{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} 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…