1. Vegan Food— These days, I’ve been eating less meat and dairy, and when I do, I try to only eat local and/or organic meat and dairy products—factory farming here in the US is pretty nasty. So naturally, I’ve been eating more vegan fare. And because there’s no butter or meat involved, creativity is key when it comes to making this kind of food taste good. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley is home to an ever-growing vegetarian/vegan dining scene, so tasty plant-based food isn’t hard to find. Recently, I picked up lunch from a place near my work called Végetalién. I tried a buddha bowl loaded with quinoa, fresh zucchini noodles with pesto, romesco sauce, other fresh veggies and tofu feta… now it’s pretty well-documented that I love cheese, but I do not like vegan cheese… until now.
2. CSAs— Last week, we picked up the first bit of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share at Obercreek Farm. We received lots of fresh organic greens, including different lettuces and kales, as well as fennel and spring onions. I think it’s important to support farmers (young ones in this case) in your community, as they have one of the hardest jobs—growing our food. I’m also pretty wary of vegetables coming from big ag, particularly lettuce, with all of the outbreaks that have occurred over the last few years (Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella etc.). To find a CSA near you, click here.
3. Ugly Delicious— I know I’m late to the party, but I just started watching this show on Netflix. From pizza to shrimp & crawfish, chef David Chang explores the cultural, sociological, and culinary history of beloved foods. In one part of an episode, Chang discusses home cooking with René Redzepi. Redzepi believes that social media has made people better cooks, whereas Chang thinks not. He believes that although people are more knowledgeable, they’re not as good at cooking since they don’t have to work as hard to learn. This show is definitely worth a watch (or weekend binge).
Apologies for the lack of a post last week, but I (probably like many of you) was completely thrown by the passing of Anthony Bourdain. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet him, I felt like I personally knew him through his shows on Travel Channel and CNN, as well as what he’s written. The man really knew how to connect to people through food and spoke about his experiences so eloquently, albeit a bit vulgar at times… but that’s what made him so special.