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

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.

TASM-3

 

 

TASM

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.”

 

TASM-2
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

 

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 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