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Chick EN!!!

January 25, 2010

If you got that random reference, then you have spent way too much time with me. Hung over. In a small car. Trying desperately for several hours to find a Cracker Barrel in order to get me some “Sunday Chicken” already so I’ll shut my stupid mouth.

And if you didn’t get it, well then I guess you do now. Try not to be jealous! That was a fun trip, even without the bras hanging from the lampshades.

Sadly it’s chicken that I am now feeling I couldn’t eat even if you got me drunk and placed a steaming hot plate full right in front of me. Because now I “know too much” about food.

A while ago I posted about reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and I finally finished it last week. It was nothing less than a game changer for our family. It’s changed the types of foods we want to buy and where we want them to come from, in small and not so small ways.

I would say we were eating about 90% or more organic meat and dairy before I finished the book, but I would venture to guess we’re going to actually decrease that percentage over the next year. I’m not saying we’re going back to conventional supermarket fare for our meat and dairy, far from it. What we’re trading out from the organic we’re replacing with something that is coming to mean more to us, but is also proving more difficult to obtain. We’re now on the hunt for local, sustainable, grass fed, free roaming meat and dairy products. We’d even prefer to purchase some produce items as local rather than organic, depending on the type.

We’ve found a source for local eggs at two area farmer’s markets and will be exploring one in more depth this weekend. I’m so excited to see what is out there and easy to find that we’ve never bothered looking for before. I’ve been spending some time exploring some internet resources and have found way more options for locally produced pastured meats than I thought we would have. I’ve even started following a local-ish farm on Twitter (See, it’s good for much more than just discussing Anderson Cooper’s Gay/Straight status!).

So I feel that I’m making good on my threat and learning something every day about our food sources, sometimes LOTS of somethings. The sheer volume of learning, thinking, researching, demystifying and educating that is going on in this house regarding food these days is frankly exhausting. I’m excited to keep learning, and sampling (the eggs are awesome!) and eating whole, fun foods. But yes, I also have plans to finish the margarine in the fridge before experimenting with going back to butter. But when that’s done, I have a great local source of delicious Amish butter alllllll lined up.

And some day, when my road trip car mates come visit me for another girl’s weekend, I promise I will make you guys some super awesome Sunday Chicken of my very own. And you won’t have to spend 3 hours in a car with my still-a-little-bit-drunk-ass to get it.

Unless you ask nicely.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:16 am

    That was an awesome weekend. More food and wine than 4 girls should consume in a two day span, but made for really great stories.

    I love that you are looking into doing this. This is my ultimate food goal….sustainable food consumption. If you haven’t already (though I doubt that you haven’t), look into a CSA near you (Community Supported Agriculture). You pay a small fee and then get a share of the farms crops on a regular basis. You don’t really get to pick what you get, but you get a heck of a lot of it. Living where I do the CSA’s are limited so getting into one is pretty difficult. You may have an easier time of it.

  2. July 12, 2010 1:10 pm

    God, I miss Cracker Barrel.

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