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Anyone who has spent five minutes reading this blog knows of my almost inappropriate love of Michael Pollan and especially of his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  Here is an almost hour long video of a speech he gave about that book.  Grab a snack and link back to the YouTube page so you can view it full screen.


January 20, 2008 Posted by | Cookbooks/Books, Grass fed | Leave a comment


Squeaking in again, here’s my recipe for the Weekend Cookbook Challenge.  This month’s edition is hosted by the effervescent Sara and the theme is Veggin’ Out.  Now, I’m not a huge vegetable fan, I’m not going to lie to you.  My food of choice has been and always will be High Fructose Corn Syrup, no, wait… I mean meat.  I prefer my food to have once roamed the earth and to have mooed or a future in bacon.  That being said, I can and do enjoy non-meat items, though I tend make them as meat-like as possible.  Along those lines is my recipe choice, Vegetable Stock. 

This wonderful recipe comes from the Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden and I can’t say enough good about it.

Moosewood Garden

Moosewood Vegetable Stock

2 large potatoes, thickly sliced

2 – 3 onions, quartered

3 – 4 carrots, thickly sliced

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 apple quartered

1 or 2 bay leaves

6 peppercorns

10 cups (2 1/2 quarts) water

Add all ingredients to a stockpot.

Veggie Stock 

Bring to a boil.  Simmer for an hour or more.  Strain stock, pressing the vegetables to get as much liquid as possible out.

That’s it.  As Jamie Oliver would say, easy-peasy.  Oh, don’t skip the apple.  The first time I made this, I thought it would make it sweet, so I only put in 1/2 of an apple and pulled it out early.  Lo and behold, the stock was a tad bitter. 

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Vegetables, Weekend Cookbook Challenge | 4 Comments