Food in the Hood is a biweekly neighborhood dinner to raise funds for global charities.

617 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California
Click on the links below to view a slideshow from the fundraiser for:
El Andalon
Caravan for Cuba

Customers take whatever they want and donate whatever they want. All proceeds go to a different global charity each week. Ingredients are fair-trade and as local as possible, from the Farmer's Markets or backyards. Students from Santa Cruz High School sometimes help out, play ukuleles, or play with the baby chicks.
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We welcome donations of:

  • » Backyard produce
  • » Baked goods
  • » Homemade food
  • » Preserves
  • » Canning jars
  • » Plants & seeds
  • » Plant containers & flats
  • » Scraps for chickens / rabbits

FitH partners WitH:

Wide World Partners

high school students raising awareness and funds for global causes.


enabling the great reskilling through affordable small classes.

The Parent Network

how to raise giving kids in a taking world.


artisans and entrepreneurs making the practical beautiful and the beautiful practical

Transition Santa Cruz

a catalyst for relocalization

Slow Money Santa Cruz

an investor co-op for a return to small-scale agriculture & industry.

Third Paradigm

A radio thinktank about community sovereignty and regenerative economics.
FRSC 101.1 FM
Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday May 28th, 2010

To those who take the FitH,

Hurrah! I mean... I'm terribly sorry that we ran out of food early for the first time ever last Friday. We also made $250 – a new record! This was helped greatly by John and Jenny Bost, who are back from New Zealand and Australia, and were on their way to visit their new little granddaughter. We think their name should be Boost for their effect on our donations. So that brings us to $6650 as we near the end of our first FitH year.

This week I'd like to follow Noam Chomsky's advice and subscribe to the Monthly Review. It's not specifically a donation, but they've lured me with a free copy of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America. I've been meaning to read it, and would like to start a discussion group around it this summer, if anyone's interested. Noam promises that the MR delivers "reliable, searching, stimulating thought and debate, without the debilitating factionalism that has been such a painful internal barrier to progress." Can I just say, "Amen to that, bro."

A subscription is $39 if anyone would like to get their own magazine and books. For an associate membership of $85, you get two books and 50% off all of their publications for the year. I'll have the list at Food in the Hood if you'd like to get a book for your donation – a double win! We definitely want to get our money's worth for the neighborhood library. Speaking of which, I have a roomful of double-stacked bookshelves, and I don't charge overdue fees. As our public library is cutting hours, come check out Books in the Hood.

And check out the photos Mike added on your left: chickens, fruit trees, our strawberry shortcake hearts, and Cassandra with Beth Regardz' granddaughter Fatima with a baby chick in her cloud-hair.

Menu for Friday, May 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 This week I'm cooking entirely from the Orangette Blog recipe list.

For the last year I've been cooking from Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life, and have loved her writing and the recipes. Now that I'm finishing the book, it's time to go to the source – which means that you'll have the recipes and photos that might even match. What a concept! This week I compared both waffle recipes from the reader-submitted contest (raised and non-). Today I plan to make her flour tortillas with my own pure leaf-lard. I'll let you know how they are.

If you'd like to order any quantities ahead, let me know and I'll make up enough. I'm always happy to make more when I know they have a good home.

See you there!

Friday May 21st, 2010

To the Cats in the Hoods and the Hats,

Along with my delight in having raised $6400 so far (including $200 for S!Paz) is my delight that the food always works out. Last week I was a little nervous. By 5:00, only Kirsten had shown up to gift us some arugula and mustard from her garden (featured in this week's salad.) Then, at 5:30, everyone came. Sumita's daughters went to visit the chickens. Chris brought Veronica flowers for feeding her cat. Juliana's mother, who's getting remarried this weekend, picked her and some food up too. Harriet and Cassandra had a long debate about whether or not Persephone went along with Hades willingly. It was a grand time.

I then went off to the Understanding Deep Politics conference, where I heard Michael Parenti, Ellen Brown, Annie Machon, David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, and others. I spent an intense weekend learning about economics and false flag operations, and then was invited to a retreat with some of the organizers and speakers. This time, Persephone definitely went willingly, and helped write up a manifesto to demand the return of Constitutional rights from Hades. We'll see.

This week, we're again sponsoring Rights Action. Grahame Russell has written a diary of his years in Latin America, which he calls "Code Z59.5: There Is Only One People Here." It begins by defining radical as meaning literally, "going to the root," and with this quote:

"International solidarity is not an act of charity. It is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible."
— Samora Machel, 1933–1986. First President of Mozambique
I have two extra copies of it, if anyone would like them. So far, I've found it excellent.

Here is this week's menu. Since I've picked the photos from the internet, but the recipes are from my cookbooks, FitH results may differ. But I include the recipe source for the photo below it, in case you want to make it.

RSVP if you'd like anything saved for you!

Friday May 14th, 2010

Dear FitHs and starts,

Thanks for your understanding about the prom last week – a fun and safe time was had by all. This weekend and next, SC High is putting on The Wedding Singer, which has usurped our student helpers the last couple of months. Go see what they've been up to!

At our last FitH, we raised $200 for Witness for Peace, bringing the total to $6200 raised so far.

Thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law Joan, who took these great photos of our soup jars and our strawberry heartcakes!

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We have some catching up to do on our check mailing, in case you've written a check that hasn't been cashed yet. This week we're raising funds for S!Paz, which Caitlin and Christine have kicked off with a $54 donation for my birthday. However, I cheated them - I did the calculations and I'm only 53. A spring chicken! My friend Meg says that if you're going to lie about your age, always lie up, so people say, "Why you look fabulous for..."

Our friend Phil McManus has been instrumental in both Witness for Peace and S!Paz. This is what they write:

Since 1995, this permanent program, supported by an international coalition of civil organizations and religious groups, has sought to promote the action of agents at local, national, and international levels that can contribute to the process of a non-violent transformation of extant socio-political conflicts associated with structural problems related to the ongoing armed conflict in Chiapas. SIPAZ plays a role in preventing socio-political violence in Chiapas as well as Oaxaca and Guerrero, operating from a non-violent philosophy that stresses the construction of a positive peace in these states.

We would like to use our funds this week to support S!Paz, but to also give our moral support to the Zapatistas. In our opinion, both are needed to create a just world - those in the developed world who refuse to take up arms and defenders of the oppressed who have the courage to do so.

All people have the right to protect themselves, their communities, and their resources, through whatever means are available to them. We, who have the luxury of peaceful means - free speech, economic power, and politics - are obligated to use them. That's the end of diatribe, now on to the food:

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Menu for Friday, May 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

  • New Garlic and Semolina Chicken Broth with Fresh Spinach and Parmesan Cheese
    Combining three of the healthiest foods around: garlic, homemade chicken broth, and spinach, this would make Popeye happy.
  • Creamy Bisque of Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper, Zucchini and Massa Whole Grain Rice
    This week, Tom and I ate at the incomparable Dametra's in Carmel, where the owner, Faisal, told us the ingredients to this delicious soup and the Greek salad dressing below. I'm going to do my best to recreate it, using the whole grain rice that's just appeared at our farmer's market.
  • Honey Wheat Berry Bread
    Slightly sweet with nubbly little bits of pure wheatiness, this is a good one.
  • Greek Salad with Feta Cheese
    The first lettuce from my garden, combined with Rebecca's Garden Variety Feta, oregano, lemon, cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • Apricot Caramel Pecan Shortbread
    We just can't go too long without more of this.

Hope to see you there!

Friday April 30th, 2010

Hello, FitHoodies, Our nifty design of the UniverseCity can be seen here.

Thanks to everyone who helped us raise $200 for Green America last week, bringing our total to $6000! This gives us the ability to give free Green America memberships to nine people. If you'd like one, please email us your address, whether or not you came last week. They'll send you the national green pages, which lists fair-trade products from around the country. They also send out a quarterly newsletter, which has been a great source of info for me on how toys, carpets, or chocolate are made, or eco-tips on dry-cleaning and laundry. While they don't gloss over the ugly truths, what I like about them is that they always have a positive action to take. It's inspiring to know so many people are actively pursuing fair alternatives.

FitH's birthday and Veronica's are the same on June 16th, so we have five more FitH's before the summer NOT including next week. We won't have a FitH then because we'll be hosting prom-prep festivities in our back garage. Look out for some traffic-stopping dresses! If anyone's especially good at photography, we'd love to have some help around 4:00, when it should be glam-city around here.

To celebrate my 54th birthday this week, I want to support those who voluntarily go into the heart of darkness - Witness for Peace. They write, "From the provocative placement of seven new US military bases in Colombia to an irresponsible response to the military coup in Honduras, the Obama administration so far has given us more of the same disastrous policies. We see a retrenchment in failed trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA, and an expansion of ineffective drug wars with the Merida Initiative in Mexico. The devastating earthquake in Haiti underscored the truly disastrous effects of economic violence and poverty."

While the People's Summit on Climate Change in Bolivia shows a resilient shift towards independence and progress, WFP keeps the focus on the dark side of US partnerships - important and necessary work, although not as easy to swallow as our food. And speaking of which, here's...

The Menu for Friday, April 30th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Soup of Beans and Bowties
    This is a vegetarian pasta e fagioli that's ready to party, using yellow peruano beans from Betty at the Farmer's Market.
  • Spicy Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Teriyaki Chicken
    A very flavorful soup with indian spices and deep roasted chicken broth, garnished with Rebecca's yogurt and cilantro.
  • Maple Oatmeal Sunflower Bread
    Great for toast and jam, morning, afternoon, or late at night! We won't judge you.
  • Spinach and Tomato Lasagna
    Uses Rebecca's ricotta cheese mixed with spinach and garlic, then alternates layers of cheesy bechamel and tomato sauces.
  • Cheesecake with Strawberry Jam Topping
    Now that it's strawberry season again, it's time to thaw and use last autumn's jams. With California's long seasons, who can keep up?

RSVP if you'd like anything saved. Please remember that the soups aren't canned, although they come in canning jars. We might work our way up to that, but until then, please refrigerate and eat promptly.

Friday April 23rd, 2010

Hey to the 'Hood,

We had a fabulous time last Sunday. Veronica and I represented Food in the Hood at the Design Renaissance. Everyone we talked to loved the idea, and they didn't mind the Yogurt Sambuca Cake and Blood Orange Torte either. Beth Regardz helped us represent the UniverseCity – a way to bring education out of the classroom and into homes, farms, and coffeehouses. Here's our first draft, so you can see what we're working on (view larger version):

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Then at 5:00, Tom and I went up to John and Betty Devalcourt's house for the potluck to bring a virtual library to a high school in Nigeria. I was worried because I'd only gotten a couple of responses, but I vastly underestimated John and Betty's network, especially their Cuba Caravan connections. Shannon, the Voices of Angels instigator, gave an informative presentation on how the virtual library works and how the high school they're bringing it to got started. It's an impressive project, and you read more by clicking the blue "Sunday April 18th" heading below.

Best of all, $700 and several used laptops were donated to this project. Although this is overwhelmingly due to Betty, John, and Shannon, we're going to take credit for it anyway, bringing our FitH total to $5800 so far!

What's up for this week? We're back to our regular Friday 4-6 schedule. In honor of Earth Day, we're going to be renewing our membership to Green America, formerly known as Co-op America. One of the many things I like about Green America is that they oppose unfair labor practices in the supply chain, and aren't afraid to name names. At the same time, I've found them to be one of the most positive forces around, whether it's helping you move your money back home or getting airlines to recycle.

For a $20 membership, you'll receive the National Green Pages – a directory of fair-trade businesses around the country. You'll also get the quarterly Green American and Real Green, a popular green-living newsletter. You can join by writing a check at tomorrow's event or donating online (and letting us know.) Or you can donate cash and we'll add it to our donation without signing you up.

And Here's the Menu:

Friday, April 23rd, 4-6 pm at 617 Walnut Avenue
  • Leek and Potato Soup Simplicity
    A vegetarian base with Yukon Gold potatoes and spring leeks with a touch of cream and butter. Comfort food even if you don't need comforting!
  • Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Mini–Meatballs
    Homemade chicken broth with root veggies bobs with meatballs made with chicken, ham, Parmesan, ricotta and walnut bread.
  • Pain Compleat
    This was so popular last month, Gardner's brought it back. The best of both worlds, wholesome and decadently light.
  • Grilled Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
    Using some of that good Pain Compleat, we're mixing in our backyard-fresh eggs, chargrilling some fat asparagus and sauteeing some shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
  • Carmelized Cauliflower
    Roasted and glazed, with a touch of piquant jalapeno.
  • Strawberry Shortcake
    Yes! Ronald the crazy Dutchman is back with the best strawberries at the market. That's something to celebrate.

RSVP if you want something saved.

Sunday April 18th, 2010

Dear FitH paradigmers,

Due to the threatening storm, our Grow Food Party last weekend was intimate but fun. For the first time, we were few enough to have a sit-down tablecloth lunch indoors. Outside, the rain held off long enough to build, fill, and plant four large veggie boxes. Remember, if you'd like to get a jump-start on your garden, we'll do the same for you. The Grow Food Party Crew descends like a locust horde, except they leave a flourishing garden in their wake. We're happy to move our Food in the Hood to your place, cook a delicious lunch, and put out the donation jar for our grassroots cause de jour.

I'll be representing the Grow Food Party Crew and Food in the Hood at the Design Renaissance this Sunday, April 18th from 9 to 4 at the Dream Inn. Speakers include Bonnie DeVarco and Ralph Abraham , organic architect Eric Corey Freed, Ryan Duke of the humanitarian design group Project H, and Helen and Newton Harrison on watersheds. Tickets are $40 if bought before tax day. Website:

This week we have a very special Food in the Hood potluck at 5:00 on Sunday, April 18th. It's being held at Betty and John Devalcourt's house at 634 Walnut. On June 18th, Betty will be traveling to Jos, Nigeria, with Shannon Frediani and her husband. They'll be delivering used laptops for a fascinating project. It's the first computer lab ever installed in a Nigerian high school with an eGranary hard drive. Shannon, who you might know as the voice behind Voices of Angels, will be there to tell us about it. In the meantime, you can watch her inspiring 4 min. video about the project:

VoicesofAngels – Nigeria Project

What Shannon and Betty need are donations of used laptops – which only need to turn on with the power cords! The software will be stripped and reinstalled, so don't worry about whether they work. If anyone has a corporate connection for Laptops of Last Resort, that would be great!

They can also use cash or checks made out to Shannon's nonprofit, Voices of Angels. These funds would be used to buy more eGranary units and networking equipment, or for additional shipping costs. Everyone is traveling at their own expense. This is one of the most efficient uses of money and out-of-date computers I've ever seen.

The eGranary idea is a brilliant idea. This 1 min. video tells how it works:

Here are a couple more very short videos that show how this idea is applied in developing countries and in their universities.

This segment explains a major IT barrier facing institutions in the developing world and how the eGranary Digita...

An explanation of the process Widernet uses to gather content for the eGranary Digital Library.

An explanation of the method Widernet uses to update eGranaries in the field.

Although this is a potluck, here are some of the dishes that Betty and I are bringing, to whet your appetite:

Multicultural Menu:
  • Asian Cucumber Salad with Daikon Radish, Carrots, and Jalapeno Pepper
  • Grilled Polenta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
    Garnished with Char-Grilled Peppers with Anchovies, Garlic, and Capers
  • Inzimino di Ceci
    Chickpeas with Red Chard, Carrots, Kale, Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Oil
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage, Onion and Parmesan Cheese
  • Bally's Casino Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
    Betty and John made enough of this for 120 guests for their son's New Orleans wedding last week. And they were still willing to make more for us!

Please RSVP because it helps us not panic when we know someone's coming!

All contributions are tax deductible. The last potluck was a delightful time, with meaningful conversations and a nice neighborly feel. We hope you can come to this one.

Saturday April 10th, 2010

Fooders and Foolers,

Aren't you glad you checked out our cool new Food in the Hood web page? Every visionary needs a behind-the-scenes webophile friend like Mike Scirocco. While you're here, check out the links to our Third Paradigm radio show and see how beautiful politics and economics can be. Visit vox diligo, our beetle mascot, on the other writings link where there's a list of my poems, articles, and essays. And my favorite – the contact page with the map showing all the places around the world that have visited Third Paradigm. Without Mike, I'd still be a provincial gal talking to a half-dozen people on Free Radio and handing out my poems on the street corner.

As mentioned in the email, there's no Food in the Hood this Friday. But on Saturday the 10th from 10-5, I'm cooking lunch for the Grow Food Party Crew at 508 Olive Street and you're all invited!

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If you missed the Grow Food Party we had at our house last spring, there's a fun short video of it here.

The concept is that a horde of helpful people converges on a house and plants an edible garden in one day. Music and dancing encouraged – bring instruments and garden tools, but don't get them mixed up!

I'm willing to do the cooking for anyone in the 'hood who wants to have the next Grow Food Party. I'll put out the donation jar and we'll do a FitH-mobile. Come dig a little, plant a little on Sunday, and make sure you're there at 1:00 for lunch. Bruce Sawhill, whose party it is, has billed me as a vegetarian Italian chef, so I've been scouring my cookbooks to live up to it. It seems only fitting to continue to raise funds for Grassroots International, who supports Via Campesina, the largest coalition of peasant farmers in the world.

In case of rain (a 50% chance) we'll eat indoors: the food must go on!

On to the menu is...

  • Grilled Botticelli Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan
    None of those skinny little spears for us!
  • Inzimino di Ceci
    Isn't that more fun to say than chickpeas with chard?
  • Grilled Polenta with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Arugula
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage and Onion
  • Broccoli and Mozzarella Rigatoni
  • Salad with Radicchio, Fennel and Shaved Parmesan
  • Yogurt and Sambuca Cake
  • Sicilian Blood Orange Torta
Friday April 2nd, 2010

Fooders and Foolers,

Yes! With our $150 raised for Grassroots International we've reached $5,000. Grassroots just sent out their newsletter, forwarded here. It reminds me why I like them so much - we'll be doing more FitHs for them and that's no April pHooLs.

I just heard from Elise at KONPAY, one of the Haitian charities we supported. A woman in SF did a tent drive, and received more tents from Palo Alto. Altogether, she ended up with 101 new or nearly new tents when the charity told her she'd need to pay for transport. As a single mom, she couldn't do this, and so contacted KONPAY to see if they could help. They have a warehouse in Hialeah FL waiting for cargo to ship. The only problem is how to get them from here to there.

If anyone has any ideas, or knows anyone going from the Bay Area to Florida soon, let us know. Elise's address is at the top of this message. We'll dedicate this FitH towards KONPAY to help fund this wonderful gesture. Thank you also to Lisa Segnitz and Mike Scirocco, who donated tents through Minor-San. Our own tent has gone towards keeping the chicks dry in their new outdoor condo, since we just couldn't bring them back inside!

We're getting low on soup jars, and the stores haven't restocked for canning season, if you have any extras hanging around the house...

Next week, we'll take a spring break. But on Sunday the 11th, I'll be preparing a lunchtime feast for a Grow Food Party on Olive Street. You're all invited to help transform Graydon Livingston's Farm and Garden into Bruce Sawhill's Garden Farm! More details will be sent next week.

On to the menu for this week:

  • Wild Mushroom and Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Roasted Garlic and Herb Topping
    Considered an auspicious start to a new year, maybe these black-eyed peas and shiitakes in mushroom broth can help re-start Haiti. With generous dollops of Madeira wine and Calvados brandy, it's an auspicious start to lunch or dinner.
  • Sesame Cracked Wheat Bread
    A classic in the Gardner repetoire.
  • Whole Poached ChilePepper Rockfish with Spicy Mayonaise and Green Tartar Sauce
    I'm meeting Hans at the harbor to pick up these pouting fish with the spicy name. To live up to it, we're adding a curry-caper-horseradish mayo and a cornichon-caper herb tartar sauce.
    Whole Poached ChilePepper Rockfish with Spicy Mayonaise and Green Tartar Sauce
  • Asian Cucumber Salad
    Daikon radish, carrots, red onion, mint, garlic, lime, rice vinegar, and, oh yeah, cucumbers.
  • Partly-Pickled Beets
    In three colors, these partly-pickled beets are dressed for a party, or have come from one.
  • Tiramisu
    This is made for Ezra, the Turkish exchange student from Germany who is Veronica's friend. Her host family can't eat eggs and she's having tiramisu withdrawal. Always happy to help out!

RSVP if you want anything saved for you.

Friday March 26th, 2010

Foodies in the 'Hood,

We're up to $4850 with our $250 donation to IF from the past two weeks. IF has a wonderful new executive director, Anita Seth. They're sponsoring a showing tonight at Cabrillo of Crude: The True Price of Oil. About Chevron's abuses in Ecuador, there's more information below. Also tonight, at the Rio Theatre, Transition SC and others are sponsoring a showing of The Garden, about the 14-acre community garden in South Central LA. Both have panel discussions after. What's an activist to do?

This week, we'll be raising money for one of my favorite groups, Grassroots International. They exemplify my criterion of charities that pass along the vast majority of donations to grassroots organizations run by locals. They have a wealth of clear-sighted analysis on issues of food and economics, including an article I just read in Dollars and Sense on Haiti. It's also one of the most beautiful websites I've seen – maybe we should steal the colors for our Food in the 'Hood page!

On to the menu for this week:

  • Chunky Tomato-Fennel Soup – vegetarian or smoky ham broth
    Onions, garlic, fennel, San Marzano tomatoes and thyme, simmered together. Yum! Recommended servings include goat cheese or Parmesan on top, or garlic bread dipped in. I'm using some to poach butterfish in tonight. You can tell which is vegetarian by the Food in the 'Hood stickers on top. Thanks, Joan! Technology is magic, when it works.
  • Millet-Quinoa-Sunflower Crunch Bread
    This textural masterpiece makes the very best toast.
  • Oyster Mushrooms and Shiitakes with Cumin over Mixed Greens Salad
    From the Local Flavors cookbook, these velvety mushrooms are tender and browned, tossed with cilantro and served over salad with a garlic-mustard vinagrette.
  • Roasted Asparagus, Baby Carrots, Bok Choy and Flowering Kale Tips in Citrus Butter
    Celebrating new arrivals at the Farmer's Market. Small quantities, but a perfect filip on the salad.
  • Sweet Potato Flan with Blackberry Honey and Sesame Tuiles
    No guarentees on how the Tuiles will look, but they're bound to be edible.
  • Mega-Omega Granola Cookies
    Can't resist adding to Gardner's good granola.

Let me know if you want anything saved for you!

Friday March 19th, 2010

Dear Fellow Food Fools,

We're up to $4700 with our $100 donation to IF. We're going to continue raising money for IF this week so we can deliver it at their St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner this Saturday, and have someone cook for us for a change!

I don't want to jinx it, but this may be the first of seven Fridays that we can be back outside. Come visit the chicks! They're getting in their flight feathers and trying them out in the big rabbit pen in our backyard. They also play a mean game of football with any leaf or rubber band they happen to find. At first I thought they were trying to get away and eat it, then I realized that they chirp while they're running and dodging, with something that translates as "too slow, gotta go, can't catch me!" I've become a chick-watcher instead of TV.

On to the menu for this week:

  • Spicy Split-Pea and Herbed Greens Soup
    I tasted this and couldn't stop eating it...yum! Just spicy enough with a touch of lemon and a chunky toothsome texture.
  • St. Pat's Potato, Ham, and Cabbage
    The broth was made from simmering a home-smoked ham that was cured in dark beer, molasses, brown sugar, malt vinegar, herbs, and lots of salt. Not for the high of blood pressure, but delicious.
  • Date and Orange Salad with Feta Cheese and Pistachios
    Jewels of Medjool and Rebecca's Garden Variety Feta
  • Sprouted Wheat & Lentil Bread
    Gardner writes, "We'll make things interesting by sprouting wheat and lentils and blending them into a delicious and very nutritious loaf. The sprouted breads are some of the most rewarding to pull out of the oven, since between sprouting the grains and the long rise, the loaves take about four days to make from start to finish. Well worth the wait and effort."
  • Charred Brussels Leaves with Mustard-Caper Butter
    We're going to try to replicate my favorite dish from Randall's excellent chef at the Cellar Door. Just in case we don't get it right, we're adding a mustard and garlic butter with Betty's capers from the farmer's market. Guaranteed to cover all imperfections.
  • Collards & Kale with Potatoes & Bacon
    Deborah Madison, author of the Local Flavors cookbook for these recipes, writes, "Bacon made from wholesomely-raised pigs has appeared at our markets, and it is superb!" I have to agree, if I do say so about our own pigs from Christopher.
  • Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots
    I've gotten the message that many of you are wanting to eat healthier, so I'm doing one dessert this week, but making it a good one. The apricots are canned by Happy Girl and the bees and pistachios are local.

Let me know if you want anything saved for you!

Friday March 12th, 2010

Dear 'Hoodies and Foodies,

With our donation of $150 to Save the Waves, our total is up to $4600. I received a message from Kyle Thiermann about his work with STW in Chile, which is at the end of this email. I also met a young woman from Chile and her two daughters, who live behind Kim and Daniella. They have family members still there, and they know Save the Waves and their work in Chile. I would still like to do a Sunday potluck for them if anyone has the space. Our Chilean neighbor would come and speak, and I suspect we could get someone from Save the Waves.

This week we're raising funds for IF, the nonprofit out by Lake Freedom that matched our donations to the indigenous youth group in Peru. IF distributes truckloads of rice and beans in Chiapas, funds communal women's kitchens in Peru, supports eco-projects like solar water heaters, and buys land for Habitat homes in Guatemala, along with other programs. They may be the most frugal group I know – although the Muhly's give them a run for the (non)money. Their annual St. Patrick's dinner is on March 20th – the invitation is attached. If anyone would like to go with us, we have room on the Coraggio bus.

My radio show this week also focused on indigenous communities, especially the Hondurans' struggle for self-determination after the coup. It intertwines the music and poetry of Joy Harjo, Cherokee visionary. The summary is the last attachment.

In this week's menu, we have a vegetarian soup and salad, but a non-vegetarian cookie! I'm grateful for the forbearance of our vegetarian friends and neighbors, who understand that not wasting anything is important to my food ethic. Some desserts call for Crisco, the "vegetarian lard," but when soap-and-candlemakers turn to making food, you know you're in trouble.

What's cooking at 617 Walnut Avenue:

  • Sherried Crimini Mushroon Soup with Wild Rice Blend and Dried Chanterelles
  • Ham and Cannelini Bean Soup with Swiss Chard and Green Cabbage
  • Mulligatawny – Curried Chicken Rice Soup
  • Pork and Chicken Chile
  • One or two frozen pints of each still available for these soups:
    • Cuban Black Bean Soup
    • 4 vegan pints, about which Crescent Dragonwagon writes, "It's difficult to believe such ordinary ingredients could turn out so ambrosially. Enough olive oil to float an armada is one of its secrets," but I've left that up to your own discretion. Cheese, sour cream, and chopped egg or onion are also good.
  • Buttermilk-Dressed Winter Salad with Coraggio's Can't Be Beets
  • Wolf-dried beets
    They're salty and crisp on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside.
  • Pain Compleat
    This is one of Gardner's masterpieces – as close to white bread as he gets – don't miss it!
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Bittersweet Glaze
    We can't resist a repeat of this classic.
  • Spanish-Style Lard Cookies with Crushed Cashew Brittle
    Made with ground almonds, cinnamon, blood-orange zest, Calvados, confectioner's sugar, and pure delicate leaf-lard.
  • Green Shamrock Cookies
    They may taste like the Pink Heart Cookies, but they'll leave you with a leprechaun tongue. Pure butter, and that's no blarney.

See you inside if it's raining, outside if it's not!

Kyle Thiermann on Save the Waves:

Dear Friends,
A few months ago I sent you a 4min video I made called Claim Your Change, encouraging people to put their money into local banks, support their community and stop funding coal power all at the same time. I illustrated the message by taking a surf trip to Constitucion, Chile. Since then tens of thousands of people from all over the world have seen the video, my project received national news coverage, and as a result over $110 million of lending power was moved out of multi-national banks and into local banks!

A lot of people asked me to translate the video into Spanish, which I did and which you can now see and forward to additional networks through the link here. Thanks for sending my video around and for helping this project gain the momentum that has resulted. I'm working on an exciting new project now and I'll be sure to let you know about it when the time is right.

Meanwhile, as you know, there was a massive earthquake in Chile recently and the epicenter was in Constitucion (where I filmed the video). A lot of the town is destroyed as are surrounding towns. Save The Waves is a non-profit organization that I worked with on my project, and which is now doing on-the-ground work in Constitucion helping to get the people basics like food and safe drinking water. I encourage you to donate and support the cause through them because there is no bureaucratic leakage - 100% of your donation will be taken directly to the people. Here is a link to their site where you can see what they are doing and make a contribution on line.

Thanks for your support,

IF's March 20th Fundraising Dinner:

IF's annual St. Patrick's Dinner
Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Dinner will be held at 160 Sunflower Lane, Watsonville, CA 95087

Proceeds to support hopeful alternatives for people in need.

We have a great menu for this dinner. Join us for a magical evening of food and friendship!


Appetizers of Canapes and Pasties
Entree: choice of Mustard Glazed Roast Leg of Lamb or Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Side dishes: Colcannon (mashed potatoes, cabbage and kale,) basil baked carrots, wild greens salad
Dessert: Sherry Wine Cake

Call for reservations today. Sliding Scale from $35 - $50 per person. Invite your friends to join you for dinner.

Call 831-724-4108 or email if.integrities@gmail for reservations.

Be sure to check our website for upcoming events:

This will be a great time to meet IF's new Executive Director, Anita Seth.

We hope to see you there. Remember space is limited, so make reservations soon.


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