All right. Back to business writing about food. During the week in software sludge, I still managed to eat, and sometimes very well. I even took some pictures. So as not to let them go to waste, here are some highlights from last week:
Lettuce, spinach, kale, mesclun. Perhaps you see a pattern there. That’s spring for you. The good thing is that it’s all so quickly prepared and versatile to use, as long as you keep an open mind. On delivery day, I decided to make something to go with pasta. I sauteed some garlic, green onion, curly kale and asparagus (the end of the run, I was told) in some good olive oil and tossed it with macaroni then topped it with grated Parmesan. Delish.
A big birthday
My baby is entirely legal now. In honor of the occasion, we had dinner featuring a local chicken plus not one but two items (dumplings and shortcake) made with Heart Smart Bisquick. Somehow, she has thrived despite her pale beige diet. (Isn’t she cute?) For the occasion, I also decided to whip the cream with a whisk instead of an electric mixture. Do I know how to live or what?
Latest potluck was neighbors’ alley party, which they planned this year at a significantly earlier and cooler date. I made the strawberry and spinach salad that Mercedes Taylor-Puckett suggested in this week’s Lawrence Farmers Market newsletter. I guess it was good; it disappeared fast enough. I thought the dressing was a little bland, though, and I’m very glad I cut the olive oil by half and the sugar by a third. Guess I don’t like things quite as sweet as the Allrecipes readers.
Lawrence Food Future
I attended a 3-hour meeting on the future of food in Lawrence. The information-packed session suggested that promoting local food is not only a healthy and “green” option, but also one that is good for economic development. I wrote about it for Ethicurean.com, and I think it will run tomorrow. If you go to the site with the link in the preceding sentence, you should see it on Monday. I’ll let you know if it’s postponed.
Alanna Kellogg, who writes the Veggie Venture blog, included me in a post about kitchen remodels on the BlogHer site. No fancy new pix, but some information about various kitchen remodels if you’re thinking about doing yours. (Note: We only stripped the kitchen, not the whole house, to the studs.)