You could easily identify us at My Sister Knits as foodies. My love of delicious food comes from my childhood, and has been better informed by authors like Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver. Their books In Defense of Food and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle have inspired a love of local and fresh in me. In a week or so, the water will be turned on at the Community Garden and our seeds will go into the ground that is just now getting warm enough to receive them. And now that the local Farmers’ Markets are back, my access to food that has been grown close-by will increase, and the diversity available will be abundant.
While your idea of fun may not include hours of weeding, taking the shortcut of supporting your local growers will enrich the community, and provide you with some deliciously healthy meals. If you still aren’t inspired to get into the kitchen, you may want to take a look at Cooked.
Michael Pollan has published a new book this week that I can't wait to dive into. Mark Bittman of the New York Times recently wrote an op ed piece in which he interviews Michael about his ideas. In a nutshell: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is not any particular nutrient, or even any particular food: it’s the act of cooking itself. People who cook eat a healthier diet without giving it a thought. It’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic.”
While Michael isn’t a cookbook author, and this book doesn’t provide recipes that will make your mouth water; it may inspire you to start looking for them on your own. We have found some wonderful recipes online at Pinterest or surfing foodie blogs. You may find that all you need to do is follow Julie’s lead.
Put a bit of dressing in the bottom of a Mason jar, top with your favorite greens, and shake when you are ready to serve. Some more fun veggie-centric recipes can be found here.
We hope that websurfing can lead you to some tasty meals. And we'd would love to hear about what you've been cooking. Stop in on one of our Community Knit Nights on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8pm and let us know what you have found that you'd like to share. Here is to the coming abundance of summer, may it be delicious.