{FSC Book Club} Assignment 1 & 2 Recap

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Can you believe it? We’ve already finished our first two assignments for Round 4 of the FSC Book Club. We are reading and and cooking our way through Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put ‘em Up and Use ‘em…

{FSC Book Club} Round 4 Selection & Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER AND THE WINNERS ARE:  Kate “This summer I want to make cucumber pickles. I can never seem to grow enough cukes for a batch.” and Stephanie: “Moving into a house with cherry trees, and could use some preservation ideas!” We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club….

{giveaway winner} Put em UP! Fruit

We had 96 amazing answers to our request to tell us about your love for fruit: in jam, as soda syrup base, poached in wine, used on meat, in a salad, etc… A comment won someone a copy of Sherri Brooks Vinton’s newest book, Put ’em Up! Fruit. First up, some amazingly personal & thoughtful comments: Terry: Since I…

{diy projects} Quince Jelly & Membrillo

Quince is an interesting fruit – too tart and hard to eat raw, the fruit turns from green to golden yellow fruit when ripe and grows on small thorned trees. Quince is part of the pear, apple, and rose family, and the ripe fruit smell floral and fragrant. I am lucky to have a neighbor…

{giveaway recap} What Makes You Put Food in Jars?

Before we get to the winner… let’s recap some of the inspiring & enthusiastic answers to our giveaway question: What makes you put food in jars? Leah shares: “We’ve been canning (first timers) for a few months now and love it! It’s now one of our passions! Would LOVE to win! “ Arya says: “I…

{weekend project} Violet Jelly

    O wind, where have you been, That you blow so sweet? Among the violets Which blossom at your feet – Christina (Georgina) Rossetti This Spring, I discovered that many of the “weeds” that grow in my yard are edible! This is exciting if, like me, you enjoy foraging for food and, come springtime, are…

{FSC Community} DIY Projects 2011

{pine paneling from my childhood room = raised garden beds} We were so blown away by the insightful, inspiring and enthusiastic responses we got from our Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking book giveaway question–What DIY Project are you most excited to tackle this summer?– that we are posting all responses, plus our own d.i.y. dreams….

{recap} Power to the Boil 2011

Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to announce that Dianna has her name in lights {finally} and that I’m not credited with her wonderful posts any longer. Dianna has her final post on the 2011 maple syruping season. If you missed the “How To” or my photo diaries on: tapping and one their three “big boils”, take…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

NEWS I’m gonna start with the only really “big” food story of the week; the UN report that I mentioned yesterday that states that the myth that only Big AG can feed the world is bullocks. The UN Right to Food Report in PDF format. Grist has a commentary. Bittman concentrated on the subject this…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

Due to our {unexpected} blog vacation last week, this edition will cover many news items, recipes, food projects and commentaries from the past two weeks… -Christina Ride Mama Ride?!! RIIIIIIIDE Pleeeeeeesssse. NEWS Hot off the press, Stop & Shop calls for a voluntary recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy & Super-Chucky Peanut Butter (another peanut…

{how you do it} NOW is the Time to Plan Your Garden

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy Dianna’s third installment of her monthly {How You Do It} series. Don’t miss this extremely informative post on planning a ‘tomato sauce’ garden through the eyes of the “Community Share Cropping” system Dianna and her husband, Michael, created with their network of friends. Oh, and she shares a terrific tomato sauce…

{Dark Days & GIVEAWAY} Week 6

Editor’s Note: This is our fourth installment of a 4 1/2 month challenge, Dark Days, taken up by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as local, sustainable, ethical and organic as possible. I’m talking gluten-free sweet potato gnocchi, my very own quart of canned tomatoes and some sautéed broccoli rabe….

{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…

{edible gifts} Escaping Christmas-time Consumerism w/ Apple Chutney

I have tremendously mixed feelings about the gift-giving aspect of Christmas.  Despite my outspoken criticism of the advertisement-driven culture of Christmas, I find myself purchasing gifts for family and friends every year.  Making, rather than buying gifts in the past has made me feel better about myself and the holiday as a whole.  So this…