I thought were striking and important.

From “In Organic We Trust” Documentary:
73% of Americans eat some organic food.
“Organic” philosophy: growing food mimicking nature’s model. Mode and sustainability, and not using chemicals.

The “Big 3”- cannot use/do to be USDA Certified:
Genetic modification
Sewage sludge
Irradiation

Organic foods- not necessarily more nutritious for you (depends on the study/nutrients looked at/etc.., but they DO have less chemicals and pesticides on them.

Organic farmers DO at one point or another spray, but more often than not, they are naturally occurring (and are approved by the USDA).
Use 60 billion lbs of pesticides in the US each year.

The “Dirty Dozen”- foods with highest amount of residual pesticides:
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Bell peppers
Spinach
Lettuce
Kale and collard greens
Potatoes
Grapes

The “Clean Fifteen“- if you do have to eat conventional, these have the lowest residual pesticide residue:
Onion
Avocado
Sweet corn
Pineapple
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potato
Mushrooms

Now are 7,000+ farmers markets in the US.

From “Ingredients” Documentary:
We spend less of our income on food than any other industrial nation.

People want to know where there food is coming from. They want to know what the values are that are embedded in the food.

There are so few farmers in this country, that they’re now not listed in the Census.

Hope you find some of these points helpful. I definitely did!
xo
Carol