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I’m back and with pickles

Sorry the posts have been so few and far between.  Brought two new employees into my company and went on vacation for a week so it’s been crazy.  I’ll try to do better.  So yesterday I was thinking about pickles as I was eating lunch.  As long-term readers know I am a big fan of Michael Pollan’s books.  I make it a point to seek out local foods and eat things that are made up of ingredients my Grandmother would recognize.  If you look at a mass-produced jar of pickles you will see a long list of things including sodium benzoate, other preservatives and some unrecognizable things.  So I was real happy to pick up a jar of Catoctin Mountain Orchards Sweet Garlic Pickles.  Here are the ingredients:  fresh cucumbers, vinegar, garlic, onions, spices and salt.  They are delicious.  In fact while we were devouring them yesterday we decided to try making our own pickles next summer.  Up to now our efforts at preserving our produce have consisted of dehydrating, freezing or freezer jams.  I’ve always been kind of intimidated by real canning (just google botulism!)  so we will have to figure that out.  I think Santa Claus might be bringing a canner to the Fred household this Christmas.

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Interesting Site and Newsletter

Here’s a site about eating local.  Its got some links for farmer’s markets, CSA’s and restaurants that emphasize local foods.  Eat Local Check it out and let me know what you think.


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Great Magazine Find- Edible Chesapeake

I just wanted to share with you a great magazine that I recently discovered.  It’s called Edible Chesapeake.  From their website:

“Edible Chesapeake is a quarterly publication that celebrates the abundance of local and seasonal foods in the Chesapeake watershed. We celebrate family farmers, fishermen, food artisans, chefs, and other food-related businesses, as well as the consumers, home cooks and restaurant-goers who support them.”

Check out their website and their magazine.  It had a lot great information of interest to local foodies.  It was also interesting to see that this is part of a national community of these magazines.  It is published quarterly so I look forward to the winter 2007 edition.  I heartily recommend tracking down a copy or subscribing.



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