103 posts categorized "Food and Drink"


Sunday, April 15: Screening of Film Winners 11:00 am

The Capital City Film Fest wraps up Sunday, April 15 with a full day of film and music.  At 11:00am, check out the finalists and award winners of the "Make A Damn Movie" Fortnight Fim Contest.

The Film Fest has tons of events with movies, concerts, TEDx presentations, and more.  Single events are $5, full festival passes are $50.  Check out CCFF for Capital City Film Festival tickets and info.

It goes all weekend.  Have fun!




The Year in Food: 2011-2012 Photojournal

This winter has alternated between sudden snows and surprisingly warm, wet conditions.

Digging these Jerusalem artichokes was easy as late as November, though the ground stayed soft through December.

Getting out for some sun and exercise in the winter, and working up an appetite for hearty root vegetables.

Fall greens and mature lettuces thrived as a long, mild autumn did not succumb to any sudden fall frosts.


Welcome visitors to the garden were 'spotted' on these lemongrass transplants brought inside for the winter.

All photos (c) 2012 Gabriel Biber


Keep Your Dough: Local Economy for Shopping

Eating local is an integral part of supporting a local economy, and vice-versa.  Getting Thanksgiving turkey from a local supplier?  Don't stop there.  Before heading to the mall or a chain store for holiday shopping this year, check out the independent stores here in greater Lansing.  Got a favorite?  Let us know below.


All That Candy



Scratching Out a Living





Cold Snap: Harvest Time



Some of the quick-growing fall plantings are nicely mature now, like these radishes.  But this is also the time to make a final harvest of peppers and other highly sensitive garden crops.  Tomatoes may need protection outdoors or to finish ripening indoors as the chance of a hard frost increases over the next few weeks.


Hardy crops like carrots, leeks and the like can be left as-is in the garden for a while yet.  If you've got sweet potatoes growing, be sure to harvest them as soon as frost kills off the leaves if not sooner.

If your tomatoes are still green when hard frost threatens, consider keeping them individually wrapped in newspaper in a warm, dry place in your home.  They will slowly ripen and you can enjoy them for months.  Some varieties keep better than other, always be sure to regularly inspect and EAT your stored home-grown food.


Fair Farm Bill Campaign

Food & Water Watch's Fair Farm Bill campaign seeks to apply pressure to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to use her power as the chair of the senate agriculture committee to fund the USDA to permit enforcement of the farm bill and its 'fair farm' provisions.  A few dozen committed people gathered Tuesday at the Downtown Library for a kickoff meeting.

The event was coordinated by grassroots organizer Katie Barzee.  As a trainee with Green Corps, she is working to organize support for fair market conditions for small- and mid-sized farmers here in Michigan and across the nation.
Barzee released the following statement:  
"Right now, our country’s food system is broken. A few large companies, like Cargill and Monsanto, control every part of our food system, squeezing consumers anddriving out small and mid-sized farmers.
"We all have the right to safe, healthy food. This year, we have a chance to make sure the USDA implements the 2008 Fair Farm Rules, which level the playing field forsmall and mid-sized farmers, giving consumers access to safer, more sustainable food.


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New Potatoes and Bird Spottings

Crispness...it's a word, and it's in the air.  Birds are afflutter with the changing seasons, and even if your potatoes aren't full sized, enjoy a few.

These redskins fresh from the garden are especially delicately flavored when boiled or gently roasted.

Butter, salt and pepper is often plenty of seasoning for these fresh beauties.  As potatoes age, you may want to add a pinch of thyme or sage--but with new potatoes give the real potato flavor a chance.

Seeing birds like this in the garden while harvesting is gratifying; we've both benfited from each other's activites this year.


From Tepuis to Petit Cool-Out

Stained glass Arriving in the Caracas airport was frenetic, but as the day waned so did the frenzy.  We spent the night in the airport near this huge stained glass window to catch a small plane out to the mountains of Merida in the morning (it appeared the airport door was basically propped with a brick for the cleaning crew).

Venezuela has a diverse interior, with urban and rural areas a Michigander would find familiar, but also with shantytowns stacked upon themselves, dense Amazonian rain forest, and a number of other unique eco-systems found nowhere else on earth (including a cave where live some freaky nocturnal birds--not bats--but that's another story.)  References to the traditional inhabitants of the area--like the Yanomami pictured below--appear in contemporary street art.


The stencil shows a young boy with distinctive Yanomami features and piercings.

From the more densely populated north, one can take an extensive bus system to the more densely forested south.  You know you're in the hinterland when there are no more bridges and the bus (along with any other traffic) crams onto a barge to be shuttled across the major tributaries feeding the Orinco and other rivers.  From here and points south, it is not impossible to find a boat to take you into Colombia.  The border is patrolled by Colombian soldiers who mix with local residents and traders along with the occasional traveler or tourist (below).  The following picture shows a full view of the common type of log boat you can see in the corner.


These boats are used to house and haul families and all sorts of commerce up and down the eastern Colombian river systems.  Once you get a little deeper into the jungle, the generally flat, thick forest is punctuated occasionally by a tepui, a huge rock that looks fairly...anomalous.


Those streaks are the remains of rivulets that appeared suddenly during the usual mid-day rain storm.  On some of the tepuis, significant brush survives on the rock thanks to these regular deluges.


Swing north through the Caribbean basin and you're likely to intersect the Lesser Antilles, the small windward isles that include Bequia, a fascinating island with a rich sea-faring, fishing and whaling history.  I found this creative pottery at a ceramics studio on the island worth a look; it playfully nods to the persistent themes of the place.


Further northward is the island of Dominica, where Noel and I helped Jerry build this 'petit cool-out' which served as our digs for our extended stay.

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The view from the petit cool-out, just a few steps from the river.  In the background is Jerry's house.



Harvest Dinner hits Hunter Park, and Big Zoo Party gets even bigger

Thursday, August 18th: Potluck dinner at Hunter Park, 6-8 pm

Bring a dish to pass and meet some new friends.  The event is hosted by The Garden Project of the Greater Lansing Food Bank in collaboration with other local non-profits.  Parking is available via Clifford St., just south of Kalamazoo St. in Lansing.


The Big Zoo Party at the Potter Park Zoo (September 10) takes on extra significance this year as the Zoo has announced it will be the model for a new national public school curriculum integration.  Shorts Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co. will both be featured at this 21+ event.  Lots of good food too, some of it local.

You can get tickets or more info here.  A recent Groupon discount coupon on ticket quickly sold out 250 units.

Gabriel Biber

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