I feel as if lately I find myself doing more scrolling through Tumblr hearting and reblogging things than actually posting, which kind of sucks. Here I am again, lamenting the fact I don’t blog more often… in a blog post. Hmmm.
In addition to checking out Matchbook, that AMAZING Tumblr that pairs book covers with bikinis, here are a few things I’m hoping you’ll consider reading this week:
Before we begin, yes… this is shameless promotion, as all these articles were written by me.
1: Discovering delectable summer relishes - perfect toppings for any grilled meat. A recent column for Poor Taste
2: How to turn a regular old piece of salmon into cured gravlax. In two days. It’s pretty awesome and delicious. I’m sorry if you don’t live in the PNW and your salmon runs more than $10 a pound.
3: Turn three different kinds of fruit into delicious pickles - pickle cherries, strawberries, and watermelon rind. Not only do I tell you how to do it, but I offer suggestions for what to eat with your tangy pickles. One of my cookbook hero’s Karen Solomon retweeted my tweet about this, and I almost peed my pants I was so excited. I did this piece for Culinate.
4: Now for something I really hope you read: Nicki Maxwell’s RAFT Garden in Eugene.
Did you know that living in Oregon means I also live in Salmon Nation? A few years ago a man named Gary Nabhan divided our nation into different food nations depending on the heirloom foods that are native to each region. My parents, living in North Dakota live in Bison Nation, and when I lived in Tahoe I lived in Pinola Nut Nation.
I’m fascinated about this - and what it means for us. See, RAFT stands for Renewing America’s Food Traditions, and that’s what Maxwell’s garden is all about. She discovered Nabhan’s book and researched the endangered foods of Salmon Nation. For the past few years she’s been growing the endangered foods in her RAFT garden for the purpose of saving and spreading the seeds.
Bottom line - our biodiversity has been lost, and we are approaching a precipice. Now is the time to embrace our separate Nation’s specialties and help nurture them back from extinction. Screw Monsanto. Read Nicki’s journey - and maybe get inspired to take RAFT into your one life.
I think that’s all for now. Next week I’ll be back with tales of silly summer dessert, picnic tips, and more.