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:
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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

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

 

Happy Earth Day 2015!

Happy Earth Day everyone! We hope you can take a moment on this day to think about what you can do, as both an individual and as part of a community, to help ensure the earth continues to remain a natural and healthy world for many years to come.

In thinking about what both of us has done over the past year, I (Carol) have begun composting regularly and meal planning for the week on Sundays. Karen has reduced her waste by 10%, and she did that by buying less, meal planning, and using the Debbie Meyer green bags (she loves them SO much, she should be a spokesman for them!  http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Meyer-GreenBags-Freshness-Preserving-5127799/dp/B00I4V1U06). She estimates that she saved $1200 last year. That’s a great vacation right there!

 

As part of Earth Week this week, I participated in my first Twitter chat on Monday and it was focused on food waste (wonderfully set up and moderated by Green is Universal, @GreenIsUni). Let me just say that it was INTENSE! Holy cow! But I learned so much and have some great information that I wanted to pass along to you. Below are some of the links:

 

1. What exactly can you compost and Bone Broth (which I’ve heard so much about lately and have wanted to make). Both from Ecocentric:
http://www.gracelinks.org/blog/4254/what-can-i-compost-the-scraps-that-make-the-cut
http://gracelinks.org/blog/5078/taste-it-don-t-waste-it-bone-broths

2. A great use for leftover apple scraps from that apple pie you might have just made: Apple Scrap Vinegar! (courtesy of Anne-Marie Bonneau, the @ZeroWasteChef):
http://zerowastechef.com/2014/10/30/apple-scrap-vinegar/

3. 10 things to do with stale bread:
http://ivaluefood.com/resources/cooking-eating/10-things-to-do-with-stale-bread/

And we just thought this was the cutest!


I also found a few cool new apps to that you might want to take a look at. FoodKeeper is from the USDA and Cornell University and will tell you how long an item from the supermarket will keep in the refrigerator or freezer. Fresh Food helps you find farmers markets that are closest to you.

And finally, here are few points I learned from Green is Universal on twitter these past few days:
1. More than 6 billion lbs of fresh produce go unharvested or unsold each year.
2. Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste reaching landfills & incinerators in the U.S.
3. Eggs are actually safe to eat 3-5 weeks after the date on the carton.
4. We throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal or glass.

 

Enjoy Every Bite everyone!
xo
Carol & Karen

 

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

 

IFBC 2013, Seattle. Some First Thoughts….

I signed up so long ago. In a galaxy far far away.. (ha! had to randomly throw in a little Star Wars there. I DO have a Vader and Stormtrooper flash drive after all!)
Vader and Stormtrooper
Okay okay, so it was really only 5 months, but still: it seemed to take forever! And after months of patiently waiting for what I had heard was one of the best food blogging conferences in the country, the event was finally here.
And with the event arriving, came wonderful speakers and presentations; who all gave me such great information, tips, and help with how to improve on my photography and blogging experience. It’s been such an overall positive and beneficial experience for me, that it’s hard to sort it all out right now. My mind is just racing around with so many new ideas and things I need to do! So while a more in depth blog post and additional photos will be coming by the end of the week, for now, I just want to throw out a few comments/feelings I have from it so far:
First of all, I would like to thank Sheri and Barney at Foodista for putting on a fantastic event. I can only imagine the long hours that went into making this a success. And a smashing success it has been! Wonderful, wonderful job.

The food throughout has been fantastic, and the people have been so fun, welcoming, and supportive. It has been a really great environment to learn and grow as a blogger and photographer. The most entertaining session by far had to be the Food Photography and Cooking Demo. Andrew Scrivani, Chef John, Jeffery, and Brian all teamed up to do a sushi demonstration. They were awesome! Great interaction with each other and with the audience. I can see why they were “back by popular demand” and hope they are back next year too!

Here they are in action:
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Amazing experience, and one that was well worth the wait. As I said, more to come later this week!
I’m already looking forward to next year!