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

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

 

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