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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  • » 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.
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Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, September 17th, 2010 — Door Step Schools, India

You don't leave us FitHing for compliments...

and you don't let a good farmer down. Last week we raised $350 to help Ken Kimes with his medical bills. Except for Haiti and Pakistan, that's the highest total ever in one week. I'm sure that Ken would be fine with coming in behind Haiti and Pakistan. I plan to keep the money until his October 1st fundraiser from 6 – 10 at the Pacific Cultural Center. Fattah and Mohamed of Aza will be playing traditional Berber music. Just to warn you, your money may be bid in the silent auction, to which Avanti and Bittersweet Café have contributed. Ken has friends in delicious places.

For the first time this week, I didn't have a cause that was clamoring for my attention. And so, I had the fun of going out to look for one. I was cooking Indian food, thanks to a recipe that was given to me by Anna Camaron of Ladysmith Jams, along with lots of cauliflower. So I went to one of my favorite websites, This is an all-volunteer network that posts daily stories, videos, and conversations about everyday acts of kindness. In Berkeley they operate the Karma Kitchen, distribute Smile cards, and deliver free technical help to NGO's. This is one of their KarmaTube videos:

Amitabha Sadangi, an uncommon hero tackling poverty in India

The nonprofit we've chosen is from their South Asia portal, ProPoor. It's called Door Step School and it's a group of educators who go wherever the children of Mumbai are – in vacant buses, on pavements, in construction sites, or parking lots.

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Unlike the irrigation project, Door Step has a US partner through whom tax-deductible donations can be sent. You can learn more at their own website. Checks can be made out to the Maharashtra Foundation.

Aand the food... for Friday September 17th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • It's Soup Season these days, at least until lunchtime
    Thanks to Anna's lessons in canning, we have a variety of canned soups to go, some vegetarian, some not. We also have a delicious vanilla-bean applesauce, perfect for recreating last week's offering with the crunchy meringue cap. Quantities are limited, so come check it out!
    tomatosoupjars (23K)
  • Anna's Membrillo and Manchego Cheese with Gardner's Oatmeal Molasses Bread
    Membrillo is a fancy name for quince jam. We've gotten so sophisticated at FitH with our wine and dine among my weeds! But for the loaves you take home, it's P-B & J time with this tried-and-true favorite.
    membrillo (15K)
  • Chicken with Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, and Ginger
    This and the following rice dish are from Raji Cuisine: Indian Flavors, French Passion. I think this translates to lots of spices and fussy presentations – one out of two ain't bad!
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  • Spiced Basmati Rice with Golden Raisins, Apricots, and Pine Nuts
    Christopher has given me a bag of pine cones (to add to the bag of green apples, bag of red apples, box of broccoli, and box of cauliflower from you FitH fHans.) He also instructed me on how to roast them, extract the seeds, and peel them. But chances are, we'll be using our store-bought ones, which are seeming cheaper all the time.
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  • Grandmother's Cauliflower with Cheese (Cheese Vali Gobi)
    Thanks again to Anna, this is from Climbing the Mango Tree: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey.
    cheesevaligobi (21K)
  • Cardamom Crème Brulee
    Ah, to have six hens a-layin' (or seven, if you count the one jealously guarding her nest and GROWLING at anyone who comes near. It makes me sad that we don't have roosters anymore.) If anyone can help me rig up a light on a timer, to fool them when the days are short, we can continue to have crème brulee all winter.
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  • Almond-Flavored Meringues with Anisette-Espresso Chocolate Sauce
    The perfect complement to use up all those egg whites.
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Let me know if you're coming to see my new breadbasket and chafing dish. I feel so professional!

Friday, September 10th, 2010 — Ken Kimes, Santa Cruz

Dear FitHies and flounders,

Last week was great fun, thanks to Debora and Carsten of Fairy-Tale Farm. Gardner's bread was a great hit, with some brie and jalapeno-and-sweet-onion jelly. An artisan baker stopped by and particularly admired the bottom crust. If you've wondered how Gardner gets that molasses base, it's the pizza oven in Felton where he fires them. The sangria was also popular, especially among my fellow vendors. FitH made lots of new friends, who showered us with the bounty we'll be sharing with you. Anna Cameron of Ladysmith Jams gave us quince paste that we'll be showcasing next week. Batya Kagan gave us plum tomatoes that we slow-roasted for the smoked trout and Gruyere quiche. We also oven-roasted her beets to put in this week's salad, along with cityblooms' organic, hydroponic broccoli microgreens.

In addition, we brought our total amount raised for Palestine Flood Relief to $700 — greatly helped by a Westside neighbor inspired to give $500 to the International Relief Fund. You guys are GREAT!

This week I'd like to break with tradition and help someone local. Ken Kimes, who sells exotic mushrooms and sprouts at the Farmer's Market, was in a terrible accident on his farm. He lost his right hand and forearm, and seriously damaged his left. For me, Ken has been an inspiration. He saved my sanity back when I thought no one saw the things that seemed perfectly obvious to me. Every week I went to his political forum, aka mushroom stand, to try out my new theories on him. I came back with references scribbled on my paper bags, and the knowledge that there was a movement out there. The market became my church, largely because of Ken.

On October 1st, at the Pacific Cultural Center, there's going to be a fundraiser and silent auction to help with Ken's medical expenses. I'd like to raise funds to contribute. If you'd like to go with me, or you know someone who might donate to the auction, let me know and I'll send more details. Throughout this, Ken and his wife Sandra have been remarkably positive, and even have said that good has come of it. I'm sincere when I say that it couldn't have happened to a better person.

Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward

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Both Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward grew up in Southern California. They met in the Los Angeles area, but moved to Santa Cruz in 1980. Together they founded New Natives Farm, a greenhouse-based farm certified by California Certified Organic Farmers in 1983, and located in Corralitos, California. There they tend organic sprouts, including alfalfa, wheat grass, pea shoots, sunflower sprouts, broccoli, and beans.

In addition to managing their farm full time, Kimes and Ward are both outspoken activists dedicated to the sustainable agriculture movement. They are longtime members of California Certified Organic Farmers. Kimes served on the board of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for many years, and worked for Santa Cruz Trucking, an organic foods distribution company affiliated with the local health food cooperative, Community Foods.

New Natives Farm:

And so, the food, for Friday September 10th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Prosuitto and Melon
    Prosuitto and Melon
  • Sweet Lettuces Salad with Caprese Confetti, Can't Be Beets, and Broccoli Microgreen
    Sweet Lettuce Salad
  • Spelt-Raisin Bread
    Uses an earthy sourdough loaded with freshly-ground organic spelt. I'm going to try to save some for French toast!
    Spelt-Raisin Bread
  • Crazy for Quiches!
    The hens are finally laying, and Veronica and I have been going quiche-crazy. We'll be whipping up several varieties — Oven-Roasted Tomato with Smoked Trout and Gruyere, Padron Chile and Smoked Cheddar, Hand-Pounded Pesto and Broccoli, and Cream Cheese, Capers and Lox. The recipe is from a Julia Child cookbook I was given as a graduation present from college, inscribed "To the sauce of Cumberland (my hometown), because one sauce does not a great chef make." I made every recipe in it, with the chocolate mousse one so spattered it's barely legible. If only blogging had been invented back then, I too could have published My Journeys with Julia.
  • Velvet Vanilla Applesauce with a Crunchy Meringue Cap
    Thanks to Alice for the Macintosh apples, and to John and Betty for the Pippins, I can bring you the best applesauce I've ever made, and possibly the best I've had. Come have it here with the meringue, and take a jar home to make your own!
    Velvet Vanilla Applesauce
  • Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake
    Ditto on the apples. This recipe, like the previous, is from the Orangette blog.
    applewalnutbundtcake (22K)

Please RSVP if coming!
See you there, Tereza

Friday August 27th, 2010 — Pakistani flood victims

One hunnerd and FitHie!

Thanks to all of you for helping us raise $150 for Iraq Veterans Against the War. This will go to help women caught between Iraq and a hard place (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

For weeks, I've wanted to help Pakistani flood victims. However, the relief organizations that sent me appeals didn't meet my criterion of supporting local, on-the-ground, grassroots NGO's. But when I heard Amy Goodman report on the disparity in aid, I knew I had to do something:

Global Donations for Pakistan Lag Compared to Recent Disasters

Although the UN has said the Pakistan disaster surpasses the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and this year's Haiti earthquake in scale, global donations are far behind. According to Foreign Policy magazine, an effort to raise money for Pakistan through mobile phone text messages has raised about $10,000, compared to the $31 million raised for Haiti in a similar effort. An average of just $16 has been donated for every Pakistan flood victim, compared to $1,249 for every 2004 tsunami victim and $1,087 for every Haitian earthquake victim.

Finally, an appeal came from Avaaz, a global humanitarian network. Avaaz has been extremely effective with internet petitions. Two very moving accounts are on their site now, one for Russia to end the rape trade and one to save an Iranian woman from being stoned. They operate at a low cost and have given up their tax-exempt status in order to affect policy, not just buy band-aids. So I was pleased to read their relief appeal, sent through the similar US network, MoveOn:

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A humanitarian catastrophe of terrifying proportions is unfolding in Pakistan, with a fifth of the country under water, and millions of people homeless and desperately needing assistance. Some relief efforts are underway, but the international response to the mega-disaster has been irresponsibly slow and weak — the UN has urgently appealed for $460 million of vital aid, but just 40% has been delivered. Relief workers warn that without an immediate increase in aid the death toll could sky-rocket.

With the expert advice of leading humanitarian NGOs on the ground, we'll offer donations to trusted local organizations, including: Hirrak Development Centre (HDC) and Participatory Welfare Services (PWS). With these partners on the ground our community will help provide much needed humanitarian aid. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to helping Pakistanis cope with this disaster and strengthen their local systems.

I must not have been the only waiting for an organization I trusted. According to their donation page, they reached their goal of $300,000 in one day. By Sunday, they'd already blown through their new goal of $750,000. By Wednesday, they'd almost reached the new target of $1 million. I'll make our donation online, in the interests of time. If you'd like to do the same, please forward the receipt so we can count it for FitH, and come get food on Friday to show our thanks.

Click below to make a contribution to the Pakistan disaster relief fund:

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And on to the food for Friday, August 27th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Sidecars or Agave Lemonade in a Sugar-Rimmed Glass
    Sidecars are like an "up" margarita, but made with Mexican brandy, lemon juice, soda water, and orange liquor. A different sidecar recipe is demonstrated by Rachel Maddow in this video. Thanks to Caryn and Diana for all the lemons. The peels are even now infusing our limoncello – due out for FitH in November. As a bonus, we have plenty of juice to make cocktails and lemonade, and jars of lemonade concentrate for you to take home.
  • Bruschetta with Pear Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella over Homemade Sourdough English Muffins
    We have no Gardner bread this week, but my friend Alice has given me some sourdough starter that's several years old. If you know sourdough, you know that these are bragging rights. If anyone would like some starter, let me know and I'll make it for next week. This week I'm topping it with tomatoes, mostly pear, from my backyard, mixed with a hand-pounded Genovese basil pesto that's the best I've ever made. Thanks to Debbie for loaning me The Pleasures of Slow Food by Corby Kummer, with the pesto recipe.
  • Balthazar Salad with Grilled Zucchini and Japanese Eggplant
    I just can't think about turning on the oven these days. Summer has arrived with a 113-degree vengeance, according to my car thermometer. But salad and grilling I can do, with green beans, my signature "can't be beets," and lemon-truffle vinaigrette. It will bear no resemblance to the picture, just so you know
  • Polenta with Bagna dl'Infern
    This is the first recipe in Debbie's Slow Food cookbook. This is an anchovy sauce with tomotoes, garlic, olive oil, and cayenne. Bagna dl'Infern means "the devil's own sauce," but this sauce, like my theology, makes the devil just spicy enough to be interesting.
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  • Kristine's Greengage Plum Jam with Vanilla Bean and Lemon
    Thanks to Kristine for the big bag of Reine Claude plums, which turned into the most delicious, candied, caramel-red jam. And my world-renowned recipe – I just realized – is from Chez Pim at Lulu's! I traveled the world to find her blog, and here she is right down the street. Next I'll have to turn the jam into pop-tarts, like she does. The comment section is filled with people oohing and aahing and wishing they lived in Santa Cruz
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  • Frozen Banana Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
    Molly Wizenberg swears it's even better frozen. Uses rum and coco lopez cream of coconut in the frosting.
    bananacake (22K)

Please RSVP if coming!
Friday August 13th, 2010 — Nicaragua–US Friendship Office

We're back and forth with the FitH,

fairytalefarms (29K) Thank you to everyone for a fun time popping the heads off those coonstripe shrimp last week. It was an artist-fest - Veronica's friend Sequoyah was visiting on her way to RISD, and was able to meet Beth and Daniella. And btw, our Fairy-Tale Farm friends over on Riverside Drive have a Thursday salon with live figure drawing, a garden market, music, food, and crafts. The girls have been going, so let us know if you'd like to come along.

With our matching funds, we'll be sending $450 to the Nicaragua-US Friendship Office. They will be so grateful! This week we'd like to benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War. They're raising funds for the legal defense of Bradley Manning, alleged to have given military records to Wikileaks, including the footage of an Apache helicopter attack on journalists and civilians.

They're also planning a Labor Day retreat for women soldiers, who face high instances of rape and sexual harassment, along with the trauma of war. The leader of this retreat writes about being deployed on a white phosphorous campaign in Fallujah, which killed hundreds of Iraqis. Later she read Baghdad Burning, by an Iraqi woman blogger under the alias of Riverbend. She realized that Riverbend was the same age and lived through Fallujah. That began her ongoing struggle with PTSD and, in her words, she began to regain her humanity.

At the retreat, they'll explore practical ways to pursue ongoing solidarity projects with women in Iraq and Afghanistan. The harsh contrast of their reality makes me so grateful to get together with you, my women of the ‘hood, in our easy and joyful frontyard dinners. May it be so for everyone, between military and Muslims, sisters and soldiers, women and warlords. And may it be soon!

Next week, Veronica and I will be watching a video by Philippe Diaz called The End of Poverty? as part of our UniverseCity class. Please let me know if you'd like to join us, or borrow the video and/or join the discussion later. The trailer is here.

And on to the food for Friday, August 6th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Nick's Sangria 22 with John & Jenny's Pinot Noir
    John & Jenny Bost have donated several bottles of Pinot Noir along with copies of a sangria recipe. We're going to make up a slightly altered version from one of my favorite cookbooks, Big Flavors of the Hot Sun. Try it, and take a bottle and a recipe if you like it!
    sangria22 (85K)
  • Spinach, Avocado & Papaya Salad with Orange-Cumin Dressing
    Big Flavors says that this is a great salad for summertime, when both avocados and papyas are at their musky best.
    spinachavacado (81K)
  • Oat-Millet-Poppy Seed Sourdough
    Pretty basic, Gardner says, but awesome for crunchy toast. Yea!
    oatmilletpoppyseed (26K)
  • Paella à la Diplomat
    A Cuban evolution of a Spanish classic. This includes chicken thighs, shrimp, sausage, clams, red and green peppers, chiles, onions, garlic, and saffron.
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  • Cuban Black Beans and Organic Massa Rice

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  • Alice Water's Baked Peaches with Shortbread Hearts and Vanilla Ice Cream
    These are baked with honey and apricot jam – my husband's favorite from Betty at the market – then served over our cream bisquits. Thanks to Mary Miller for the peaches, who's house-and-Molly-sitting with her 6-yr-old son Christopher. Thanks again to John and Jenny for the ice-cream.
    peachshortbread (43K)

Please RSVP if coming!
Friday August 6th, 2010 — Alternative Truth Commission in Honduras

To all the little FitHies in the deep blue sea,

It's summertime, and the swimmin' is easy. Thanks for giving us that San Diego break – although the weather was foggier there than here. All our chickens survived but one, who had insisted on roosting hidden in the vines on top of the 8' fence. I tried to tell it that raccoons can climb and have a great sense of smell, but it wouldn't listen. Ah, foolish youth.

This week I'd like to continue my matching offer to support the Alternative Truth Commission in Honduras. Our friends at Rights Action have just sent out a discerning article on the "official" Truth Commission as an attempt to legitimize a government that was imposed by military coup, who will be in charge of it.

Besides Honduras, there have been several unsettling recent US moves to militarize Latin America. The US Fourth fleet has been redeployed in the Caribbean. Costa Rica, which has had no standing army and had withdrawn from the SOA, will now allow in 7000 US troops. And importantly, Colombia is granting the US access to seven military bases for ten years.

The ALBA nations regard these as threats against their newly-gained sovereignty. Although WikiLeaks has its hands full in the Middle East, the truth is springing leaks all over. The coup plotters left a folder of papers in a hotel bar, which were given to the resistence. The strategy, led by a West Point graduate, involves four million dollars paid to US lobbyists to discredit Zelaya, and shows the foreknowledge of the US ambassador. The papers were revealed by ex-President Zelaya's minister in a radio interview that circulated on the internet. He has since been murdered, but the papers are still at large.

Lastly, an alleged terrorist wanted by Interpol for the 1997 bombings of several Cuban hotels was intercepted trying to enter Venezuela under a false passport. His testimony confirms that a network of "destabilization experts," operating out of Miami and DC, instigated the coup and are attempting the same methods in other countries. The good news is that these tactics are more public than they've ever been, and your support will continue that trend.

It's a great honor that Tom Louden has been asked to be the Executive Secretary of the Commission of Truth. Please help me to support him in this important endeavor. Checks can be made out to the Nicaragua-US Friendship Office.

Nicaragua-US Friendship Office
Rita Clark
6904 Layfayette Park Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003

And here's the food! Thanks for letting me go crazy at our great Farmer's Market
... for Friday, August 6th from 4:00 – 6:00

Please RSVP if coming!
Friday July 23rd, 2010 — Tom and Jenny Louden in Honduras

Raise your FitHs and repeat after me, "Hurrah for summer!"

As the rest of the country swelters, it's an especially sweet time to live in that cool foggy pocket we call Santa Cruz. The sun comes out just in time for our Friday salons, at 4. Last week we raised $200 for Alive & Kicking, making soccer balls in Africa, by Africans, for Africans. And we had a ball doing it!

This week I have a particularly urgent appeal. Since we started FitH, Honduras has been a major focus. The coup resistance movement is holding up under tremendous pressure. But pressure is also being brought to bear in the US. The organization that we funded has dropped its support of Honduras and ousted the people who were critically involved.

These people and their work have been welcomed by another nonprofit, The Nicaragua Friendship Office. It was started by Rita dEscoto, sister of Miguel dEscoto, the Catholic priest and former President of the UN General Assembly. She and her brother are very interested in the Honduran Truth Commission, in which our friend, Tom Louden, has been asked to serve a central role.

I would like to help Tom and his wife Jenny be able to continue their courageous work in Honduras. They have good candidates for accompaniment teams, which the leaders in Honduras need. For every donation given, I'll personally match the amount for this worthy cause. Whatever way Honduras goes, determines how long the struggle will be in all of Latin America.

On to the Food for Friday, July 23rd from 4:00 – 6:00:

  • Tropical Melon Soup with Coconut Milk from Deborah Madison
    Galia and cantaloupe meet jalapeno and ginger in this taste of the tropics. But we may need to save some for melon bellinis made with the sauvignon blanc that John and Jenny slipped in with their returned jars. I thought that bag was a tad heavy!
    Tropical Melon Soup with Coconut Milk from Deborah Madison
  • Whole Grain Sourdough
    Old-world goodness with crunchy grains and seeds.
    Whole Grain Sourdough
  • Sesame-Beer-Battered Halibut Tacos with Seared Savoy Cabbage and Avocado Cream
    This is a Rachel Ray recipe in honor of Veronica's vacation in Mexico this week. Hope she's having fun!
    Sesame-Beer-Battered Halibut Tacos with Seared Savoy Cabbage and Avocado Cream
  • Rhubarb Meringue Tart from Orangette
    Thanks to Chinshu and Melie for LOTS of rhubarb! And thanks to Molly Wizenberg, who adapted the recipe from Tamisin Day-Lewis, who adapted it from Nigella Lawson, this tart has the perfect pucker.
    hubarb Meringue Tart from Orangette

RSVP's appreciated greatly! See you there.
Friday July 16th, 2010 — Alive and Kicking
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Welcome one and FitHs,

Thank you to everyone last week for a particularly lively Food in the Hood that brought $250 to The New Forests Project. I appreciate your tolerance of my pie-turned-cobbler – everything looks better with ice cream anyway.

This week Gardner is on vacation and so I'm trying my hand at pizzas. These once came out looking like cobbler too, so we'll keep the ice cream handy. aliveandkickingkids1 (7K)

It was a hard decision who to benefit this week, with Democracy Now pointing out the lack of progress in Haiti. Everything I heard, however, confirmed that we had made good choices with our money – solid grassroots organizations working for justice. In Honduras, the situation continues to degenerate. Zelaya's minister of defense went on radio to reveal a folder of documents proving US complicity and foreknowledge of the coup. He was assassinated, but the folder remains at large. aliveandkicking (6K)

Our choice for this week, however, commemorates the end of the World Cup by supporting a UK foundation called Alive & Kicking. Most soccer balls are made in a village in Pakistan, where one of every five children works, and is paid less than a living wage. My friend, Scott James, has a wonderful company called Fair Trade Sports that changes that model for the US. Alive & Kicking, however, makes balls in Africa, by Africans, for Africans. aliveandkickingkids2 (8K) To date they've made 300,000 balls, 200,000 of which have been donated free of charge to African youth. We'd like to make that 200,010.

If you'd like to donate directly, the best way is online, which is how we'll transfer your cash donations. For fun, an interesting debate on the politics of sports between Arun Gupta and Dave Zirin is a Democracy Now web exclusive, called Are Sports Boring?

On to the Food for Friday, July 16th from 4:00 – 6:00:

  • Figs and Feta with Wildflower Honey, Lemon, Pistachios, Basil, and Black Pepper
    Salty and sweet, these are a perfect compliment to each other. Garden Variety feta, of course. Figs, honey, and pistachios from one stand at the Farmer's Market, a variety of basils from another.
    figsandfeta (19K)
  • Genovese Focaccia Pizza with Various Toppings
    These may include fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, or olives and artichoke hearts with mozzarella. The Idea Lab from the Paupered Chef talks about this concept.
    focacciapizza (34K)
  • Platter Salad of Mesclun Lettuces, scattered with Herbs and Amaranth
    Uses haricot verts, English cucumbers, green zebra and pineapple tomatoes, and cubes of Moonflower and Beau's Blend cheeses.
    alien (48K)
    Just Kidding!
    saladplatter (58K)
  • Highly-Experimental Sweet Potato Pudding Cheesecake with Ginger Cookie Crust
    There are no guarantees on how this will turn out, so place your bets and take your chances. Mine uses Newman's Own Ginger Creams for the crust. The photo is pure propaganda.
    sweetpotatocake (35K)

See you here!
Friday July 9th, 2010 — New Forests Project

Hullo, Foodies

A warm welcome to Lisa and crew from Escalona who joined us last week. Sorry for the missing rhubarb cobbler! We'll try to make it up to you this week with cherry pies from Debbie and Larry's bountiful trees. We're sure they're missing our FitH's as they cruise the streets of Paris, but c'est la vie – you can't have everything.

Last week we raised $200 for Jubilee USA. Special thanks to the anonymous donor who left the $50 bill in the jar. And thanks to Randall and Melie whose strawberry lemonade stand added greatly to the festivities. It was terrific to introduce Barbara Novelli and her partner to our chickens. Afterwards, Beth Regardz and I continued plotting the future of the UniverseCity, while Fatima and Cassandra hatched their own plots. Really fun! New Forests Project

This week we're raising funds for the New Forests Project. For $10, they can ship 5000 tree seeds, or 7 oz, to a farmer in sub-Saharan Africa, along with planting instructions. $100 provides 1000 gallons of drinking water to Central America. $200 sets up a tree nursery and $1000 trains 80 rural farmers in agroforestry, reforestation, and environmental restoration.

Last year, I worked with Pia of New Forests to spotlight a project in Peru where my friend, David Bayer, has planted a forest. I've found them to be very frugal and sensible. For years, they mailed a packet of appropriate seeds to any farmer in the world who requested them. Then, customs officials started charging a fee to irradiate every packet. So now they work with regional distribution centers, which has been a benefit to both.

On to the food! for Friday, July 9th from 4:00 – 6:00:

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Friday July 2nd, 2010 — and Annual Report
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Go forth with the FitH,

Well, now that we've done Food in the Hood for one year, it's time for a recap. Here's our annual report of how much we've donated to who and for what. This $7500 total includes matching funds and some of my own supplemental donations:

Summer 2009

  • $500 to IF for Red Ambiental Loretana, an indigenous organization in the Peru Amazon
  • $500 matched by IF for RAL
  • $500 to Rights Action for the Honduran resistance to the military coup

Fall 2009

  • $100 to Engender Health, a global women's reproductive health organization
  • $100 to End:Civ, a crowd-funded film on environmentalism by Derrick Jensen
  • $200 to The Quixote Center for Honduras
  • $100 to the Institute for Policy Studies and Foreign Policy in Focus
  • $150 to Wikimedia to support open source information
  • $100 to Witness for Peace in solidarity with Latin America
  • $250 to Avaaz, an international advocacy group, to end media blackouts on Tibet

Winter 2010

  • $920 to Partners in Health to help with the Haiti Earthquake, along with:
  • $200 to KONPAY
  • $200 to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
  • $200 to the Lambi Fund
  • $250 to IF for work in Latin America and elsewhere
  • $200 to Save the Waves for Chile after the earthquake
  • $100 to Rights Action
  • $100 to Dining for Women
  • $200 to SiPaz!
  • $150 to Grassroots International

Spring 2010

  • $700 to Voices of Angels for an E-Granary Digital Library in Jos, Nigeria
  • $250 to the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
  • $200 to Green America, formerly known as Co-op America
  • $200 to Witness for Peace
  • $250 to Rights Action
  • $ 30 to INMED through Dining for Women
  • $ 50 to TLC Ranch for loss of stolen chickens
  • $100 to Radio4All to support alternative news and broadcasting
  • $250 to the Center for Victims of Torture
  • $ 50 to send Michelle Whizen for training with Al Gore
  • $100 to the Monthly Review for The Open Veins of Latin America
  • $300 to Alternative Radio

Congratulations to all of us!

Last week was slow, with so many of you out of town, but fun. Some of our littlest neighbors got to meet our chickens and bunnies. We also raised $100 for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Jubilee USA Network

This week I'd like to support Jubilee USA, which fights for cancellation of third world debts, incurred by illegitimate governments for the purpose of repressing their people. Even after the dictator is gone, the debt remains. Why is it that corporations and banks can dissolve at will, but countries can't? If we change Haiti's name to Xe, would that help? Jubilee was instrumental in freeing Haiti from its debt after the earthquake. They've also introduced a bill to stop vulture funds, which I talk about in this episode of Third Paradigm.

On to the food! for Friday, July 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00:

  • Caprese Salad with "Sweet as Mother's Love" Tomatoes and Three Basils
    Served on mixed greens dressed with olive oil from Palestine, Pinot Noir mustard, Christopher's garlic, and Debby's lemons.
    Caprese Salad
  • Oatmeal Molasses Bread
    A touch of sweetness in this wholesome Gardner classic. Nice recipe and blog with the photo here.
    Oatmeal Molasses Bread
  • Bobby Flay's Sauteed Kale and Garlic
    Thanks to Reina and Ed for the kale from their garden, and to Christopher for the garlic.
  • Rigatoni with Five Lilies and Garden Variety Feta
    The aforementioned lilies are sweet onions, red onions, leeks, scallions, and chives. Thanks to Debby and Larry for the feta. The flaky salt that makes it sparkle is from Farmhouse Culture at the Farmer's Market, whirred in the food processor until it's like snow.
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
    Thanks entirely to Chinshu, for making this yummy dish with the rhubarb from her garden and strawberries from their CSA. What a neighborhood bounty this week! The blog with this photo has a nice recipe and a cute story here.
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Hope to see you there!
Tereza and Veronica
Friday June 18th, 2010 — National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Hello Fhoodies,

Sorry to have scared a few of you by saying that the past week was our last. What I meant was that last week closed out our first year of doing Food in the Hood. But it's nice to know you care! fundraisethermometer7500 (4K)

In our first year, we gave away $2500 during the first six months and $5000 during the second. If these numbers seem a little too even to you, yes, I admit it – I do round up when I write the checks. During the rainy season I was known to round $101 up to $200 - I never was good at math. But my math is getting better, thanks to all of you.

Last week we donated $200 to the Center for Victims of Torture. We also took advantage of another opportunity presented by Transition SC – $50 to help Michelle Whizen receive training on climate solutions, which she'll be sharing later with the local community. Michelle, or Ms. Whizen, as she's affectionately known, was one of Veronica's favorite teachers in biology. We're sure she'll make good use of it!

This week we'll continue raising funds for National Torture Awareness Month by sponsoring NRCAT – the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. They're a wonderful organization that's produced the banner I had on my house saying, "Torture Is Wrong." They've been keeping the focus on this issue for almost a decade, and it's not over, I'm ashamed to say. Physicians for Human Rights have also just released "Experiments in Torture" – a white paper demonstrating that the CIA engaged in illegal experiments on detainees abducted after 9/11. Help support those standing up against torture!

This Friday, after FitH, is an event put on by Devin of the Grow Food Party Crew. I'll be going, if anyone would like to drive with me:

The Peacemaker Story with Jon Young Friday, June 18
6:30-9:00 pm
Waldorf School
2190 Empire Grade
Free / By Donation

Here is a special invitation to come hear one of the most important stories of our time - The Peacemaker Story, told by Jon Young.

The Peacemaker Story is a story of the Hodenosaunee People (Iroquois Confederacy) and is surprisingly a huge part of our lineage in this country. This story presents triumphs of peace from the past and paints a vision for community for the next 200 years.

This is also a chance to check out Jon and consider joining him for one of the Getting Nature Connected weekends he is leading at the Waldorf School. These weekends include both adults' and kids' programs. More at his site.

BTW, we're looking for someone who knows how to build a couple of veggie boxes, at a Grow Food Party for Sheila Coonerty. I'm happy to do the food for an on-site FitH event, but I don't have the tools or know-how to make boxes. Let me know or give me a call at 426.5852.

And onto the menu for Friday, June 18th from 4:00 – 6:00:

  • Homemade Pizza with Herb Crust Topped with Ratatouille and Roasted Garlic
    I didn't get a chance to try the last batch of ratatouille, so I had to make it again. Yum!
  • Mesclun Greens with Feta Dressing and Herb Croutons
  • Carrot-Poppy Seed-Millet Bread
  • Creamy Polenta garnished with Marscapone, Shiitakes-Basil, or Salmon in Sun-dried Tomato-Roasted Garlic Compote
    This is the Union Square recipe halfway down the comments, not the Zuni Café polenta, although I love that too.
    Here's the polenta recipe.
  • Strawberries, olallieberries, and Small Decadent Slivers of Best-Ever Brownies
Friday June 4th, 2010 — Center for Victims of Torture

Dear Faithful Fhoodies,

This Friday will be the last Food in the Hood for the FitH year, which Veronica and I started the week after school got out last summer, along with her friends Camille and Sophia. Soon after that, the Ukulele Guys joined us: Otto, Forrest, Desmond, and Fred. It was a fun summer of playing, singing, and chasing the chicks and rabbits. Occasionally, we even had a customer, but it was slow.

This school year we've made many new friends and customers. Without FitH I'd have no idea how many incredible people live right in my extended neighborhood. Every Friday has been like a mini-block party. This next year, we'll be looking at ways to extend the concept further. Until then, we'll be taking next week off for Veronica's graduation, soon to be followed by her 18th birthday. Lotsa changes!

Last week we donated $100 to the Monthly Review, which will increase our library. We donated the other $45 to TLC Ranch, who had 300 of their chickens stolen. They were wondering why their egg production was down. This helped them buy 3 ready-to-lay pullets, and with help from their friends, they've been able to replace all 300. Yea for community-supported agriculture. Theft sucks!

June is Torture Awareness Month. It's a tough area to work in, but a group that does an amazing job is The Center for Victims of Torture. Over the past 25 years, they've restored the lives of 18,000 torture survivors, from the Congo to refugees who've come to the US. When I met them a couple of years ago, they'd just launched New Tactics, a collaborative thinktank that promotes strategic thinking in human rights. Their current discussion is on the use of community radio. Heal Torture is another alliance they're part of that shares resources among those helping torture survivors.

There's no more important work anyone could be doing... unless it's ending torture.

Menu for Friday, June 4th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Green Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk and Warm Spices
    Adapted by Molly Wizenberg from Once Upon a Tart
  • Raisin-Sunflower Bread
    Wheaty, kind-of sweet and perfect for toast. Next week, when we're gone, is Gardner's Maple Buckwheat Bread. Call him at 818-1496 if you want to order home delivery directly for only $25 per month.
    raisinsunflowerbread (44K)
  • Ratatouille, My Way
    Well, actually Norman Van Aken's way, from his cookbook Feast of Sunlight. In addition to the usual suspects, he uses fennel and roasted garlic in a two-step tomato sauce and vegetable saute. We serve it over fresh noodles.
    ratatouli (50K)
  • Chocolate Malted Cupcakes
    Adapted by Molly Wizenberg from Epicurious and Nigella Lawson's Feast.
    chocolatemaltcupcake (26K)
  • Butter Cookie Graduates
    The only thing cookie-cutter about our graduates is their shape – otherwise, every one's a unique experience. Although this is Molly's recipe (aka Jimmy's Pink Cookies) she doesn't have the recipe on her blog. This picture represents our kids' brains after six months of Senioritis.
    buttercookie (29K)

Please let me know if you're coming so I can save you some!



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