{HOLIDAY} Weekend Reading

Due to a 7-day-turned-11-day vacation, Weekend Reading has been absent the last two Fridays. I’m back and so is my food policy and foodie blog reading. Have a wonderful holiday weekend people!


This weekend, I will be attending Bennington Vermont’s Garlic and Herb Festival– you should too! 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. $5 over 12, $1 under 12.

Also this weekend, Woodstock/New Paltz Arts & Crafts Festival, which will also feature many local restaurants and food purveyors will be serving their goodies.

Next Weekend, Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Attention all knitters, quitters and crafters: September 25-26th will bring Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at the Washington County Fair Grounds.

(code for all the Egg , Cargill beef  and WALMART deli meat recall links you’ve ever wanted!)

Well, I take a two week vacation from this column and ‘poof’ the biggest egg recall ever and sadly the most recorded-sick from an egg recall ever. Sadly, we knew this was coming. Please Senate, pass S.510.

Where to start with the links. First, read Marion Nestle. Always. This. And this. Then read two really interesting articles in the New York Times; one about the FDA reports after the recall and one about the town where the farms are located. In addition, watch Michael Pollen on CNN. Finally, round out your reading with an investigative piece in Grist about Jack DeCoster, owner of Wright County Farms.

Courtesy of Leslie, New York Times produced a great graphic representing all the caged hens in the American food system..

In related news, in a little-covered issue, Cargill’s Meat Solutions has recalled ground beef from various BJ Warehouses in New England- INCLUDING the BJ’s in Albany NY. Please read the press release which has a scanned image of the recalled label.

Finally, WALMART recalled deli meat, used in their pre-made Marketside Grand and Go sandwiches,  approximately 380,000 pounds that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Michael Pollen has a Daily Link page on his website. One article he linked to this past week is an investigative story about Trader’s Joes.

Canada bans BPA- Grists asks why not America?

{Cathy Erway creating Smashed Potatoes}


Read an interesting City Room article in the New York Times about working in Riker’s Island kitchen AND print out their famous carrot cake recipe– perfect article to me!

Mark Bittman’s running and cooking adventures continue on Runner’s World website. Lamb Ribs recipes included.

I can not wait to make these 100% vegan (allergy free too) corn bean balls for Miles by Kathy at Healthy Happy Life.

FREE 175 page Ebook on healthy back to school recipes created by Go Dairy Free author, Alisa. She gathered recipes, mostly allergy-free in some way, from various food bloggers. Its AMAZING! You don’t need to have a food alergic kiddo at home to LOVE these recipes. Download here.

Orangette’s Berry Cobbler.

Over at Lunch at Sixpoint, Cathy explains how to cure salmon by using fillets from her 100% sustainably caught salmon-only CSA (!!!!!) In addition, I was at Sixpoint’s rooftop garden when Cathy was making her smashed potatoes.

Late- Summer Minestone at Simple Bites.

Lana of Apron Strings published a great post on toddler lunch & snacks for back-to-school. Her son is food allergic like Miles so recipes will reflect such.

Finally, NOT a recipe but get your craft-on! An AWESOME article on the kitchn regarding “dressing up” your homemade preserved foods; especially if you give them as gifts.


Brown’s Brewery in Troy has created a beer from all-local hops. Limited supply. From their website:

Harvest IPA
This much coveted rare release features 100% locally grown hops from Brown’s hop farm in Hoosick Falls and Groveside Natural Farms in Pittstown. Robust and amber in color with a creamy head, Brown’s Harvest I.P.A. is noted for its intense floral aroma and strong hop character that results from wet hop brewing. Wet hop brewing is necessary as the fresh hops picked no less than a day before the brew would spoil if not used immediately, unlike the the dried hops that we use each day. Malts: Pale, 2 Row Brewer’s and Caramel Hop: Locally grown Cascade, Chinook, Nuggett and Willamette. 6.5% a.b.v.

Co-owner of the now defunct Chez Sophie (LOVED that place- had our day-after wedding reception brunch there!) Cheryl Clark is  now the food critic at Times Union.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lana says:

    Ooh, so many great links. I can’t wait to try those corn bean balls. Thanks for including me on your list!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks Lana! Corn Bean Balls- I know! I just roasted some corn and I’m going to try the recipe tomorrow. I have to limit Miles’ corn intake as I think he has an intolerance or its related to his Celiacs….

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