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

 

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

 

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

Thanksgiving and Upcoming Promotional Events

Karen and I would first like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, much love, and delicious food!

(a couple of my favorite Thanksgiving, fun cookies: Pilgrim Hats and Pumpkin Pie!)

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We have a couple of fantastic book promotion opportunities coming up this week after Thanksgiving and we are SUPER excited about them!

We are definitely most excited about our participation in the “Cookbook Social at the Palace Ballroom” on Tuesday, December 2nd, and sponsored by Tom Douglas Events. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be at this event and cannot thank the lovely people there enough. There will be several authors there with tasty bites to share as well, so you should definitely stop by if you can. Here is the event link:

http://tomdouglas.com/calendar.php?calendar_id=498

And then on Friday, December 5th in the Arnold Building of main campus, we will be at the Fred Hutchinson Center Annual Winter Craft Fair from 9-3 (Karen will be there from 9-1), where we will be signing copies of Every Bite. If you or someone you knows works at the Hutch, be sure and stop by. It’s a great event where a portion of the proceeds go to the SCCA (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance) Patient Family Services Fund. Open to all , so if you work nearby or are a Hutch employee, come join us for some holiday cheer!

Hope you can make it to one of the events. We would love to see you and talk food!

Have a wonderful, safe holiday-
C & K

 

Great, Great Sunday!

We had a wonderful Sunday getting out and enjoying the beeee-u-ti-ful Seattle weather and getting the word out about Every Bite! We were first out in the sunshine (albeit bundled up and drinking copious amounts tea and coffee) at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market and then did an event at the West Seattle Thriftway (thank you SO much to Thriftway for their continued support).
We were so enthused and excited about people interested in doing what they can to reduce waste in the kitchen! What a fun day!

C & K

Cookbook Status Update and Interesting Links

Hi everyone!

We just completed our 2nd round of editing for the cookbook manuscript! It’s been an intense couple of weeks to get that done, but now it’s off to the publisher again so they can work on the changes. Whew- now we get a little downtime!

In between editing, We’ve come across some interesting and just plain cool (video) food-associate links that we wanted to share. Enjoy!

What Those Food Expiration Labels Mean

And a fantastic piece about food waste:

Profiting from Food Waste is no Longer Just for Bin Divers

Don’t know what to do with all that leftover bread you have from a full loaf you just bought? America’s Test Kitchen helps you out:

Freezing Bread- from America’s Test Kitchen

And this is just flat cool (props to A for finding this!). The cucumber decoration is my favorite part:

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Enjoy!
C

 

Cookbook Update and Photos

Just wanted to update everyone that the cookbook is still plugging along. We haven’t received a publishing date yet (not that we’re chomping at the bit to get it out or anything!), but as soon as we finish up this 2nd round of edits that we’re working on with them, which include adding in the photos, things will move onto marketing, and that’s when we’ll get a publish date.

In the meantime, Karen and I got together this past week to take a few additional photos and to redo a few that I was just not happy with. Here are a couple of pictures that didn’t make the cut of the final photos to send to the publishers. Hopefully you still find them mouth-watering and are looking forward to the “official” photo and a recipe to go along with!

Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables:

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Herbed Chicken and Broccoli Quiche:

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C & K

Cookbook Update and Some Other Stuff…

Hi all-

Early this week, we got an email from Robert at Vanguard with the 1st copy of the manuscript to proof! To say we were thrilled is an understatement! I (Carol) was particularly taken a back seeing the title/author page and the copyright page. It’s finally becoming really real and is starting to look like a cookbook!

We also got a first idea for the cover for the book. It’s not really what Karen and I had in mind, but we’ll work with them and will get if figured out. We’ll have the first draft to them by next weekend and will move on from there. Not until we’re done with the proofing and it moves onto the marketing department do we get a release date. Which is what we’re particularly excited for! Hopefully just in time for the holidays!

I also came across a couple of interesting food tidbits you might enjoy:

The first is a suggestion on what to do with leftover Sriracha from lifehacker.com. They’re not wasting a thing and we love it!

Last Bit of Sriracha!

The second is just a creative and healthy way to give and eat salads (from the Daily Dish). I just find the photo so pretty:

Salad in a Jar
Enjoy eating every bite!
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The Why, When, and How: Smashing Garlic and Cutting Round Vegetables

To Smash or not to Smash? Here we discuss and demonstrate for you, as well as how to easily cut round vegetables that tend to want to roll and get away from you!

Why: smashing garlic helps get the most flavor out of the clove, and it helps make chopping the clove easier, because it doesn’t “roll around” on you.
“Round” vegetables, such as mushrooms and onions, tend to want to “roll” or move around on you when you’re trying to chop them. This video will help you remove the rolling and will help show you how to chop easier!

When: whenever your recipe calls for yummy garlic or vegetables.

How: see Karen in the video below-

Every Bite: Smashing Garlic & Cutting Round Vegetables

Enjoy!

Carol and Karen

I always have a favorite part of these videos that Karen does, and in this one, it’s around the 6:30ish mark, where she starts talking about “ze claw”! So funny! It’s really a great tip and one that has totally stuck with me for years, because even when I’m in the kitchen now and I’m chopping something, I find myself giggling and saying “you hold your fingers like ze claw yes!”   🙂

Olive Oil, “Culination”, and the Rollie EggMaster

Here is a nice piece from The Splendid Table about what “Extra Virgin” olive oil really means. It’s very interesting and informative, and comes complete with a video, recipe, and recommendations.

What “Extra Virgin” Olive Oil really means

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Also, apparently over half of Americans would rather do taxes than making and eating a homemade meal. Holy cow! Now that’s pretty bad!
Culination hopes to help change that, and is an “e-learning community that connects seasoned chefs with home cooks.” It’s designed to be informative and interactive, and is a great way to learn more about food and how to make it not such a chore to make and enjoy a homemade meal.
My favorite line from the article is: “we want your kitchen to be a place of inspiration, not intimidation.”

It is a well said, succinct sentence that is something K and I also firmly believe. We want you to use the Every Bite cookbook as a way to be enthusiastic and inspired to be in the kitchen; not dreading or avoiding it.

Culination

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And this is just something funny I (C) saw on “Sandwich Morning” on NPR. What the heck?! I just do NOT want my eggs shaped like that! GROSS! The video is funny (and that’s it’s an actual thing is a little scary), but it’s the comments that are particularly hilarious!

Rollie EggMaster

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Enjoy!
Carol & Karen