19 September 2009

Big Food vs. Big Insurance

Very interesting read from Michael Pollan. It's short but makes lots of sense to me. As someone who tries to eat local as much as possible and I'd like to see and would certainly be willing to support "a diversified, regional food economy" and expect I'm not alone. Now if someone could find a way for us to afford the said "regional food economy" I'd really appreciate it. Anyone? Anyone?

Other comments on Pollan's opinion piece: Locally (Mobile!) 

But I thought this Pollan piece is so far my favorite (excepting Harry Balzer - groan). My counter point later. 

Thanks to the New York Times for letting Big (Evil) Food be a topic of criticism.  

16 September 2009

Attention Retirees: Get out of Sam's Club

A little off topic, but you know I don't care  - wait - this is my blog thing so everything is on topic if I want it to be.

To: Retired People
From: Working Stiffs

Stay the hell out of Sam's Club on  the weekend. Go to Sam's during the week ____ the damn work week. You know when the rest of us are ... um ... working ... putting aside money for your retired-ness.

I would just once like to go to Sam's to get the few usual things we get there p'towels, peanut butter, milk (oh, and beer) with out you sloth-like creatures in the way. Stop snacking at every applewood-smoked bacon station - by the way, I love applewood-smoked bacon - come on Maverick Farms show some love.

Retirees, you are slow and obviously have plenty of time to waste and stop at every food trough and get in my damn way.

Next:  List of things I will never do when I get old.

15 September 2009

It's the obligatory end of summer and ....

And time for articles about pickles and preserving. While I appreciate these, it's a shame that it only happens at this time of year. Now perhaps it's a shame because individuals and companies are only trying to fill up space since there is not much else going on -- Halloween Parties and Thanksgiving are a little ways off yet - though you wouldn't  know that based on magazine covers. Perhaps it's a shame because I think you can pickle and preserve year around if you put your mind to it, but I'm the chick with a fridge so full of bread and butter pickles there is barely any room for the beer (gasp!).

I did think this was interesting enough to keep. 

And what about Canvolution?  Canning Across America's mission is right up my alley: Canning Across America (CAA) is a nationwide, ad hoc collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of “putting by” food.  Amen.