Tag Archives: Eat Local

Down on the farm

Last week I knew I had a three day weekend coming up and I didn’t exactly know what to do with it, so I thought I’d offer my help to anyone who needed it. Amazingly, the very first person I asked was willing to take me up on my offer and asked if I was willing to drive up to Bonifay to help out on the farm and build a chicken coop. Can’t say I’ve ever done it, but I’m always up for something new. I was asked to meet up at the farm around 6:30 AM to grab some breakfast before we got started. Continue reading

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Think outside the drum

As anyone who has turned on a TV in the past month knows, there is a massive plume of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Recently I moved to the Gulf Coast and instantly took to eating locally and enjoying the fresh seafood, but that time is now over. With the larger and larger fishing bans, many fishermen are choosing to do other things to get paid, resulting in many local restaurants running out of product. The wildlife is suffering, the economy is suffering and there is currently no end in sight. Even when the geyser is turned off, it’ll still take decades to clean the mess, and even then, our addiction to oil won’t stop. Continue reading

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Yo, Gurt, make your own!

So, a few of you may have read my previous post about yogurt where I said that I would attempt to make my own next. Well, that time has come! The other day I bought a quart of milk from a local dairy for $3.00, and one “starter” yogurt for $1.34. If all went well I’d have a whole quart of yogurt for less than $5.00. Not too shabby, if I don’t say so myself! So, first of all you need all of this stuff: Continue reading

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Jennifer James 101 – Albuquerque

So my job sends me away to do site installations every so often and it takes me around the country to places I would have never stopped on my own… because vacations are expensive. While on these trips I am given a set amount of money to eat with… as long as these meals are “free” I make it a point to enjoy some really good local cuisine based on things I’ve heard or seen on the internet, TV, and word of mouth. Continue reading

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Remembering Omaha

Originally this was supposed to be my last post before leaving Omaha. Unfortunately due to many different things, this didn’t get finished.

Luckily the dust is settling and what was once my last post from Omaha will be my first post from Panama City. Today I fondly look back at my favorite Omaha places… Continue reading

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Let’s get moving!

In just a few weeks this blogger will be posting live from sunny Florida, rather than snowy Nebraska. What a change in scenery, no?

This move will be a challenge for me, though, as Northwestern Florida isn’t known for its food scene. In fact, I don’t think it has one. Continue reading

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Little. Yellow. Different.

Last Saturday I had my vegetable world turned upside down by Black Sheep Farms. I was handed one of the weirdest vegetables I had ever seen.

What was this? It looked like a tomato, but felt solid like a squash of some sort. If you wish to know the mystery of this item, you’ll have to come inside and read a bit more. Continue reading

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Summer Vegetable Gratin

This recipe is quite a long time coming and I kind of feel bad it took me this long to post it on here, but I had to make sure it was perfect.

The dish seems quite simple with just the veggies, some cheese, and herbs, but don’t let that fool you. This has much more flavor than you’d expect it would. Continue reading

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The Great White Eggplant

I have sailed the seven seas seeking the legendary great White Eggplant that goes by the name Moby Aubergine. This day I not only found it, I captured the beast!

Now join me as we look closer at this cousin to the eggplant you get in your supermarket and be surprised that while it is similar, it is also quite different. Continue reading

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I say Tomäto

I’m always one to help out someone in need and this week I finished a new website for Tomāto Tomäto, which is a small (but growing) local business dedicated to locally grown food.

Check out this article to see the site design and also to find out about one of Omaha’s newest up and coming companies! Continue reading

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Garden ’09: Week 4

Has it only been a month? My plants have started growing like there is no tomorrow! At this rate I’ll be harvesting much sooner than I thought… it’s amazing! I also finally have my warm-weather growers… whoo!

I really can’t wait to start cooking with these guys… nothing like fresh-picked flavor! Continue reading

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Garden ‘09: Week 2

The thing about gardens is that it is a lot of waiting. It’s kind of funny, plants have been around for millions of years, but for some reason I seem to think that if I’m not here to watch over them they won’t last.

Anyway, so far I’m two weeks in and the garden is looking great! I can’t wait to start cooking with it all! Continue reading

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Garden ’09: Week 0

Winter is finally over, the grass is starting to turn green and the birds are back singing overhead. What does this mean? It means Spring has Sprung and it is finally time to start planting!

This is my second year attempting a small garden so let’s see if I can top last year’s experience! It is time for Garden 2009!! Continue reading

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Dan Barber talks Foie Gras

Chef Dan Barber speaks at a TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference about an experience he had with what some people are calling ‘Ethical Foie Gras’.

This is a good watch for anyone wondering about the whole “eat local” movement and why new isn’t always better. Continue reading

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