Nothing I Can Do About it Now

February 20, 2008

So. Much. Cheese.

Filed under: Uncategorized — dregina @ 2:10 pm

We are still eating solely local foods.

 A few notes on that topic:

  • We are eating a LOT of dairy. Somehow cheese, the anti-carb, has taken the place of grain in our diet.  The thing is,  we aren’t eating pasta, rice, etc right now – we’re eating root vegetables, along with brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. These vegetables are ok on their own, but really, they TASTE A LOT BETTER WITH CHEESE. Either that, or butter. Or both.
  • Also: local cheese is delicious.
  • I am sick of doing the dishes. Sick unto death of doing the dishes.
  • Everything we’re eating does taste better – fresher, more flavorful, just like all those eat local boosters said it would.
  • People at the farmer’s market this time of year are COMPETITIVE.  You want beets? Better get to the market before 9 am. Because all the other local eaters are going to be there, and they don’t want to get stuck eating kale all week any more than you do.
  • This would be ridiculously easy to do in California.  Every week Cristian and I go to the fancy gourmet grocery store around the corner from our house, because their produce is all clearly labeled as to where it came from, and 90% of everything is from California. *shakes fist at lucky Californians who aren’t eating brussel sprouts 4 times a week*
  • It costs more to eat this way. I have a lot of friends who would argue me to the death on this one – that if you eat vegan, whole foods, just produce and grains, it would be cheaper.  They’re wrong. Everything costs more. Which is totally ok. Cristian does start clawing at his neck at bit, remembering his cold can of bean days, when we’re paying $4.00 a pound for tomatoes, say, or $1.50 for 5 garlic cloves, but  it just costs more, and that’s all there is to it. It’s scary to think that most people on the planet couldn’t afford to eat if it wasn’t for the unsustainable excesses of agribusiness.


  1. maybe be we can make panir in alaska. it’s my new favorite party trick. who knew making cheesy could be so easy? my ayurvedicist says it can’t be beat in terms of protein content.

    Comment by p$ — February 21, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  2. danar, you want to know the secret to incredible tasting veggies? ROASTING. do you want to know my fave roasted veg? BRUSSEL SPROUTS. i am not even kidding: it changes like the entire biochemical nature of the things. here’s what you do with brussels (and DO IT and then tell me i’m a genius upon eating): peel a couple of outerlayers. toss on a baking sheet with olive olive and some salt and pepper to taste. 40min at 400 degrees in the oven. they will get very dark and crispy on the outside and rae better than potatoes. i am not even kidding you with this. do it. do it now. tonight.

    Comment by AmyK — February 22, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  3. do not dis the kale. same goes for the brussel sprouts. AmyK is right, get out the roasting pan and quit yer complaining.

    not cheap, but frugal – i like the csa budget. paying up front for more than half of our groceries makes me feel like we’re somehow getting away with something. like you go to the farm and they GIVE SHIT TO YOU. may not be much cheaper, but it’s a fun trick to play on yourself.

    Comment by sara — February 22, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  4. Hey dana—we should totally try to do some raised beds in your back yard!!! I know you and C have your master plan, but maybe we could look into it an see how much raised beds costs–and since you’ll have a composter, it’ll be perfect!! We can grown obscene amounts of zucchini!!!!!!

    Like I said earlier–on with the cheese and the butter!

    Comment by missyann — February 23, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

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