Foraged Salad: Traditional Foods, Contemporary Chef Southeast Alaska – YouTube

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Foraged Salad: Traditional Foods, Contemporary Chef Southeast Alaska – YouTube.

I’m looking forward to the wild edibles poking up in the mud after the snow melts. I will dig out my gardening gloves to harvest nettles.

Here’s last year’s post: Wild Edibles

And Laurie Constantino’s wild edibles website.

Ingredients Film

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Watch this film!

This film made by my brother, Brian Kimmel, is about the local food movement all over the world. It highlights farmers, chefs, families, authors, developers and more ,who are starting to challenge industrial farming methods.
Watching this film makes you hungry. Hungry to start your own garden, Hungry to buy from markets and hungry to eat locally grown food. Please share this information.

Well, here’s a personal post…


On my computer at school I have a yellow sticky note with my year-long research question for my work on the CRAVE project with my students.20121121-095452.jpg

How can my family live more lightly on the earth?

And then stickies referring to the categories I need to investigate and blog about. But as I stared at them I realized that I should have drawn a big elephant to represent what I wasn’t going to talk about. Weight. Certainly becoming a teacher instead of a retail worker made me more sedentary and I gained a little bit of weight around 14 years ago. I didn’t gain much weight with Cormac and actually lost weight while pregnant with Finley. But in 2002 I had major work stress during which I was bullied by a parent and treated very badly by the administration and fellow teachers. It was an incredibly horrible situation and I definitely gained weight from the stress as much as from stress/comfort eating. I’ve just kind of hung onto that trauma and I think issues with my weight are an outward sign.

I know that one way an individual can reduce his/her impact on the planet is by eating less and maintaining a normal weight. So that’s my goal. For the last week I have been following a very strict Whole 30 with calorie restriction and tracking. I did a Whole 30 in January 2011 and lost weight without tracking what I ate so I expect this time to be even more successful. This plan is similar to a paleo diet: no sugar, no grains, no legumes, just protein, vegetables, and a little bit of fruit. I’d been doing well with no processed food and eating lots of vegetables so it’s been a pretty easy transition. I was told this summer by my ND to give up gluten and it has been a struggle even though I feel better, much better, without it.

If I am making efforts to make simple changes then I can’t ignore the elephant in the room,, the change that most needs to be made. It’s harder to lose weight as an adult but people who are well within a normal weight range use fewer medical resources, eat less, eat better quality food, and are more active. So, as I work toward the Exercise part of this research this is a plan that can immediately be put into motion.

Wish me luck.



Chicken with Brussels sprouts

Butter churning


All of my posts seem to be about me. Isn’t this supposed to be about families? Well, I’ve been reading a lot of books and posts about basic homesteading/home-making skills lately and trying to do a little more around the house.

Well, this morning my seven year-old and I were inspired by a little video we stumbled across on Pinterest.

Kids! On the computer! Making butter?!?!

And then I discovered that he’d never made butter before. I have very clear memories of making butter in jars in Mrs. O’Sullivan’s first and second grade class at Ruth L. Chaffee Elementary for Thanksgiving in the classroom. Easy peasy!

It’s actually a lot easier than my son’s expression would have you believe.

We added heavy whipping cream to some lidded containers. The big kids (that’s our neighbor at the back) got large Ball jars and the two year-old has a container from the little blender. Then we shakeitshakeit.


First it makes whipped cream. And you may be confused, take some out, add a little sugar, and make your toddler eat it with strawberries.


Then you stop second guessing yourself, shake a little longer, and realize that the buttermilk really is separating from the fat!


Voila! Butter! I should have taken pictures of us all doing shots of buttermilk, but I forgot.


The kids were a little too shocked that it actually worked. Do teachers not do this in school anymore?