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This year, Farm to Philly will kindly host One Local summer again.  

If you’re not familiar with OLS, the rules are simple:  cook up one meal each week during the challenge (June 1st through August 30th) using locally grown ingredients (exceptions: oil, salt and pepper, and spices).  Post about your meal on your blog, or email it to your regional coordinator – a round up will take place each Tuesday at Farm to Philly.

Participation is a great way to motivate yourself to find local ingredients, seek out unique regional ingredients, and post regularly to a blog!

Click here to sign up by May 30th.

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Thanks, hon!

I drink Pepsi about two times per year.  I have a sudden craving for cola, and I usually buy a 16oz bottle and make it last a couple of days.  So, when that craving hit on Saturday and my husband went out to run some errands, I asked him to grab me a bottle.  

He brought this back:

pepsi

Pepsi made with cane sugar!  

Then, on his drive home today, he heard a story on NPR about these “throwback” drinks.  Check it out here if you’re interested.

I can’t imagine this makes my biannual Pepsi any better for me, but maybe a fraction more “whole?”

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If I weren’t already going to be in NYC this same November weekend, in order to take in a little show, I might be persuaded to take off to Camden, ME for:

The Maine Literary Festival, “For This Earth: Visions in Literature, ” November  7—9.

Part of the program will bring together chefs and food writers for a session on “The Sustainable Table: From Soup to Nuts.” Authors and critics Ruth Reichl, Molly O’Neill, and Michael Ruhlman, and chefs Melissa Kelly and Sam Hayward, address the gamut of sustainable, healthy cooking and eating—for ourselves and our planet.

You can learn more about the festival by visiting their website.  This is a non-profit endeavor, it’s a scholarship project of the Midcoast Chapter of the American Association of University Women.  Proceeds will help pay for college scholarships.

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Between the political advertisements and these people, I’m almost ready to become a freaky hippie non-tv owner (said with all due love and affection for families who actually read and talk to each other – I was, after all, an English teacher!).

Have you seen these ads?

Seriously.  If it wasn’t for The Daily Show

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I wish I had a super-fabulous post in honor of the first day of NH Eat Local Week, but, I don’t.  In fact, I don’t even have my post ready for OLS this week!  It’s been quite hectic here the last several days, so I haven’t been able to feed my internet addiction as I would have liked.

I have, though, updated the Lakes Region Food Resources and Why Eat Local? pages.  I thought that, if someone stumbled upon this site, they might find some helpful links there to get them started.

So, thanks for your patience, and stay tuned for my OLS entry, as well as more adventures in local eating!

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Entry for this week’s meal. Honestly, what more do I need to say about it?!

  • Maine lobster: Boothbay Harbor
  • Kate’s Butter: Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • The first corn of the season!: Ledgewood Farm, 3 miles
  • Potato salad: Ledgewood potatoes, last year’s homemade sweet pickles, dill from the yard
  • From away: salt, pepper, mayo

In other news, you can read about Yankee Food in anticipation of NH Eat Local Week, in the 7/24/08 issue of the Meredith News (not available online without subscription) and in the Hippo.

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