August 29, 2005

IMBB #18 - BLT & Buttermilk Cornmeal Onion Rings Summer's Flying, Let's Get Frying hosted by Linda of At Our Table is here. Already this international virtual cook off has served up Cappuccino Semifreddo with Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts in Singapore; Zucchini Rutabaga Cakes with Tomato Marmalade in Maine and Vietnamese Bahn Xeo Crispy Pancakes in Sydney. So many tasty possibilities! The BLT, bacon, lettuce and tomato, sandwich is the ultimate summer sandwich. All ingredients, particularly when locally sourced, say summer at every bite. The clean, fresh taste of tomato offsets the deep smoky saltiness of crisp-chewy bacon, while lettuce adds cool crunch. Over the years, and usually only in summer, I have worked on many variations on this theme. Today's lunch included the addition of Bay Bread sliced sourdough, Laura Chenel goat cheese, Brokaw Haas avocado, Eatwell rosemary sea salt, and a touch of McEvoy olive oil, to the Early Girl tomatoes, Fatted Calf bacon and Heirloom greens. Yes, yes I know iceberg is the classic but I'm not a fan and it has zero nutritional value. I know I also skipped the mayo for olive oil--variations allow for creativity. I've been thinking about this sandwich all week. I also had picked up some Walla Walla sweet onions from the Healdsburg farmers market. Homemade onion rings would accompany this beauty. The onion rings were a bit of a made up recipe. I knew I wanted them to be buttermilk but I wanted a crunch. In to a bowl filled with room temperature water went the rings of sliced onions....
Local Food Challenge Wrap Up - Part I Our American culture is all about faster, quicker and having whatever we need doing, done. Although the warning signs are everywhere we don’t seem to heed them. We work more hours than Europeans; most of us don’t take our hard-earned vacation time every year; Americans are sleeping less than we did 100 years ago and as a result we are losing touch with our families, friends, our communities and ourselves. But there’s hope in the form of a book called, "In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed", by Canadian journalist Carl Honore. Honore says he wants to find a balance between fast and slow, not eliminate speed altogether. In Praise Of Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools. The book, now in its ninth printing, is striking a chord worldwide with its simple but far-reaching suggestions. The concepts are straightforward and the writing is easy, well researched and is a mix of reportage, intellectual inquiry tempered with a dose of humor. It will serve to improve people’s lives by showing them how others are re-establishing our relationship to speed and time. Chapters cover the familiar, including the Slow Food Movement. “A Slow dish can be quick and simple…Another way round the time crunch is to cook more than you need when you can and freeze the surplus.” Other explorations revolve...


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