Friday, May 30, 2008 

Flickr Foto Friday

LOVE in Royal Icing
Originally uploaded by Whipped Bakeshop.

LOVE in Royal Icing

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 


Gmail. Google Maps. The new verb “to Google.” We’re familiar with Sergey and Larry’s “little company.” Not many people, however, know of Google employee #53, Charlie Ayers, and his own legacy at the Silicon Valley giant. Ayers created the eclectic, healthy menus served up to employees on the Google campus. His healthy, free offerings became the stuff of foodie and techie legend. Now, Charlie is dishing up ingredients to success with the publication of his Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef Who Fed Google.

The book is broken down into simple, user-friendly, bite-sized bits of knowledge (“Keep it local,” “Appreciate the source,” “Be curious”) mixed generously with brain- and soul-nourishing recipes: Dragon Breath Noodles, Hawaiian Kitchen Sink Smoothie, and the breakfast treat known as Charlie’s Mystical Granola.

Charlie’s smart way of cooking has graduated with flying colors from the Google kitchen labs and, just like, you’ll find yourself using this book regularly.

Food 2.0. Published by

Available locally at Chaucer's.

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Friday, May 23, 2008 

Flickr Foto Friday

Carrot Cookies
Originally uploaded by myfeasts.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

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Monday, May 19, 2008 


Beagle dawn
Originally uploaded by divide & concur.

an amazing adventurous seafaring expedition of awareness and teaching about the challenges and opportunities faced by inhabitants of this big blue marble.

The Voyage for Cleaner Energy is a worldwide lecture series and sailing expedition by Robert Swan and his team at 2041. The purpose of the voyage is to increase awareness about environmental issues related to climate change and inspire young people to lead the way in implementing practical, viable solutions.

The Voyage for Cleaner Energy will commence on April 8th, 2008 in San Francisco, California and will take Robert and his crew around the world to the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Over the next five years Robert will journey to the U.S., Russia, Europe, China, and India, talking with university students, corporate executives, and government officials about their roles as leaders in tackling climate change and accomplishing sustainability.

Along the way, our ‘2041’ yacht will sail along the coasts and across oceans- powered solely by renewable energy- as a moving symbol of our global mission. At each port of call our team will demonstrate the use of solar, wind, and bio-fuels as affordable alternatives to carbon-based fuels. The ‘2041’ will carry students, civic leaders, and business representatives on each leg of her journey, further opening the lines of communication between individuals, companies, and communities around the world. - 2041.

And, why yes, they do have a chef on board who is following their mission of sustainability!

Meet Hannah Huntley.....

Hannah graduated from Humboldt State University in the Redwood country of Northern California with a degree in Recreation Administration and a double minor in Business Administration and Peace and Conflict Resolution. She then lived in Malawi, Africa where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years. In Malawi, Hannah helped facilitate nutrition clinics with local health workers for women and their mal-nourished children. She also taught sign language to the deaf children and their teachers from the surrounding villages. A nature lover, she was fortunate to live at the base of beautiful Mt. Mulanje which she traversed and summited multiple times while in Malawi. Her dream is to spend her time on the water and the mountains promoting environmental awareness and sustainability through Ecotourism.

Hannah is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies/Ecotourism in San Francisco, California, hopefully bringing her one step closer to accomplishing her dream. Being a crewmember on the Voyage for Cleaner Energy is an incredible opportunity for her. She gets to promote organic foods, farmers markets, bio-diesel, renewable energy and other sustainable methods of living all while sailing the seas! 2041 Voyage Team
Now...if you think you have challenges of finding organic, local foods nearby your house, think about the challenges that Hannah faces in various ports o'call around the world!

When I spoke with her yesterday on the boat, she said that she was looking forward to shopping at our local Farmer's Market on Tuesday. She says she does her homework and plans ahead to shop for provisions at each stop. She says that she tries to go all vegetarian, but there are some who get on board who need to have their meat on occassion and she tries to accomodate them.

Follow their adventure on their They will soon be on their way down the coast to go through the Panama Canal, which apparently has a "traffic jam" of boats needing to pass through.

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Friday, May 16, 2008 

Flickr Foto Friday

giant strawberry cake
Originally uploaded by debbiedoescakes.

Giant Strawberry Cake...gotta love it.

It's strawberry more ways than one. The Strawberry Festival is coming this weekend!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008 

Happy Belated "Blogiversary"

to The Ethicurean! They've been "chewing the right thing" for two years now! Congrats!

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Friday, May 09, 2008 

King Arthur Flour

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Flicker Foto Friday

Letter "A"- Al Alligator
Originally uploaded by twinsline7.

Thursday, May 08, 2008 

SHAME on Top Chef

for using Monk Fish and Chilean Sea Bass on last night's episode. Those are two types of fish that we should avoid using because of overfishing and mercury contamination.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008 

The Bad Buzz On the Bees

They're busily buzzing off....

A survey of bee health released Tuesday revealed a grim picture, with 36.1 percent of the nation's commercially managed hives lost since last year.

Last year's survey commissioned by the Apiary Inspectors of America found losses of about 32 percent.

This is the second year the association has measured colony deaths across the country. This means there aren't enough numbers to show a trend, but clearly bees are dying at unsustainable levels and the situation is not improving, said vanEngelsdorp, also a bee expert with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.- AP via SFGate

It also seems they, like humans, need clean air to thrive.

Air pollution impedes bees' ability to find flowers. Air pollution interferes with the ability of bees and other insects to follow the scent of flowers to their source, a new study suggests. Their findings may help explain the current pollination crisis. - WaPo

Haagen daz "hearts" honeybees. They think we all should, too.

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Bad Year for Cherry Lovers

I am particular about my cherries. I absolutely LOVE the cherries grown in Wisconsin, especially the "Montmorency" cherries. For baking...and just plain eating. They are tart, juicy and plain delicious. And, unfortunately, it looks like we're going to face higher prices due to Mother Nature playing havoc with the weather and water supply.

Door County fruit growers say last year's drought combined with an unusually large crop could result in fewer cherries this year.

Richard Weidman of the University of Wisconsin Peninsular Research Station says early signs show 25 percent to 50 percent fewer buds on cherry trees there. Weidman says trees were weakened last year when an unusually large crop coincided with a drought. The lack of moisture also made it harder for trees to get nutrients during the winter. - Chicago Tribune

I really enjoy the cherry products from Country Ovens. Seems they even have a blog, too....Cherry Chat! Check out their Cherry De-Lites....hey are De-Licious! And stop by their blog and give them a "hello!"

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Monday, May 05, 2008 

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo
Originally uploaded by Southernpixel.


Sunday, May 04, 2008 


on the first Saturday in May.
We don't know what Eight Belles means on a horse farm, but in nautical terms "eight bells" marks the end of one's watch shift. - USAToday
Such a heartbreaking end to what should have been a glorious day.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008 


start your muddlers...IT'S DERBY DAY!


For richer bourbon flavor, try a higher-proof bourbon such as Wild Turkey 101-proof or Wild Turkey Rare Breed (108 proof). Another variation uses Cuervo Black Medallion. Whatever recipe you use, be sure to use crushed ice, and serve this drink extremely cold, with frost on the glass.

You may want to start with a glass that's spent time chilling in the freezer. Don't forget to serve with a straw for sipping.

8 to 10 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig, for garnish
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
Sparkling water
Crushed ice
Twist of lemon peel, for garnish
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Chill a (tall) Collins glass in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Combine the mint leaves, sugar, 1 ounce of the bourbon and a splash of sparkling water in the chilled glass. Use a spoon or wooden muddler to gently crush (muddle) the mint into the mixture.

Add a handful of crushed ice and stir vigorously. Add the remaining 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon and a splash of sparkling water. Fill the glass to the brim with ice (tightly packed), then use a bar spoon or knife to agitate the mixture until frost appears on the outside of the glass. Garnish with the mint sprig and lemon twist, and dust the top with confectioners' sugar. Insert a straw and serve immediately.

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Friday, May 02, 2008 

Flickr Foto Friday

Chocolate white chocolate chip cookie and vanilla bean ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip trimming
Originally uploaded by TowerGirl.

oozing goodness.....


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