Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Who: Anita and Cameron Crotty, of Married...with dinner
We do our best to follow a sustainable food lifestyle. We go to the farmers market every week, rain or shine; it’s our weekend ritual. We grow a lot of our own produce, and we preserve both our own harvest and foods we buy in season. We also participate in Eat Local Challenge events, especially the annual Dark Days Eat Local Challenge hosted each winter by Laura McCrae of (not so) Urban Hennery. And this year, we’re taking our canning up a notch, participating in the inaugural year of CanJam, a monthly challenge focused on preserving the best local produce.
One of our new year’s resolutions for 2010 was to eat more food grown by people we know. It wasn’t just born from a desire to eat more local food, but out of the realization that the closer we are to the source of our meals, the more satisfying they are for us. We’ve had the great fortune to become friends with many of our local farmers and food artisans, and to make visits to local farms throughout the Bay Area.
One of the newest features on our blog is the Dinner on a Deadline series, a project we started in response to Michael Ruhlman’s controversial calling bullsh*t on people who can’t find time to cook. We know that getting dinner on the table is equal parts planning ahead, stocking your larder and knowing your limitations - things that can take years to master by trial and error. To help people get the skills they need to ditch convenience foods, we write about tricks we use to get dinner on the table quickly. Then we give our readers a little homework: Something simple enough that they can do it after dinner, or in an hour or so on the weekend. And each post includes a recipe to show how to use the week’s tip in a real-life setting, usually a tried-and-true supper we actually eat on a regular basis.
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