Eating and growing locally: week 11


Morning Harvest


Local meal #7
Steamed crabs from the Dupont Circle market with red, white, and blue potatoes boiled in a whole lot of salt. The crabs were a hilarious misadventure, and we were definitely still hungry when we were done.

Day 346 - 7/8/08
Bonus local breakfast: tomatoes, roasted overnight, with local aged cheddar and rosemary Italian bread for toast.

Our meals this week were somewhat half-assed, but when we did eat at home, they were mostly local. I think this week we definitely noticed the lack of individually packaged chicken breasts, so we’re going to look for chicken at the market this morning (that is, if SB ever wakes up).


CAS update

I just finished what will probably be the most annoying and tedious (other than data transcription, but at least that has a certain rhythm to it) part of my CAS project.  It took ~5 hours, but I’m done!  On to the next tedious tasks – writing the IRB protocol, conducting the lit review, etc.  And oh, the etc that lies ahead of me!

Eating and growing locally: week 10

I kind of can’t believe it’s been 10 weeks since I got really pissed off at the state of our food industry and told SB that I wanted to make an effort to eat more locally.  I feel like I talk about this stuff all the time, and I apologize if you’re sick of hearing about it, but the last 10 weeks have really changed the way that we think about food and the way that we eat.  It’s kind of fantastic.

Local meal #6

Tiny pork burgers with ground pork from Cibola Farms, herbs and greens from our garden, slices of onion, tomato, and aged cheddar from the market, and rosemary Italian rolls from Atwater’s.  Please ignore the ketchup and the totally unnecessary mayo.  These were sooooo flavorful that we didn’t need other condiments at all.  Maybe some homemade pickles that, as of yet, exist only in my head.

Sweet potato fries

Along with the burgers, we had sweet potato fries, using up the last of the sweet potatoes that had started to sprout while we were at Bonnaroo.  I tossed the potatoes with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, then baked them long enough that they were soft, but not long enough to get crispy.  Better luck next time.

All local breakfast!

Shane made a really fantastic all-local breakfast – farmers market eggs scrambled with zucchini, onion, and garlic (also from the market), a fruit salad of peaches and the last of the strawberries, and toasted rosemary Italian rolls from Atwater’s.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Did I say we ate the last of the strawberries for breakfast?  I lied.  The last of the strawberries actually went into a strawberry rhubarb crumble (recipe from Smitten Kitchen), which we ate with ice cream throughout the week.

On Friday, we ate the last of our store-bought chicken, so this week we’ll be making our first foray into entirely local meat.  We also bought (omg) crabs (!!!!) at the market this morning.  Stay tuned for much excitement and exclamation points about that.  It’s also worth noting that I made an incredible cole slaw that we’re hoping to repeat this week.


  • The chilis still are not red.  C’mon, chilis!  You can do it!
  • Everything else continues at the previously documented rates of growth.  I’m not sure if the worm poop is helping or not – or if we’ve just hit that hot part of the summer where some things are going to grow, and others are going to die.

In the Neighborhood

SB and I awoke at 2am this morning to the dulcet tones of someone puking over the side of their balcony.  I would say ‘vomiting’, but that sounds more, um, polite than this actually was.  Good lord, I can’t wait to get out of this janky building.

Thursday Morning Cuteness

The most ardent supporter of our local eating efforts?

What are you eating, Mom?

Miss Mina, who is very interested in everything that we eat, but especially local meats and veggies.  If the local food movement needs a spokescat, I’d happily volunteer her services, as it’s really time she earns her keep.