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Food and Faith

Making Bacon

This is my first effort at making my own bacon. It is fresh from about two hours in the oven after spending seven days in a salt/sugar/pink salt dry brine in my refrigerator. It already tastes very good. (It’s not…

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Are You a Gardener?

While I was squatted down near the floor, reading the organic (but of course) seed packets at the bottom of the rack (mmm, Black Plum Past Tomato – Russian variety that produces elongated, deep-mahogany to bronze fruit with a rich complex flavor that is concentrated when cooked down and also delicious for fresh eating, pretty much everything I want in a tomato…) when a woman suddenly walked up to me and asked with excitement in her voice, “You’re a gardener, right?” as if I were a rock star or an author or something cool like that.

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Michael Pollan does Louisville

Michael Pollan was here last week in Louisville promoting his new book, “In Defense of Food” to a sell-out audience in the Kentucky Center. Food is hot! You can catch much of what he covered in this interview on CBC…

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GMO smorgasbord

Most of us are in blissful denial about the genetically altered “foodstuffs” we put into our mouths in the United States, but the absurdity of the situation is too much for me to contain myself. NOTE: If you are enjoying…

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Food, Faith & Groundhogs

If you don’t like the weather in ____________, just wait a minute. I’ve lived in four different states that each claimed this folksy quip as their own pronouncement of the unpredictability of their weather. Each attributed this to a favorite…

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30-minute homemade mozzarella?

Well, it might take 45 minutes the first time. But Fritz used the recipe from Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable Miracle book and it came out fine. I keep saying I’m going to make it over this Christmas break, but reading,…

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Hillary Clinton and Big Meat

Hillary and big meat? We’ll get to that in a minute. John Edwards, for his part, has opposed factory farming in North Carolina, the state with the highest number of hog factory farms in the country. In Iowa last week,…

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