Conversatin’ Locally

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  1. Star says:

    You are better people than I who would be sorely tempted to swear it was all locally grown when in truth it was all locally purchased at the nearest supermarket. Oh, and I’ll pass on the bread.

  2. Franki says:

    Nice points except for the intimate scraping for locally grown yeast. That one was completely unnecessary.

    Me I’m shooting for a full Thanksgiving meal from China, side of lead and date-rape drug gravy.

  3. lime says:

    LMAO @ the source of yeast!

    oh and let me save ya the sweat and toil of hauling a bear carcass. bear meat is NASTY! trust me here. i’ve tatsed localy grown bear. i’m doubting MN bear is much tastier than PA bear.

  4. Jazz says:

    Um… those hemp shirts? Are the hemp fields less than 50 miles from your house? If not, you’ll have to grow your own.

  5. furiousBall says:

    hey there’s those poley-things you recommended to me for some walks in the woods.

    i do prefer local veggies from here in jersey. we grow our vegetables between the medians of the turnpike.

  6. Jeannie says:

    I’ll bet our local vaggies produce better yeast than yours.

    excuse me while I puke.

    I like to support local producers when I can but I really don’t have time to go out of my way. And what if our local producers are the evil suppliers of other locations? (Our local potatoes and apples go far).
    We have a local flour mill too. I have no clue where they get their wheat – probably out west BUT I have yet to see their flour in any local store. Strange huh? Although I have seen their bags used in local commercial bakeries.

  7. susan says:

    If the grocery store is within 5 minutes of your house, doesn’t that count as local? Or I guess I could go around and pick up the windfallen apples that seem to be all over the place…

  8. Glamourpuss says:

    Yeah, I’m with you. I used to live with a bunch of anarchists who stopped talking to me when I got a job in a shop that sold things. being part of the capitalist machine made me a class traitor, despite my council estate upbringing and state education. Idiots. The put me off pulses for life.


  9. Maddy says:

    It’s tough to do local, organic and healthy when you break it down to all the finer ingredients. I think I’d have taken the opportunity to gather some acorns and bring a different kind of surprise entirely. I’m sure the tea that you can brew would have all kind of health benefits for the groinily challenged.

  10. Tai says:

    I’ve been a bit environmentelly challenged as of late…what with the tree trying to eat my car BUT I can see wherein lies the ethical disinclination when it’s being forced upon you.
    I make my choices, try to do the best I can when I can.
    As for the rotting bears? Yeah, Kimber has a few in her hometown. The fenced in the dump and then shot about 25 last year when they took to raiding the locals’ collections of egg shells and carrot peels.
    Now THAT’S environmentally sound planning. (geesh!)

  11. Her Grace says:

    You lost me at local yeast. Completely lost me, as in I fell off my chair, clutched my heaving, laughing belly, and rolled away.

  12. Theresa says:

    Ooh, groiny’s injured, now that is serious. Looks like you’ll have to nurse Groom back to health, but that means taking it easy, in every aspect. That local grown thing is kind of like a wave of “natural” things over here. On every comercial you get, “It’s natural, so it must be good.” Whoa, wait a minute! Lice are natural too, but they are not good. Botulism is natural too, but I don’t think anybody would say that’s good. Hmmm, choice between local bear meat, and not-so-local turkey farm meat…I know which one I’d pick. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Wayfarer Scientista says:

    up here when they couldn’t get yeast (of any kind really) they created sourdough starter and because of the smell and the fact that the same time of year they couldn’t get yeast apparently water was hard to come by (i.e. frozen) they started calling the old timers sourdough’s too because of that lovely smell and the doughy features of not enough sun ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jill says:

    While I do admire and appreciate what the godmamas are trying to accomplish, I usually resist anything that creates more stress for me over the holidays. I’m pretty sure that if I were given the same directive, I would take whatever dish I wanted and just lie about the origins of the ingredients. But I don’t feel good about it.

  15. Jamie says:

    If that truly is the only way to get local yeast, consider my toast this morning the last bread I ever, ever consume.

  16. jen says:

    good lord, woman. you slay me. that drugstore line was hilarious.

  17. Stepping Over the Junk says:

    it is interesting how different regions have their own sense of humor, different from others.

  18. Claire says:

    “After a bit of intimate scraping…” OMG, that is just gross and disgusting. But I still laughed cuz I suspect ur makin’ fun of someone or something.
    I just picked some tomatoes from my garden yesterday -in November! WooHoo!

  19. My Reflecting Pool says:

    well, wasn’t that an interesting way to get your yeast. And salt. ick.

  20. SQT says:

    Oh gawd, I have friends just like that. They won’t use the microwave for Pete’s sake.

    I would totally use whatever ingredients I wanted without lying about it. So I wouldn’t get an invite next year, but given the constraints, that’s a good thing.

    But I’ll be surprised if you get an invite back after they hear about the yeast harvest. *shudder*

  21. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    Hah! As a picky vegetarian with food-allergies, I can say, “Great post!” I think it’s all very responsible to seek out local produce and be thoughtful and live lightly on the Earth, yada yada yada, but it should be something you just do. Just like you prefer butter to margerine, or white shoes to black shoes — you don’t make these choices because a bumper sticker told you to. You make them because you prefer them, and it makes you happy. I really try not to foist my restrictive, obsessive and insane diet on other people because that just isn’t fair.

    *tripping off soapbox*

    By the way, thanks for the art title suggestion. I shall, indeed, be going with miniBar. Cheers!

  22. Em says:

    A very funny post. I felt like I was right there on the walk with you guys! But there are 2 or 3 specific comments I feel compelled to make.

    1) The phrase “pole hike”, at least to my disturbed brain, has a decidedly sexual implication.

    2) I’m all for the locally grown stuff…so I applaud your friends efforts and your attempts to support her dinner rules.

    3) Any bread I eat at Thanksgiving will, no doubt, bring the phrase “intimate scraping” to mind.

  23. Shari says:

    What, no asparagus? ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Mother of Invention says:

    I’ll never look at yeast (or vagisil!) the same again!!

    It is a cool idea doing a friends’ diner. I plan to do that some day when my parents are no longer around.

    I do a lot of “Nordic Walking” or “Urban Poling” around my town where very few people have ever heard of it. I get weird looks and comments like, “Are you waiting for the snow dear?”!!

  25. Diesel says:

    What a joke. Did you drive to the local market in your locally made car burning locally made gasoline? Friggin’ granola people. Changing the world one ill-conceived notion at a time.

    But hey, have a good time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. cathy says:

    I’d be out searching for road kill.

  27. Top cat says:

    I got a chuckle out of the yeast thing too.
    Jocelyn I can imagine if a bear crossed your path it would wish it’d never ventured out of the woods. Your can-do attitude and firey spirit will win every time.

  28. Dorky Dad says:

    These dang parties are EXACTLY why I beat up my neighbors and turned their back yard into my own personal hobby farm, complete with wheat. Now when I bring my homemade Mac n’ Cheese, I just say, “I grew it MYSELF, dammit!” Then they shut up.

  29. Princess Pointful says:

    There you are, rubbing it all in about your environmental superiority and your ability to compost. I am seething with jealousy.

    And I literally laughed out loud about your salt and yeast baking endeavours. Remind me not to come over for dinner.

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