{fancy food club} We’re Bringing Fancy Back

Awhile back I wrote a piece about our Fancy Food Club. Since the other three couples in our club were Navy families, they have since moved from the area. This just left Chris and I and we certainly weren’t prepared to give up FFC. So, here’s a quick recap of what it is: a group…

{FSC Time Machine} Food Swapping in 2012

Another weekend, another set of “Best of 2012″ posts! If you’re new to this series, for the first handful of weekends in 2013,  I’m jumping on the FSC Time Machine to create recap-posts on the different topics we covered in 2012.  So far we’ve recapped: Bread & Breakfast Gardening Winter Projects Podcasting Sweets & Treats, Part 1, Food…

{Valentine’s Day 2012} Food Is Love

According to the Smithsonian, “French women traditionally have relied on subtle culinary cues to signal their amorous intentions. The July 1956 issue of the journal Western Folklore reported: “a young maid lets her swain know whether the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ by what she feeds him on St. Valentine’s Day. It’s a custom that…

{the new year} Baking for the Neighborhood

2011 was the year of food, for me. Food blogging, food swapping, exploring food preservation methods and diving into the world of acquiring local foods. It was during 2011 that I stumbled upon the FSC food swaps and found a place among kindred spirits. 2011 was also a year of hardship: my mom was diagnosed…

{reflections} Making Food Matter

I’m going to make a few, quick assumptions about you: 1.) You love food. 2.) You either love preparing it or you enjoy the company of others who will prepare it for you. 3.) You probably spend a decent amount of time thinking about food and/or food politics. Am I right? Chances are you wouldn’t…

{travel} “Is it Local?”

I am declaring Portland, Oregon a foodie mecca. It doesn’t boast the rich culinary history that charmed Ms. Julia Child in Paris, or the centuries-old traditions of Tuscany and the Italian countryside. Portland doesn’t have as many restaurants as New York City. But in terms of devotion to healthy, organic, local and from-scratch foods… well,…

{community} Be a Dinner Elf

Food is much more than a series of nutrients and calories. Food brings people together to celebrate the good times and helps sustain us during the tough times. Some recipes are infused with memories and help honor important people and times in our lives. Food is at the center of any good get-together: a casual…

{reflections} Social Meat Eating

I was raised by a Czech mother who was a fabulous cook.  Her repertoire included pancake soup, dumplings with goulash, pork roast so tender it melted in your mouth, Weiner schnitzel, thin beef rouladen stuffed with pickles and mustard.  Almost every dinner we ate for my entire childhood, with the exception of creamed spinach and…

{How To} Fancy Food Club

When I was young I remember my parents hosting dinner parties for their friends. I also remember them cooking fancy meals for each other. I will never forget them eating escargot and feeling totally freaked out as a five-year-old watching them eat it. I just always thought this is what adults did with their friends….

{theme week} St. Patrick’s Day

Directly from Wikipedia: Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become…

{FSclub} Soup Swap Day 2011

When we began this club, our monthly meetings were all about sharing a food experience, but once the blog was launched the three hour meetings quickly became more about the blog; topics, theme weeks, recipes, generating readers, giveaways, guest contributors. Not a horrible thing, but something that can be discussed via email and not something…

{our community} Your Food Memories

This is the part two of the giveaway winner post. The five of us were so touched by the deeply moving food memories that we are devoting this post to your words, your food memories. Thank you for joining the conversation and helping us create a community. – Christina, Alexis, Amanda, Leslie & Sarah Sally…

Thanksgiving Gratitude, an Update.

Note: This is my follow-up post to my plea for recipe help in our ongoing series, {Desperately Seeking} Reader Advice. -Christina Last week I asked for help with two issues based on the fact that my husband & I lost our Thanksgiving turkey because an illness had infected the flock at a local farm. I…