Putting Food Up for the Cold Time–with Mom's Help
This past week my mom visited me in Brooklyn.
We canned corn relish, carrots, pickled hot peppers, dried tomatoes, and blanched and froze okra from the garden. It was a huge help having her here right now while I’m injured. It’s peak harvest season, but getting local food put by while on crutches is challenging (injury update for those who are interested: I have a full ACL tear in my right knee and go in for surgery in a week and a half).
Along with the food preservation projects, we also found time for the silly but fun extravagance of a pedicure (hey, the crutches are ugly but that’s no reason for my toes not to look fabulous).
Aside from Mom’s visit and my knee woes, the other news is that two local food and food preservation videos I participated in just went online. One is part of the launch of a new local food web site called Taste of Local. There’s an article about my 250-mile diet along with the video.
The other is of me and Ellen canning dilly beans in Ellen’s lovely kitchen in PA. The video is up on the Kitchen Caravan site, along with the recipe, which is from my book (shameless plug for the book, just in case you haven’t read it yet). Kitchen Caravan is devoting the entire month of September to local foods.
Both Kitchen Caravan and Taste of Local are great sites with lots of intriguing info. Well worth some time browsing through the other videos, articles, and recipes.
Time to go ice my knee again.
Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes by Leda Meredith