Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Singing Praise for Food Movement, Midwestern Style

The American food movement has slowly swept across the American countryside. Like very trend it moved from the coasts inward. Finally it has reached the likely of places: the American Rustbelt. As I Michigander, born and raised, i raise my glass and toast: “hell yea!”


Creativity, reclaimed

Over the years I’ve grown accustomed to such ebbs and flows, but this recent drought had me flattened. But then in the middle of yesterday’s lunch, under a blanket of sweltering heat, I found myself feeling refreshed and inspired.


Food Inspiration from Basque Spain

For today’s featured photo, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite pinxsos (tapas) from a recent wine and food tour of the Rioja region of Spain.


Poor Colorado Snowfall inspires Spanish Wine Adventure

Marginal ski conditions and lingering injuries precipitated a last minute change in travel plans. Off to Spain to explore the famed wine regions of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where in between blustery showers and frigid gales, we sipped and savored the local fare, and gained great appreciation for one of the world’s top culinary destinations.


Proud Supporter of Slow Food

Slow food is an organization whose goals I’ve long admired, so I’m proud to say I’ve finally become a full, card carrying member.


15 November 2011- Monday, Monday

Feeling uninspired on a blustery Monday, I nip off to my favorite eatery, relish my tasty meal and the badly needed escape it provides.


Reflections of a Berry Picker

Day two of Ballymaloe Cookery School and I’ve been tasked to collect blackberries. There among the scraggly remnants, up to my elbows in prickers, I learned a few valuable life lessons.


Ballymaloe Primer- Intro Course Impressions

Its often said that arriving at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland is like stepping into another world. Life on this hundred acre organic farm, set amid the bucolic gently rolling hills of East Cork, is certainly out of the ordinary. I spent a week there in early August and share some of my thoughts and images.


Finding My Home at the Market

Early September and I’m back home in Grand Haven, engaging in the most wholesome of activities: shopping at the Farmers market. Brisk winds and remnant storm clouds cast a decidedly autumnal feel over the place, as sweatshirt clad shoppers fill bags with produce that matches the transition season.


Half a Billion F*@king Eggs! Reaction to a Recall

Once again America’s food supply has experienced a massive health crisis. Salmonella-tainted eggs produced from two Iowa farms caused more than 1,300 people in ten states to become afflicted, resulting in recalls of half a billion eggs. Stop the madness, I say. Its time to rethink America’s system of industrial food production.


Minding the Food Miles

I a great believer in buying fresh produce and supporting local farmers. But accidentally buying broccoli from Peru led me to explore my ethical boundaries of buying local. When is it acceptable to compromise our principles. Bordeaux wine, African Coffee, Mexican Avocados. Surely its also important to enjoy life’s great pleasures.


Thoughts on Tainted Lettuce

When you think of romaine lettuce, the first words popping into your head aren’t “deadly toxin.” Its green and leafy appearance exudes good health. But that all changed last week when the Caesarian roughage was afflicted by a potentially deadly outbreak of E.Coli bacteria, causing at least 19 people have been sickened and forcing a recall of lettuce across 23 states. What are the causes and what does it say about the food we eat?


Which Way Forward for Ireland’s Food Industry?

Fresh Baked Scone

Which way forward for Ireland’s food industry?  This was the topic addressed at this year’s annual gathering of Bord Bia, the trade organization for Irish foods. Given my interest in Ireland’s food movement,  I poured over the report and provided editorial comments. (Hint: it resonates on a few broad themes, but does little to provide meaningful assistance to local food producers.)


Forgive me. I’ve Eaten Sushi Tonight

I’ve just experienced a wasabi burn so intense the entire left side of my cranium went numb. Far less extinguishable is my slow burning guilt over having consumed sushi to begin with.