{New Year} Projects to Keep Me on My Toes!

I started this food group and blog to give me something tangible and productive outside of my work & family while also being relevant in my day-to-day life and feeding my passion of all things food, photography, cooking, community, politics and friendship. Food is everywhere and in our house, food is life or death. After one year of our home being nut, dairy, gluten/wheat and soy-free, I’ve hit a slump. I’m bored (burnt-out) with cooking. I’m bored with food. I’m frustrated of “adapting” recipes, especially baking. For most of December I lived on brown rice cereal. No lie. I was bored with texture, components, soups, stews, rice, pasta, sauce, salsa, flavors- Unami, Sweet, Sour, Tangy, Fruity, Warm, Cold, Spicy.

Yes, I could eat out to lessen the stress of cooking all the time, but that would involve only Chipotle or 50 South. No offense Chipotle but I’m bored with you right now. Even though I didn’t think it possible, I believe Miles is bored with you too. I love 50 South, but with a two year old, sitting at a restaurant with a wait staff is exhausting…so we hit a Sunday brunch here & there but that’s it.

Okay, enough of my adult-onset whining.

After days & weeks of thinking about what I would do for my “food” related resolution and help get myself out of the slump, I decided to make a bucket list… nah, just kidding…just a yearly list of the food projects I would like to accomplish. I feel like some personal projects, not related to Miles’ dietary restrictions or in general my family’s 3-meals-a-day needs, will keep me interested, engaged and growing my body of knowledge around the subject. My passionate Weekend Reading posts definitely do that to a certain extend but I need some hands on projects too.

Will I document them on the blog?

No doubt!

Do some directly relate to the blog & the other ladies in the group?

Yes Indeed- the podcast is a biggie!

Will I try my hardest to drag some of the ladies, Alexis, Amanda, Leslie & Sarah, into my web-o-projects?

You betcha!

1 From Scratch Club Podcast.
I’ve mentioned this project before. Santa gave me podcasting gear for my birthday (wait a minute…birthday???) so Alexis & I (and hopefully Amanda, Leslie, Sarah, Erica & Dianna when available) will be podcasting about our crazy musings & fumblings about food while also interviewing interesting food people in our area.

2. Let’s Brew Coffee Without the Stovetop Espresso Contraption.
This just seems fun! All the “professional & serious” coffeehouses and roasting hubs nowadays have pour-overs, cupping, tastings what-ings? I have used my various stovetop coffee makers (I have a 2, 6 and an 8 cup) since I was 18. I am 35. I even brought my trusty 6-cupper to London when I lived there for a year. This was back in 1995, when there were NO coffeehouses in London, yet. It was still tea-all-the-time. I digress, do I have a french press and do I use it? Yes and nope. It’s only use- to collect dust. Over the holidays I bought myself a pour-over contraption for 9 bucks, and one to giveaway, with this idea in mind. Let’s try making my oooh-so-dark-sluggy-almost-rocket-fuel-coffee in a different way. F-U-N! This feeling of excitement was validated when Intelligentsia put out their Iphone App for making coffee…”the professional way” Pour-over timing and coffee weight and proper water temperature- all on the free app! French press instructions are on there too. Per-fect-o!

3 Making Bacon.
With happy pork of course! I’ve been wanting to do this for sometime. I even asked around at the farmers market for the proper cut of pork to make it. Oh, and borrowed a copy and  photocopied the bacon project recipe in Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects by Karen Solomon. If you haven’t looked at this book before, its a must. Great food projects of all levels and interests from cheese making to canning to curing to candy making.

4 Curing Salmon.
Another curing project I want to try. I love lox & bagels; why not pick up a sustainable fillet at Honest Weight or Four Seasons and go to town. Cathy Erway of Lunch at Sixpoint and Doris & Jilly Cook wrote about their successful creations.

5 Make Bouillon.
Honestly, this is only on the list because of this post on Simple Scratch Cooking. Why hadn’t I thought of making my own bouillon, oh yeah, because I’m not a chef nor a person with a deep food history so I had no idea I could make my own. It looks so interesting, easy and soooo useful! Why not?

6 Fortune Cookies.
I had linked to a fortune cookie recipe in one of my holiday recipe link love posts, and FSC Guest Contributor, Dianna, successfully made them for her Chrismmukkah potluck. Her fortune inserts were more demands than fortunes, like “You will not go to law school”. Anyways, she had to adapt the recipe big time, and has promised to deal the changes and make a recipe for us on the blog! (Yup, putting you on the spot Dianna! Ha Ha!) The plan as of today, I will adapt Dianna’s perfected recipe. Stay tuned.

7 Brittle or Nougat
I have two funny stories from our Edible Gift Week. I was going to post two recipes; non-traditional french nougat, allergy-free style, and a sunflower seed brittle. Both failed. BIG TIME. I did not heed Amanda’s advice and avoid trying new recipes during the holiday season, especially when making gifts. Whoopsie. I have NO idea the science behind candy making and it showed during these two attempts. I will do research, learn a little bit more and try again.

8 Marshmallows.
There is something about fresh, handmade marshmallows. Fluffy, delicate, light as air and flavorful. I LOVE local favorite dreamPuff marshmallow in all their seasonal flavors. They are a true allergen-friendly treat! So I would never try to compete with Ginny’s creations, but again I’m fascinated by the science behind this white pillow of sugar and egg whites?! See, I have no idea!

Oh, and I will need a stand mixer for this one. I’m hoping Amanda, Sarah or Leslie will need to let me borrow their baby.

9 Watch Food Films.
Once I moved back to my hometown area from Los Angeles in July 2006, I stopped watching and reading about food and the environment. Stopped like a period at the end of a sentence. Except of the free commercial-free viewing of Food Inc on PBS last Spring, my movie-watching days ended with the avalanche of movies that came out in 2002-2005: Super Size Me, The Corporation, Thirst, The Future of Food, and King Corn (2007). My new list includes; Beer Wars, Fed Up!, Vanishing of the Bees, Nourish by PBS, What’s On Your Plate and Food Matters. Any others I should add to the list? Bring it!

10 Read Food Books.
Like #9, I stopped reading food-related books at the same time. As I look at my library of food-related material, all my non-cookbook books stop  with Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Politics, What to Eat?, In Defense of Food, Grub, Against the Grain, Democracy’s Edge, World Hunger and all of Vandana Shiva’s books, such as Stolen Harvest. There are some highly regarded books that have come out in the past couple of years but I will be realistic on this particular “project”. Opposed to the movies, which I can watch while writing a blog post, reading is mostly done for my {weekend reading} posts, so I am only listing one book: Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg. I hear he lives in our area for part of the year… need to do some research. I feel a podcast in the future.

11 Attend a Food-Related Conference?!
I have added this one specifically because there is one coming up in this area and I wouldn’t have to make the stars align to attend (parents know what I’m talking about here). NOFA-NY, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is having their winter conference in Saratoga Springs. Lucky me because the classes they have on tap are amazing. I’m going to sign up for Saturday only where I will hopefully get into “Community Organizing 101”, “Getting Healthy Food into the Hands of Low Income Eaters: Nutritional Programs and Farmers Markets” and World Hunger: Global Realities and Local Solutions”.

12 Go to Blogher Food Blog conference in Hotlanta?
This is a wish, not a project that will likely happen in 2011 but a food blogger can dream right?

13 Master a great-tasting gluten-free/allergy-free loaf of bread and pizza crust.
True confession time. I was a Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day devotee until the day we had to take gluten & wheat out of Miles’ diet. I was so sad. I had never baked bread in my whole life, then once I bought the book and learned the tricks of the trade, I was a master (in my own food universe). Rosemary & Olive oil loaf, pizza dough and other bread products that I can’t remember because the moment Miles couldn’t have gluten I gave my copy to Leslie. That is, after I tried their one gluten-free recipe in the book…with no luck. Honestly, I haven’t found a recipe that has turned out even remotely edible and I haven’t tried a recipe since August. For a birthday gift to myself I purchased Gluten-Free Girl & The Chef’s cookbook which I have high hopes for. I usually don’t purchase or borrow from the library GF cookbooks because they often use a lot of nut flours, which Miles is allergic. I usually tend to go for the more “avoid all 8 top allergen” books, and frankly the breads I’ve tried aren’t all that great. Miles can eat eggs, so I’m gonna give Gluten Free Girl a try… I’m determined. Just for a little looksie into our food budget: a loaf of GF & allergy-free sandwich bread costs us $6.29 a loaf. I can usually get a 50 cent or dollar off coupon, but I’m still paying at least five dollars each loaf. Ouch. Oh, and don’t get me started on the pizza dough. The best pre-made I’ve found is King Arthur and its $9+ dollars a box for two crusts. Forget about it…

14  Take a Class.
Related to #13, I don’t understand the science of baking, so when I’m adapting recipes to Miles’ multiple food allergies, I usually screw up. Or in another case, I will follow a recipe to the T but I can see that something isn’t right and I don’t know if its fixable or will just fail mid-bake. A lot of baking mishaps made it into the garbage can in 2010. Waste of time, energy, money, food and resources. No more! Maybe a class at Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Spoon & Whisk or something more serious like SCCC’s Culinary Program.

13 (Call Me Crazy) Attend Farm Camp?
I have briefly referenced this very hands-on 2 (or 3) day intensive on the ins and outs of farm life; including slaughter and processing of poultry courtesy of Ben Shaw, Garden of Spices. I want to attend this camp at some point because if I’m going to continue to eat meat, I feel its only necessary that I experience the process of taking the bird’s life and processing it for consumption. I don’t know if I could do it without crying, but I wanna put myself out there and try. Read this New York Times article and slideshow or this GREAT slide show, interview and article in Glen Fall’s Post Star- both articles I’ve linked to before.

{made with smiles and…}

14 Critiquing Big Food: Advertisements and Store Sightings.
I would like to do more of this either on the Facebook page or on the blog. Probably a little bit of both. I can see my critiques fitting in well with Sunday’s weekend reading. I studied media, advertising, and sociology when I (finally) completed by Art History B.A., 12 years in the making, in 2006. I love to dissect and critique what companies, especially Big Food, wants us to believe. I was totally inspired by Mrs. Q’s latest critique of Lunchable’s ad.

15 50 Loaves/ 50 States Project with Guest Contributor Dianna.
Dianna & I have been talking about this project for sometime. I’m hoping we can start in 2011. Food is used as a form of punishment in America’s jails & prisons. If an inmate receives a disciplinary, various punishments are at the hearing officer’s disposal. One of which is “the loaf”, a tasteless block of stuff that is fed for three meals for X amount of days. New York State uses the loaf. Most state prison systems and many local jails each have their own “special recipe” for the punishment loaf. Together, Dianna & I will attempt to FOIL each state’s loaf recipe, make the recipe and report on our findings. I was inspired to do this project by Dianna herself who got New York’s loaf recipe and made our co-workers eat it during our yearly conference. The moment she passed around the wooden cutting board with slices of the very dense food-like substance, I knew exactly what we were going to do together: 50 Loaves / 50 States. A handful of reporters have done small-scale projects before, creating once or two recipes. If you would like to read some of them here they are.

16 Salsa Can-o-Rama.
I LOVE that I learned to can in the summer of 2010. What I have learned from eating the various jars of summer that sit happily on a shelf in my garage is that I need to make more salsa’s during the summer of 2011. I made corn relish and salsa verde but I didn’t make a red tomato based salsa and I regret it.

Wow. This is a very long post. Thanks for sticking with me. I will continuously update this post with links to successful completion of items on the list. I’m excited to get started…

90 Comments Add yours

  1. Erica says:

    Great list Chris! I’m very interested in the conference you are going to attend in Saratoga (esp World Hunger: Global realities and local solutions)…after your conference I would love to get some coffee with you and have you brief me on it🙂 I always hear about food programs for children and see the commercials, but would love to know what the conference says about the global hunger issue. The nutritionist and I at the shelter have been getting in touch with some local hunger programs to get free fresh local produce for the shelter. We get a ton over the summer from a couple great programs, but the winter is hard. My clients have very tight food budgets, so its easier for them to buy frozen or canned foods that wont go bad than to buy fresh. I also love love love the 50 loaves/ 50 states! Great project🙂

      1. Christina says:

        Thanks Ganesh!

  2. There are ideas here I’ve never even considered. Making bacon? And marshmallows? Awesome…

    Best of luck, and I hope you find a renewed passion with your amazing projects!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for reading the post! Since publishing, I’ve thought of two more I might add: mustard & going to an olive oil tasting- if there is something like that in the world. Ha! You blog is awesome. I subscribed to the RSS Feed. Look forward to commenting on your blog.

  3. beckyyk says:

    I loveeee your pictures.

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for the compliment!

  4. Thought this was gonna be a photo post. Love that first pic. Is that w/ the iPhone Hipstamatic app? It makes every photo a great photo.

    1. Christina says:

      You are correct: It’s with the Hipstamatic app. “Johnny” lens with “Ina’s 1969” film whereas the second image, of my son enjoying plastic deserts, is with the Helga Lens same film.

      Sorry to disappoint on the photography post and all. Hope you come back, we are very photo heavy on the blog!

  5. auntbethany says:

    All of your food pictures have me salivating! (Yes, even the coffee ones) There was a year there where I drank straight espresso from a one cup maker. Now, I have a beautiful, lovely Keurig which I worship every morning. Good luck with all of your goals, and congrats on FP!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I am giving you MUCHO props for drinking joe out of a 1-cup for a whole year. Yowza!!!! Everyone in my family has a Keurig.🙂

  6. I love marshmallows! “What’s Cooking” is a great flick to watch – the foodie stuff in the movie always intrigues me.

    1. Christina says:

      I am TOTALLY looking up “What’s Cooking” on Netflix NOW- thank you so much for the hook-up! Oh, and thanks for reading my post!

  7. M. says:

    Interesting post. Thanks

  8. Thanks for this food for thought! And congrats on being freshly pressed!
    From Port-au-Prince,
    [P.S. Please remember Haiti (a place where hunger makes food really matter) on this one year anniversary of the earthquake.]

    1. Christina says:

      Hello Kathryn. WONDERFUL blog. Thank you so much for the congratulatory comment. I can’t imagine what its like in Haiti. I was watching the “national” news the other evening (which I NEVER do0 I’m an Amy Goodman/Democracy Now news person) and I believe the newsanchor said something like “For the first time in one year the Haiti residents in tents has dropped below 1 million”. I think I stopped breathing for a second. We, humans, by humans I mean ME, have short attention spans and I was SHOCKED at that statistic. I will def. keep Haiti on my radar from now on, via my Weekend Reading post I do every Sunday. It’s a news-based post filled with only food, sometimes environment related links… I will research stories for Sunday. Thank you.

  9. Lana says:

    I can’t wait to hear your first podcast! We too are in a food rut… oh, chili again? .. sigh. Oh, toddler who won’t try anything new why do you vex your foodie mama??? I also have marshmallows (vegan) on my to-do list… but waaaaay down since I only own a hand mixer. 10-15 minutes of floofing and whipping? Sigh. And let’s not even delve into how to make hot chocolate allergy friendly. Double sigh.

    I’d like to do more canning/preserving this summer too. Or… buy a deep freeze and just freeze everything! Oh laziness. Resolution #1: re-energize.

    1. Christina says:

      Okay Lana, You are awesome! I am right there with you babe. I am re-energized via the New Year but still in a food allergy slump. The GF breads are truly getting me down.

      Anyways, As I said last night via Twitter- I LOVE LOVE LOVE your food resolution post. I think I’m going to start a blog “invitational” or “Challenge” for bloggers to come up with their own resolutions and I will post a monthly recap post if people email their links to their resolution-specific posts!!

      We actually have a podcast, that never made it to “air”, because it took me HOURS to edit like 5 minutes of audio. It was on our Edible Holiday Gifts…. I need to learn a few more things before we go live or I will never leave my house!

      Oh Lana, I posted a “make your own hot chocolate mix” on my edible gift post with an allergen-free granola…. Miles has never had a problem with the unsweetened cocoa powder I purchase… It’s from Swansons Health Products or something.. I will look into that.

  10. TANIA says:

    What a great idea! I never thot about getting together with like minded people to blog together! I love your blog:)

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks Tania… Yeah, we were a food club at first but about 3 months into it I had the idea for the blog- why not? Different perspectives and voices, perfect! Then we added guest contributors.. Its been so much fun! Thanks for reading the post and visiting the blog!

  11. Dianna says:

    ok, ok. Fortune cookies. They are coming, I promise. Maybe I’ll make a test batch for work but right now I am busy baking your birthday cake for tomorrow. I didn’t get matzo before the snow storm hit, so I can’t make my chocolate covered matzos for Janice for your birthday too, but I will work on all this stuff any second now. As soon as I get off facebook.

    And congrats on the recognition in the blogosphere. I keep telling you how good your blog is. I don’t read it just because you are my friend but because I actually like it.

  12. Hmmm…Nice and Long list…Will certainly look forward to project updates as and when you complete them !!!!🙂 (i too often make a long list of to-dos n hardly manage to do a few)

  13. I love these ideas. They sound like great ways to motivate yourself again. And I never would have thought of making your own bouillon! I may have to try that (I lament the msg infused kind all the time so it would be nice to try my own….)

    Also, as far as the coffee goes, my husband and I generally make what we call “Hocking Hills Coffee” (named after our honeymoon location where we found ourselves without a coffee pot and were forced to improvise). You boil water, then pour it into a pot with your coffee (french press style) — I think we use about two tablespoons of ground coffee per coffee cup because we like it strong. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes, then pour it through a large tea ball into the individual cups. I’m not sure this counts as any official sort of brewing method, but it’s become our favorite way to make coffee (and doesn’t require a special french press — we use a $1 thrift store ceramic coffee pot). It make a strong coffee with a lot of coffee silt at the bottom. It really brings out the flavor of the coffee, especially if you have good coffee.

  14. Encouraging post. I think the post holiday time can be a slump for many people. Getting out of that slump is something I’m working on now, and the postaweek challenge is helping.

    About food movies, have you seen Food Inc.? It’s good, but a bit scary.

  15. Inspiring and innovative! I never thought I could make my own bacon or buillon…

  16. D.A. says:

    Such a cute post! I LOVE the photos you’ve got embedded here!

  17. Lakia Gordon says:

    Loved the post🙂

  18. Good post. My food-related resolution for this year is to eat food, not something masquerading as food. More challenging than you would think!

  19. asrai7 says:

    This is a wonderful list! I’m sure it will be enough to get you out of your food-bored slump. Sometimes all we need is a little change, no?

  20. A Blogger says:

    I love this! My littlest brother, my mom, and I are all gluten and dairy free and my brother also can’t eat eggs. Food is always an adventure in our house and your post is an inspiration to try new things! I completely understand getting bored and frustrated… can’t wait to see how this goes for you!

  21. extremesheila says:

    great list and post!

  22. Kyla says:

    Great post!
    I have actually “slaughtered and processed” meat. It wasn’t for my consumption, but for the animals that I trained. Andian Condors are big fans of venison. Anyway, just a tip or two to help you get through it. Try not to get friendly with any animal you are going to slaughter, please don’t read this as be mean or inhumane, but try not to view it as your pet or buddy. Second, the sights of the process *may* be tolerable, but the smells won’t. I’ve worked with many, many animals and chickens – by far – take the cake on stinkiest poo! Good luck with your endeavors. Looking forward to reading about them.

    1. Alexis says:

      Wow Kyla, I have an even higher level of respect for you now!

  23. 4megsmusing says:

    Great post, and ideas. I have many dietary restrictions myself, so i can totally relate. I will be following your posts.

  24. enjoibeing says:

    great list and awesome post. love your ideas. i try to be on a strict diet but its so hard with all these new and up coming restaurants ruining them haha.


  25. Barbara says:

    Chris – very interesting. Good luck!

  26. Hanna Wilbur says:

    “Go to Blogher Food Blog conference in Hotlanta” Hahah… you make food so much more fun. But, REMEMBER to finish your food. Respect it.😀

  27. So what are your thoughts on the SB510 bill, eh?:/ talk about respecting food…

  28. thewondermya says:

    hi there

    loved the post and loved the ideas. I am also alergic to wheat, dairies, egg and most cereals except from gluten free oat. i fel your boredom…

  29. rtcrita says:

    Very ambitious! I’m wishing you ALL GOODNESS on accomplishing everything you set out to do in this New Year!

  30. erhu ianyce says:

    great post🙂

  31. Jean says:

    Very interesting. Another type of activity that a foodie blogger could add:

    Volunteer at a children’s school breakfast or food bank or charity soup kitchen.

  32. Jean says:

    Very interesting. Another type of activity that a foodie blogger could add:

    Volunteer at a children’s school breakfast or food bank or charity soup kitchen. After all, these types of programs are also part of the consumer food chain.

  33. Jean says:

    Or learn/master/document a family recipe. (I have several of them, all undocumented at this time. Meaning as recipes with documented measurements. I just have blog posts about such food memories with pics.)

  34. shelleynicole says:

    I love your reference to happy pork! Is that like smiling cow? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY BORED OF CHIPOTLE! All I can say is I wish I were bored of Chipotle but I don’t have any where I am from. If you are bored of baking, you need to hop a plane to France and check out kissmyspatula.com and/or Bisous A Toi! You can find the latter of the two at my site
    http://www.theundergroundferriswheel.com. I feel that food is better to photograph now-a-days than it is to eat. My overall disappointment with food is that it cannot be framed and hung from my wall. I have to eat it. But the eating part is never so much fun as examining it from all the various angles. I totally get where you’re coming from!

  35. toddjdanforth says:

    I am OBSESSED with hipstamatic. lol

  36. Oh wow..that is a long list to accomplish this year. Im sure you’ll do just fine and you’ll have a blast doing them🙂

    Do another post once you’ve accomplished them!


  37. That sandwich looks so off the chain beautiful. I can’t even stand it. I need to make a tribute to it.

  38. Crista says:

    Oh my I think I’m in love with your blog. Just caught it freshly pressed. Just love food cooking health et al. Also just found out I’m allergic to everything!! Living on Asia and a little homesick nearing 30 years old… Can’t wait to read on and even try a few recipes🙂 thank you and cheers

  39. Katie says:

    This is a fun list! I too caught you on Freshly Pressed and must say that this is going to become a must-read for me! Looking foward to your podcast too! Kate xo

  40. xsastro says:

    good job dude …. you make food so much more fun and interest.

    i have sexy site tooo …. check it dude

  41. How exciting! Especially the lox — I have been craving lox recently, and have yet to figure out where they keep it in the store.

  42. rizbay says:

    ingin bikin cheat..

  43. Diana says:

    Really like your pics!

  44. Roda says:

    check out my recipe site for some inspiration http://rodas-recipes.blogspot.com

  45. Samantha says:

    I think the 50 Loaves/50 States project idea is incredibly fascinating, and will totally be following if you start it up.

    Your photos are also gorgeous – looking forward to seeing how you get on with the list!

  46. Just subscribed to your blog. Yes!🙂

  47. melindard says:

    So glad to have stumbled across your blog. I love your from scratch club idea. My husband and I do a from scratch weekends thing in our home and I include a segment on it on my blog. I am a registered dietitian and I teach nutrition and have only recently started cooking more. Last January we decided to make 1 fully from scratch meal a weekend, and although we did not do it every weekend, we did get quite a few in. Our 2 most recents were pierogies, and I did a PB and J entirely from scratch. Feel free to check out my blog.
    I have a feeling I am logged in under my wordpress account and so my post (name) will link to my other blog which is a “travel” site from the location where I live.

  48. That list is awesome! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!! You going to have to work your butt off now on keeping us all updated on each project!
    It would be awesome if you assigned each goal a month in which you would be doing it. Then in anticipation, you could post on it. Everyone will then know what they looking forward to.
    Am i making things too complicated?
    Going to have a squizz around now.

  49. Elizabeth says:

    Great post and ideas!!!

  50. huffygirl says:

    Very ambitious projects. So why do you need to cure bacon? – I didn’t even know it was sick🙂 Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  51. J says:

    Good luck I hoe you stay inspired, greta visuals. A Detroit girl in NYC and the cool things she saw http://wp.me/p11rPI-7G

  52. Really like your post!

  53. your blog is beautyful!

  54. Ginny says:

    Love the blog and your projects. “16 Salsa Can-o-Rama” You must do it! Every year I increase the amount of ingredients I grow and how many jars I fill. We still run out!

    “8 Marshmallows” – You can go with or without egg whites. I go without. Make both! And remember – if all cleans up with a little hot water.😉

  55. Ryan Rosado says:

    Very nice photos! Would you care to share what filter and film you used on the first photo. I really like it!

  56. Nora Weston says:

    Hi! Your post is wonderful. I see a few others are now interested in making marshmallows too. That will be a fun thing to try. Your ideas are inspiring, so best of luck to you as they become realities. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  57. I didn’t go to Farm Camp but stayed with a farming family in Canada once. Very interesting to see how the food on the table relates to the land. I enjoyed collecting the eggs each day.

  58. I love bacon, and I love marshmellows. It’s a natural fit!😛

  59. mrsand241 says:

    good writing and good photos

  60. I love the pictures that accompanied your descriptions, thanks for the food film lists… I haven’t heard of some of them, so nextflix here they come!!

  61. Connie T says:

    I get tired of food too. I am now doing stuff I don’t ever make. Last night I made egg rolls. Tonight I am going to make chilla Relentos (Not sure if that spelling is correct.) I hope it turns out good.
    I will be back to read more of your blog.

    1. Christina says:

      Wow-Egg rolls and chile rellenos, great! Two interesting ways to get yourself out of a food rut. LOVE IT! How did the dish turn out? Thanks for reading the post, I do hope you’re stop in again soon!

  62. mdutiel says:

    great pictures on this post! good luck!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for the kind words…hope you’ll come back as we’re a photography-heavy blog!

  63. 9medusa says:

    Thats a brilliantly long list🙂
    but a great list none the less.
    would be looking forward to your results on bread, something i have on my list to bake as well.
    best of luck🙂

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  65. Artswebshow says:

    It might be just what you need to get your passion for cooking back.
    Good luck

  66. Sara Watt says:

    Great post, looking forward to the next one. ~SW

  67. SherryGreens says:

    Wow, so impressive! I am mixing things up a bit too over here, I just made my first homemade loaves, and am attempting to support local farmers at the farmer’s market. Good luck on 2011!

  68. Cultural Dishes says:

    Hi there & thanks for the post! I am searching for families in the NY/NJ/CT area who are interested in sharing their family recipes; for more info please go to: http://castingfortelevision.com/

  69. lolalovesit says:

    Great post and great list- very inspiring🙂

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you Lauren!

  70. Dianna says:

    So here it is July. How are you doing? I have totally failed on my two contributions; a fortune cookie post and a prison loaf project. But the year is only half over! I will do both within the next month!!!! Promise!!!

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