OPENeducation Celebrates Chez Panisse’s Dedication to Edible Education

(Updated 3/28/15:  new information about the San Francisco Diggers and their namesakes from 17th century England.  12/14/16:  fixed broken links) Some birthday parties are enlivened by a clown, a magician, or a karaoke machine. But when an legendary restaurant like Chez Panisse hits 40 in a creative city like Berkeley, California, you can expect something […]

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Treehugger’s 100-Mile Thanksgiving Challenge

Treehugger, “a fast-growing web magazine, dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible,” just announced the five finalists for their 100-Mile Thanksgiving Menu Challenge. And I’m one of them! To create my 100 mile Thanksgiving plan, I did not start with a traditional Thanksgiving menu and try to replicate it using […]

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Eating Local – Featuring Spring Vegetables

My second Washoku adventure began much like the first: browsing through Elizabeth Andoh’s cookbook to identify a few potential recipes, going to the farmers’ market and buying a variety of produce, then figuring out what to do with it all. This time the “Temple Garden Chowder” in Andoh’s book was the only seasonal and local […]

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Eating Local – Rise and Fall, Hit and Miss

With this latest meal, I swing back from the Far East to a California cuisine sensibility. California is blessed with an early appearance of Spring vegetables, which can make cooking local foods a simple activity. Just cut them up, cook them quickly, and let the vegetable’s essence shine through. Souffles can be a perfect place […]

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Eat Local Challenge – May 2006

USGS map downloaded from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection,University of Texas at Austin, found via Wikipedia:Maps.Post-processing with Microsoft Visio and the tools at pixoh.com An Alternative to Petro-EatingThe American food system is powered by an immense amount of petroleum: raw materials are transported across the nation, converted into a product, sometimes wrapped in layers of […]

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