Andrea Bithell has got to be the friendliest rubber-cowboy-boots wearing farmer this Texas soil has seen in a long, long time. There’s dirt caked under her nails, her hair’s flying across her face, and one pant leg is rolled up while the other one isn’t. This is the look of a Paul Quinn farm manager who couldn’t give a cow dung how she looks when it comes to the two acres she’s in charge of. Instead, it’s the farm that matters.
I learned all this when I trekked over to Paul Quinn College last Thursday and discovered that the farm everyone’s been talking about is really an old football field converted into planting beds. In March 2010, ground broke, and the first crop of melons, peas, and okras sprung up that same summer. Now the Paul Quinn Farm employs about 12-14 work study students, sells its crops to places like Greenling, and is the gracious host of A Community Cooks for the second year in a row.
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I made fresh country gumbo if you want to know what gumbo should taste like, get yourself down here fast. South Louisiana tomatoes are here, fresh goose and chicken eggs too. Radishes and baby mixed color arrots are beginning to po in the garden out back. Fresh shrooms landing this afternoon along with stinging nettles, ramps, fiddlehead ferns and Verpa Morels.What else do I need to say? I done said it, so…
For the 25 minutes it was pitch black at the Foundation Fighting Blindness‘ Dining in the Dark event (which I attended as a media guest), all I could think about was how easy it would be for someone to steal my purse, stab me, or eat all my food. I guess this is what watching too much CSI does to you. It makes you extra paranoid and jittery.
Thank God the lights weren’t off the entire time. The first course was see-able, and I devoured my soup course in plain sight while goggling at important people like Ross Perot and Ebby Halliday, who gathered inside the Hilton Anatole last night to hear remarks made by the Foundation’s people. The work that FFB is doing is pretty amazing, and if I had millions to give, I’d be supporting its mission to drive the research that’ll provide preventions, treatments, and cures for those afflicted with retinal degenerative diseases too. All the speeches made me thankful for my gift of sight, and even more so when they turned all the lights off for the main course. Blind waiters, like our guy Joseph, trained all night to serve donors their dishes. A firefighter stood in the corner should disaster befall. And a few staff members wore night goggles in case someone choked or needed assistance. Everything was fine, really. Nothing to be scared about, but if Events Editor Liz Johnstone and People Newspaper’s Bradford Pearson hadn’t been there by my side, I might not have made it through those 25 minutes.
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Several of you smarty pants sent me snarky emails about the not one, but two posts we ran yesterday on National Grilled Cheese Day. Apparently a couple of folks on our staff were so jacked up about NGCSD they couldn’t contain their joy. What’s the shame? Almost every food has a day, week, month, or a year. Like many other holidays we celebrate, these celebratory days are designed to keep marketing people employed.
In the spirit of supporting job growth in the United States, I bring you three foods you can eat this weekend that will stimulate gastric juices and the economy. (BTW, yesterday’s frenzy over the GCS overshadowed the fact that is was also National Licorice Day. Bummer for licorice, eh?) Today is National Peach Cobbler Day. I bet there isn’t a fresh peach in the northern hemisphere so you may have to celebrate Del-Monte style. Tomorrow is National Pecan Day! Dig that! And Sunday is National Glazed-Spiral Ham Day, not to be confused with National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day. You already missed that one.
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Earlier this week winemaker Gary Horner of Erath Winery was in Dallas to lead an educational overview and tasting of some of his single vineyard, and single clone Pinot Noir selections from the latest 2009 release. I was an invited guest of the tasting held at Oak. I am a big fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and have always enjoyed a glass of Erath, best known for giving good value with their varietally correct Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc selections. This was a wonderful opportunity to taste through some of the single vineyard wines from one of the oldest wineries established in Willamette Valley. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Erath Pinot Noir"3 Comments »
Dishers, where did you dine and what did you eat this week? Here is what you reported last week.9 Comments »