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Tag: Food Traditions

California’s Foie Gras Ban: Does It Go Too Far?

California’s groundbreaking foie gras ban went into effect on Sunday, making it the only municipality in the world to ban the product as well as the production of the deadly dish. (Chicago temporarily banned foie gras in 2006, but the ban was repealed in 2008.) Some of the Golden State’s chefs are campaigning to overturn the California ban, but for now, only one state senator, Lois Wolk, is expressing any interest in their cause, and even she will only commit to amending the law to “create an acceptable humane standard for the production of this agricultural product.”

Missing In Action: The Family Table

Growing up, my family ate at the kitchen table most nights. We kids set and cleared the placemats, dishes, and silverware. Mom served food on platters and in large bowls with utensils that matched our cutlery. We set out homemade cloth napkins tucked into lovely napkin rings. Wonderfully, every meal was relatively balanced.

Spotted: Excellent Pickling Video

Are you loving the late spring and early summer bounty of local produce lately? Our CSA baskets are brimming with goodies, and sometimes I can’t even figure out how to cook them all before they start to turn! Pickling is one great way to extend the life of your fresh veggies (and sometimes even fruits!) so you can enjoy them later on in the season or even over fall and winter when those fresh warm-weather veggies are out of season.

Birch Syrup: A Maple Syrup Alternative

Birch syrup is a traditional Latvian treat that’s harvested just like maple syrup, but birch syrup only has a fraction of the sugar of maple syrup: one to two percent versus eight percent. Traditionally, you’d use birch sap to make lemonade, ferment it into wine, or add it to water for a refreshing cooler, but you can also cook it down into a syrup.

Would You Dumpster Dive for Food?

Many dumpster divers utilize urban foraging as a sort of protest against the established corporate food system and as a means to eliminate unnecessary waste. Basically, it is the practice of sifting through trash (mostly commercial, sometimes residential) in search of salvageable food, clothing, and other discarded, but still useful, items. Dumpster diving is an intentional action against a materialistic and wasteful society.

Essential Herbs For Your Edible Landscape

Edible landscaping with herbs is the best thing you can do for your garden and your kitchen. Here are 10 favorite herbs that bring numerous benefits to your garden’s ecosystem, including: attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects, deterring harmful insects, enhancing the flavor and vigor of vegetables, and improving the soil.