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it’s for the kids.

twice a month I get the pleasure of working with Discovering Options and about ten grade school kids. it is loads of fun!

so when Charmaine (the lovely and inspiring director of this after-school program) asked me to participate in an event in September, I jumped at the chance.

Iron Kids is going to be a great party with appetizers, drinks, and a competition of dishes that the kids helped create. Come by and help these kids get the support they need!

-clara

 

(Discovering Options is always looking or Mentors or Volunteers, please call 314-721-8116 to get started)

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a little love from the mayor.

mayor slay himself posted a bit love for the LHC and lil ole’ me, too:

check out what he had to say – here and here.

-clara

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old news is still good news.

i know this story broke about a month ago, but i finally got a chance to sit down a read a little bit about it in depth.

michelle-garden

michelle obama planted a garden on the white house grounds! this is oh so very exciting, hopefully proving to americans that growing and producing of foods is a concern of everyone.

best of all, this will prove that a small $200 investment will yield wonderful and nutritious food all season.

i hope this gets people thinking and then growing some of their own veggies.

you can read an article here.

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Joe Pollack believes in us…

we were recently reviewed in Joe and Ann Pollack’s blog – i would say it was pretty good.

you can view it here.

we also got a nice little piece in St. Louis Magazine, on page 199. check it out.

and last, but not least, we have settled on a set menu for our dinner service, there may be a bit more tweaking, but this is generally how it will look. please stop by and sample some of our offerings.

Winter Dinner Menu

Starters
Savory Bread Pudding (served with hot pepper peach jam) – 4
Cheese & Antipasto Plate – 8
Hummus & Crostini – 4
Marinated Olives – 2

Salads
Small – 4     Large – 7
Winter Salad (roasted apples and dates served on mixed greens with goat cheese
& white wine vinaigrette
)
House Salad (mixed greens, house-pickled beets, goat cheese, pecans)

Entrees

Green Plate Special – 8
Changes Daily

Rustic Puttanesca with Meatballs – 10
(classic Italian sauce of tomatoes, olives, onions, capers with carrots, locally grown lima beans, house-made meatballs using local pork & beef, served over locally grown rice)

Stockpot Special – 10
(house-smoked Missouri grass-fed brisket, with carrots, celery, onions, in a rich broth, served with roasted potato halves)

Open-faced Brisket Sandwich – 11
(house-smoked Missouri grass-fed brisket, served hot on a Companion roll with smoked Gouda cheese, with cole slaw & a cup of vegan chili)

Vegetarian Lasagna – 8
(fresh, locally-made lasagna sheets layered with spinach, zesty sauce, mozzarella & ricotta cheeses)

Chili with Toasted Cheese – 8
(house-made black bean chili topped with grated raw cheddar, onions, chiles, chili raita, served with 3 cheeses on toasted Companion bread)

Dessert

Chocolate Cheesecake – 4

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more of what barbara has to offer.

this is a continuation of this post about the book “animal, vegetable, miracle.”

barabara kingsolver and her family are continuing to inspire me and my quest for good food.

she asserts, over and over, that community and respectful farming practices are the most important steps to this.

i have a few more digestible quotables for you:

ms. kingsolver tries to explain her family’s decision to become a large part of (and sometimes only part of) their eating chain (from growing to fabricating to cooking their food):

“A lot of human hobbies, from knitting sweaters to building model airplanes, are probably rooted in the same human desire to control an entire process of manufacture. Karl Marx called it the antidote to alienation. Modern business psychologists generally agree, noting that workers will build a better car when they participate in the assembly rather than just slapping on one bolt, over and over…In the case of modern food, our single-bolt job has become the boring act of poking the thing in our mouths.”

she also continues to implore everyone to think about how their money is spent, or at least where it goes.

“Buying your goods from local businesses rather than national chains generates about three times as much money for your local economy. Studies from all over the country agree on that, even while customers keep buying at chain stores, and fretting that the downtown blocks of mom-and-pop venues are turning into a ghost town.”

and also reminds us that it is not only healthy and good to buy from local farmers, but patriotic to the core.

“Thomas Jefferson…presumed on the basis of colonial experience that farming and democracy are intimately connected. Cultivation of land meets the needs of the farmer, the neighbors, and the community, and keeps people independent from domineering centralized powers.”

-clara

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animal, vegetable, miracle.

avm i recently picked up Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Mircle,” though i have owned it for some months now (thank you vacation time). i am only through the first four chapters and i am almost exhausted – in a good way.

the jist – the author and her family spend a year eating locally (food off of their own land in rural Virginia, or from their neighbors), this is the story of their journey.

this book is packed with information and inspiration – i decided i couldn’t wait till i finished this book to tell you all about it. i have so many dog-eared pages and underlined sections that the final blog post would be impossibly long.

so i will share with you a few interesting things brought up in the book so far-

Barbara (along with her husband Steven and daughter Camille) seek out to inform people about the pros (and sometimes cons) of eating as locally as possible. here Steven explains the amount of oil consumption required for out-of-season foods can be curbed easily:

“A quick way to improve food-related fuel economy would be to buy a quart of motor oil and drink it. More palatable options are available. If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 billion barrels of oil every week…Small changes in buying habits can make big differences.”

the Kingsolver clan also tries to warn us about our dependence on single variety crops (mostly corn and soybeans), explaining that not only is diversity delicious and interesting but also almost necessary for human survival:

“The Irish once depended on a single [variety of] potato, until the potato famine rewrote history and truncated many family trees. We now depend similarly on a few corn and soybean strains for the majority of calories (both animal and vegetable) eaten by U.S. citizens. Our addiction to just two crops has made us the fattest people who’ve ever lived, dining just a few pathogens away from famine.”

last, but not least, Steven explains how a small farm is not only better for the environment, the community, and the health of our neighbors but is actually more profitable than big industrial farms:

“According to USDA records from the 1900s, farm less than four acres in size has an average net income of $1400 per acre. The per-acre profit declines steadily as farm size grows, less than $40 an acre for farms above a thousand acres. Smaller farms maximize productivity in three ways: by using each square foot of land more intensively, by growing more diverse selection of products suitable to local food preferences, and by selling more directly to consumers, reaping more of the net earnings. Small-farm profits are more likely to be sustained over time, too, since these farmers tend to be better stewards of the land, using fewer chemical inputs, causing less soil erosion, maintaining more wildlife habitat.”

subterranean books also reviewed with book a few months ago.

-clara

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Homegrown

ecopioneerLast night’s screening of the documentary Homegrown (part of the St. Louis International Film Festival) filled me with excitement, possibility, hope, and amazement. Homegrown tells the story of the Dervaes family and their urban homestead. They grow over 6500lbs of produce on a 1/5 of an acre at their home in Pasadena, CA.

The family also uses solar power, makes their own bio-diesel, has chickens for eggs, a couple of goats for compost and manure, uses their home as learning center for area schools, and sells their produce to local restaurants and catering businesses. One of the wonderful things about this family of four (dad and his three kids who are now adults) is that they constantly challenge themselves to see what is possible–how much more food can they grown, how can they be more self-sufficient, how can they best share their knowledge….the list goes on.

I was excited to think about my own backyard and what might be possible there. My friend and neighbor Anita went with me and we joked about busting out the fence that separates our yards so we could really do some damage! Several of the things they do were beyond my current comprehension–washing clothes by hand, manufacturing bio-diesel and even eschewing electric appliance like blenders, food processors and microwaves in favor of hand operated appliances. They are the real deal.

Check out their website www.pathtofreedom.com I’m dreaming of getting a copy of the video and having a viewing party at the cafe one night. Fun?

Lets hear it for real mavericks.

-Maddie

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