some thoughts on food.

so far so good. the quiche was wonderful, but it’s not a new dish to us around here. j wasn’t crazy about it, but he did try it (without the jalapeno of course). we did, however, have it for lunch today rather than dinner last night since we had a big celebration.

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my nephew, carson, received “citizen of the year”, so we celebrated at kid-friendly ruby’s. we are so proud of you, carson!

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{carson and mistee}

i worked on both salsas today, and they were surprisingly easy and quick to make.

two things you’ll notice when you start eating locally grown and wholesome food: shopping will take up more of your time and more of your wallet. looking for quality foods, unfortunately, isn’t easy for everyone. we are lucky to have a plethora of farmer’s markets and specialty food shops in our area, but because i was shopping for many types of produce that i don’t normally use i spent a considerable amount of time at the store. for example, i wasn’t sure that i was choosing tomatillos correctly, so had to ask for assistance, and poblanos were marked pasillas (thank you sunset for saying that they would be!…too bad i didn’t read that part before going to the store).

our grocery bill was also slightly larger than normal, but my philosophy is that quality if by far more important than quantity. in america we are obsessed with the amount of food we get. we brag about buffets and large portions, but i would much rather have a smaller portion of really good food than a whole-lotta grossness.

several years ago i read french women don’t get fat. i will never forget author mireille guiliano’s words regarding this topic: America, the paragon of egalitarian values, somehow suffers from a gastronomic class system unknown in France. The right and opportunity to enjoy the earth’s seasonal best seems to be monopolized by an elite. Among the French, by contrast, a love of good, natural food is part of the universal patrimony. Not that the French don’t pay more for quality. On average, they spend a much greater proportion of their income on food. But what seems like a luxury to Americans is a necessity to the French.  

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One response to “some thoughts on food.

  1. Emily T.

    I’ve also read French Women Don’t Get Fat and loved it..

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