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Preserving with Friends, indeed.

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Harriet has combed through all of the comments on the Preserving with Friends DVD giveaway post, and has made her decision. Here’s what she has to say about your contributions:

After reading all these lovely posts (53 in all) it was hard, very hard to choose.  Who could not love Terresa’s story of the parish blue ribbon or Joe’s passion for passing on the craft to his kids?  And he’s right you know, homemade applesauce does always tastes better.  Amanda’s homage to the Ball Bros. reminded me that brands do start from real people in real towns even though I can get pretty grumpy about the concept of branding at times.  Of course I was completely envious of Jackie P who mentioned an event called the Family Farm Festival where Sandor presided over the kraut.  Would I have loved to be there?  You bet, dancing my heart out with a cabbage leaf on my head (well, that would have been after hours).  And Caitlin, I love, love, love that you make pickled eggs for your dad only wonder why only every other year.  How many do you make at one time? Seems like a fellow can go through quite a few in a year.  That must be one big crock you got over there.  But, alas, there is one winner and I guess after seeing that image of canned chicken that Pat put on display and wondering if it was good, well, I thought the prize should go to Erica G. who cans chicken all the time and says it is the best.  She may have closed the ranks between the waring parties.  I too will can up some chicken this year.  It that way, we have given each other a gift.

Congratulations, Erica G. And bravo to all of you Food Preservationists out there – you’re keeping this incredibly important skill alive and sharing it for others to learn!

HOMEGROWN Road Trip Part 4: Portland, OR

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Portlandia, indeed. We are smitten with this town. Locally-sourced ingredients seem to be the assumed standard everywhere, small independent businesses are thriving here, and, yes, hot girls DO wear glasses (and knit caps) here!

The highlight of our time in Portland was by far the couple of hours I spent at Harriet Fasenfest’s dining room table. Any member of the Food Preservation group knows Harriet, but many of us know Harriet because of her critically important book “The Householder’s Guide To The Universe”. After making corn cakes (from corn she ground earlier that morning) and real, thick, heritage-breed bacon to die for, we sat and talked about the “good food movement”, Jim Hightower populism and (“what is it all about?” she asked. “What is the objective of what you’re doing? Tell us more about who is behind it!” I’m excited to act on some of the ideas we bandied about, and to engage Harriet and all who are interested in the journey. Stay tuned for more!

Before leaving, we toured through her gardens and canning kitchen / classroom – quite the lovely setup, indeed. More photos from Portland will be up on Flickr as soon as I can get a less-than glacial internet connection.

The number of truly cool things that we withnessed here is large, so I’m just going to give y’all a list with links. We’ll be back, beloved Portland! Don’t go changin’!


Sizzle Pie – good pizza, but, even better, they are all named after heavy metal bands!

Grand Central Baking Company – biscuits and baked goods like heaven on Earth. Check out their cookbook, too.

Screen Door – Yup, Southern Cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. Their fried chicken is boneless and juicy, with just the right kick of spice. They also do bourbon flights!

Por Que No? – fresh and righteous Mexican taqueria.

Grain and Gristle – in-house pickled stuff (mushrooms, celery, apples, sausage), all-local beers, and the velvetiest chicken liver pate evarrr.

Pine State Biscuits – Hungover hipster heaven.

Places we wish we had in our town:

The Rebuilding Center – “Founded by volunteers in 1998, The ReBuilding Center carries the region’s largest volume of used building and remodeling materials. It provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials.”

SCRAP (School and Community Reuse Action Project) – Basically, anything that could have ended up in a school dumpster ends up here instead. Inspiring scrounged art projects across the Pacific Northwest.

For the vinyl geek (because I’m married to one)

Mississippi Records

Next stop: Seattle, WA.