Happy New Year!

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Here’s to friends, fun, and making good food together!

Tis the Season

Each Christmas I pull out the heirloom quality cookbook my sister made me, and turn to the one recipe that I actually know by heart, Old Fashioned Fudge. This is holiday tradition passed down through my mother, from her mother. Somehow, I ended up as one of the few in my generation with the patience, inclination, and skillset to take up this candy-making.

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my 1st batch this year, mid-boil

The recipe is so simple: sugar, coco, milk, butter, and vanilla. It’s all about the blending and boiling.

I’ve added flavorings the past couple years and reduced the sugar to coco ratio, making my fudge less sweet than my mothers.

Often I enlist helpers, because really everything in the kitchen is more fun with company (laughter adds flavor to the dish!), and also very few people have been involved with making fudge that doesn’t include marshmallow creme.

Even with someone to share the stirring duty, this fudge’s Community Appetite connection is more in the ritual sharing than in the cooking. It’s so rich a treat, just one or two 1″ square pieces is a serving. So I package it up careful- four pieced to a festive bag- and share it with the people that I spend time with. Always the story of our Christmas food tradition, passed down through the generations, gets included.

Usually the fudge gets a second look of appreciation once the story is shared. And that’s why it belongs here on the Community Appetite blog. The sharing of food and the sharing of stories, go hand in hand for a rich, delicious life.

What are your holiday food traditions?

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Whoa! Autumn Update

Hello friends,

I am home sick today, with an ear infection. Boo. It’s a great excuse to put on Christmas music and sip tea, though. In spite of the quietude here on the blog. I’ve actually been feeding my community appetite quite well the past couple months.

8167290791_514616a730_cferment harvest Nov12First of all, it’s pickling season again here in Houston. So the Mister and I have been having more than monthly gatherings in our new condo to wash, chop, pack, and enjoy fermenting vegetables.

Also last month was my birthday (Six Squared!), and much of my celebrating with friends included food.

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Jeanne brought Meyer Lemon mead and pickled eggplant, neither of which lasted the night. Dustin brought home-made goat’s milk cheve and kim chi to the party. Madison brought me some pre-party snacks and sour dough.  It was amazing.

I also was able to get, not one, TWO visits to Baby Barnaby’s! Baby Barnaby’s is a breakfast only place in the heart of the old Montrose neighborhood. It is also truly a home away from home for me.

My Mister took me Monday an I  serenaded him with early 80’s pop songs for his trouble.

On Wednesday I went again, this time with 3 friends I rarely get to spend time with and Baby Barnaby’s being the kind of place it is, we spent 25 minutes visiting with the out of towner in the next booth, making sure she knew all the best and unique museums and attractions in town.

After such a big week of celebrations, Thanksgiving was small and quiet.  Actually small and quiet was perfect, as the four of us who gathered all shared in the creation and enjoyment of the meal. At the end of the day I left Ranger’s house, full in belly, full in dog snuggles, and full in my spirit, and isn’t that what feasting and Community Appetite is all about?*

*OK, you might have a different opinion about the dog snuggles, but the other two, those are universal.

Announcement from No Impact Project

From Colin and the No Impact Project:

During the first week of October share your fall local food recipes with other No Impacters on our Facebook page! Use foods from the fall/autumn season that are local to your area. Please share:

A photo of your tasty creation
Your location
A list of ingredients and instructions for everyone to enjoy.

We will select some local food champs under the categories of Most Creative, Tastiest, and Lowest Impact to post on our website and share with our mailing list of 30,000 supporters!

Please share this announcement!

This challenge is so in-line with Our Community Appetite’s purpose, too. I will definitely post at least one recipe.  What are you and your friends cooking up as Autumn begins?