The thought of this blog started with my friend, Hira, who is studying in Italy right now. This year, she resolved to document her dinner creations through photographs. I was immediately inspired and took a few lousy photos of what I cooked for dinner that night (I will spare you the photos, but I may share the recipes one day). It is part of the slow food movement, I guess (Hira, correct me on this one)--take time to savor and appreciate what you are eating. Food really is beautiful, a gift from Nature that we should not shovel into our mouths and then wonder what it tasted like. I suppose that is a big part of the reason that I am generally the last person sitting at the table. I like food. I like to eat. I don't want to rush through it; I really want to take the time to enjoy the flavors and appreciate the creativity of the chef. So, thank you, Hira, for reminding me of this. (**Note from Hira: Slow Food's manifesto is good, clean, fair food available to everyone. Good meaning taste wise, clean meaning sustainably grown, fair meaning all-including the animals-were treated and paid well in the process.)
Next, came my CSA delivery from Farm Fresh To You. I was reading the newsletter that comes with my bi-weekly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables. The newsletter contains recipes to try, using items from the box. This particular newsletter included a link to a blog by someone else who receives a box from the farm, called CSA Delivery. I was instantly hooked! I check the blog every day that I don't have a clue as to what to serve for dinner. They have recipes for the produce that is not often found in a recipe book or the grocery store, and for that I am truly thankful. They also have links to other folks in the CSA who blog about their recipe creations. One that I just checked out is A Boy's Life--she is also a mother (of said boy) and is smart enough to plan her meals for the week when her produce box arrives. I am not prepared to try that yet, but that is an organizational skill that impresses me and I will attempt some day!
I think the title of this post came from one of those blogs, but I honestly can't remember where I read it (I will give credit when I come across it again). It really resonates with what I am trying to accomplish for myself this year: doing what is best for my family; working to keep us all healthy; taking time to sit down together and enjoy a meal that I feel proud to serve; slowing down...