{FSC Community} DIY Projects 2011

{pine paneling from my childhood room = raised garden beds} We were so blown away by the insightful, inspiring and enthusiastic responses we got from our Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking book giveaway question–What DIY Project are you most excited to tackle this summer?– that we are posting all responses, plus our own d.i.y. dreams….

{GIVEAWAY} Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

The day has arrived…Kate Payne’s Hip Girl’s to Homemaking has hit the stores. It was released on Wednesday- hurray! Along with other fabulous blogs, Harper Collins Publishers have graciously provided us one advanced copy to giveaway to one of our readers. To up the “ohhhhh ahhhhhh” factor, our copy will be SIGNED as Kate will…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

It’s the first beautiful weekend in months… Its been a very long winter and it seemed like spring would never arrive in Upstate NY. I’m keeping this roundup short & sweet. Happy Sunday! Happy Sunshine! Happy Springtime! -Christina Dr. Marion Nestle tells us how to get involved in the 2012 Farm Bill. She also has…

{weekend reading} local giveaway edition

{Rustic Italian by All Good Bakers} WINTER FARMERS MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted. The countdown has begun, just four weekends left indoors until the outdoor markets and Wednesday markets return or open for the first time, in the case of Troy… We can do this folks, just a few more weeks! Empire State Plaza…

{WNIMKW} Living in the West

Editor’s Note: What’s New in My Kitchen Wednesdays, is a semi-weekly series where we weave a personal story with a review of a beloved or new item in our kitchen, in our glass or on our plate. Take it away Leslie….-Christina +++++ In December, an issue of Sunset Magazine arrived in my mailbox. Their slogan,…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

So.Many.Good.Links.Start.Reading.Now.It.Will.Take.You.All.Week. Enjoy. -Christina THIS WEEK IN FOOD Ohhhh Bittman. I love you. He reveals on his NYTIMES Opinionator Column why he is currently fasting…On his NYTimes blog he shares some of his fasting experience, Link-love on Hunger, Poverty & Budget Cuts and finally, his thoughts on Hunger as a Disease. Wonderful, wonderful pieces. Sooo if…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION*

NEWS/COMMENTARY/COLUMNS- all food all the time A great story on NPR this week on year-round growing featuring my friend Georgia and her husband Zach, owners of Tree & Leaf Farm in Unionville, VA. They sell to restaurants and at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market in DC. Congrats! Mark Bittman turns on the positivity this week…

{know your farmer} Join a CSA?

Here in the Northeast, it’s summer-share CSA {Community Support Agriculture} sign-up time. More specifically in our little corner of the world, the Albany/Saratoga/Schenectady/Troy area is being treated to a CSA Fair sponsored by Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, NOFA-NY. It is being held TODAY at the ATRIUM, the location of the Troy Farmers…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

Due to our {unexpected} blog vacation last week, this edition will cover many news items, recipes, food projects and commentaries from the past two weeks… -Christina Ride Mama Ride?!! RIIIIIIIDE Pleeeeeeesssse. NEWS Hot off the press, Stop & Shop calls for a voluntary recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy & Super-Chucky Peanut Butter (another peanut…