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

Cookbook Update and Photo

“…we will now commence with the production process.”
As of an hour ago, all final paperwork was submitted to the publisher for the deadline to receive everything and begin working on it’s publication!

K and I got a great email back from the publishers this morning, with the last few words listed at the beginning of this post. I cannot really begin to tell you how seeing those words made me feel, but I’ll try! I felt satisfaction, excitement, panic, relief, calm, and proud all at the same time. My feelings/response were definitely an experience and quite honestly, it surprised me just how much everything hit me. Not something I will soon forget.

We are so exhausted and are so happy to have everything to them. We could have gone on and on with making tiny corrections here and there and tweaking until the late hours of the evening (which I did many times- especially recently to meet the deadline), but at some point, you have to stop and be thankful there is a deadline there to MAKE you stop. It’s in their hands now, so fingeres crossed!

Here’s a picture of the Balsamic Glazed Carrots that did not make the final cut for the cookbook.

More soon and much love-

C

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

1 Year Anniversary!

We can’t hardly believe it, but we recently celebrated working on the cookbook for one year! I remember taking pictures of Karen and her deliciously prepared food during a cooking class last March.  After the class was over,  we were relaxing with a glass of Malbec and talking about projects to do together in the future. The next thing you know, we were like “we should work on a cookbook together! There’s really nothing out there like what we want to do!”

 

And so Waste Free Cooking was born.

 
We recently had a celebratory dinner starting with appetizers and cocktails at Mistral Kitchen, and followed by some seriously delicious food (and a few more cocktails!) at Local 360. We had a great time and we recommend trying those 2 restaurants if you haven’t!

 

This past year has been exciting, difficult, thrilling, fun, and has involved an extreme amount of hard work. We wouldn’t change it for the world and look forward to our next year together!

Carol & Karen