Road Trip: The Big Harvest Potluck 2014

Why are you calling yourself a “D list blogger”?
The salad line stretches out in the shadow of an ancient tree. It’s lunchtime at The Big Harvest Potluck, and Cheryl Sternman Rule is giving me a swift kick in the pants about my attitude.
Why do that to yourself? Who are you comparing yourself to?
Cheryl is a skilled interrogator, asking questions that make me think. And she is not pleased with my answers. After slowing down and listening to myself, neither am I.
Why do you write about food? What moves you? Are you just doing it for page views, or do you have other reasons?

I could spend the rest of this post doing what I normally do after a conference - rambling on about the fantastic location, the fun things we did (balloon rides!), the great speakers, the wonderful people I met.


Not today.

PicOfTheWeek: Kale as a flower arrangement

PicOfTheWeek: Kale and vegetables as a "flower arrangement" at Burpee Gardens for Pam Anderson's Big Harvest Potluck. I'm still trying to process all the information. Until my brain settles down, I'll just enjoy these decorations. (Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the rainbow chard setting - it was even more colorful.)

Pressure Cooker Duck and White Bean Chili

My freezer is overflowing. I can’t help myself; when I see a deal on meat at the grocery store, I buy it. Enough is enough. No more meat purchases until I clear everything out of the freezer.

I have a pound of ground duck left from my trip to Maple Leaf Farms, and a bag of white beans in the pantry. Cassoulet pops into my head - the classic French bean stew with duck confit and sausages.

I may have started started out with cassoulet, but by the time I was done, the pot was more Southwestern than French. It seems like all one pot meals turn to chili in my kitchen.

Was I disappointed? No! Rich duck meat, creamy white beans, and a hint of spicy heat? It’s almost like I meant to make that in the first place.
Shhh. Like Julia Child said, no matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Duck and White Bean Chili

Five Fun Food Finds September 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year. I overheat easily; I love weather that’s just a little bit cool, crisp enough that I’d consider wearing a jacket.

To celebrate the first day of autumn, here are five things I’m enjoying now…with a bonus food quote from my twitter feed:

Five Fun Food Finds September 2014

PicOfTheWeek: Pressure Cooker Kidney Beans

PicOfTheWeek: A pressure cooker pot full of kidney beans. It's time for some chili!