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Third KBOO Radio Show: Local Foods Special

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FarmToTableCoverI’m just loving my adventures in Radio-land. I’m still in awe that such distinguished food folks have agreed to come on the show. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Portland-based chef and food writer Ivy Manning, whose Farm to Table cookbook is one of my new favorites. Click here to listen to the archived show.

Our local foods special also featured an interview with the Portland Farmers Market director on expanding access through the new Sunday King neighborhood market. We also talked to local chain Burgerville about their campaign to highlight local (but not organic) foods on their menu. After the show, I got a chance to taste firsthand the Yakima, Wash.,-grown asparagus Burgerville is promoting this month. It was delicately fried, tempera-style, and served with a garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce. But the Burgerville promotion also includes an asparagus and tomato melt sandwich on the menu. Doesn’t that less than local tomato cancel the asparagus out? The Burgerville COO said their tomatoes are from California but could some be produced under sub-slavery conditions in Immokalee, Fla.? Could enough Burgerville customers say no to out-of-season tomatoes to make the company change their policies?

Burgerville Fried Asparagus/Flickr Creative Commons/By kthread

Burgerville Fried Asparagus/Flickr Creative Commons/By kthread

Written by baltimoregon

May 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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  1. so i have to confess that until this weekend, i’ve used this book more as soothing reading material than as a collection of recipes… for some reason this beautiful book wound-up sitting my bedside table, and i will often pick it up when i’m lying in bed and read about some market selections or grilled creations before falling asleep! this never ceases to amaze salo, who doesn’t quite get the concept that i actually seem to read cookbooks like they are novels or short story compilations. anyhow…the transformation occurred yesterday when i actually decided to MAKE something from this book. i made the arborio rice pudding with sugared almonds and homemade oven-roasted strawberry preserves. it was a divine recipe- indulgent, cool and summery with the first touch of good looking strawberries i’ve seen around here. i do think i kept the strawberries in the oven a bit long though- since my “preserves” were really dry and sticky and i would have liked them a bit more liquidy. i think i’m going to serve the leftover preserves on toast this morning… what a delicious treat! i must have been inspired by all of your jamming-talk online đŸ™‚ thanks to you, laura, and liz manning for sharing all of your inspiring ideas and letting a brooklynite feel a bit of the local-loving west-coast spirit.

    there in spirit

    May 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

  2. sorry it’s Ivy Manning- i’ve got “liz” on the mind since a friend of mine just got engaged! – j

    there in spirit

    May 24, 2009 at 7:54 am

    • There in Spirit-

      Thanks for the kind words! The preserves are quite thick and sticky, yes. So much the better for this recipe, but if you are interested in something a bit more toast-topping, just bake about 20 minutes less.
      Strange you thought my name was Liz Manning, that is my sister’s name.

      Ivy Manning

      May 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

  3. Thanks Julia! That recipe caught my attention, too. I plan to make it…if I can just get to the farmer’s market early enough, before the strawberries sell out. They’ll be more abundant in June:)


    May 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

  4. […] because I never seem to have my dishes ready at one time). I want to cook my way through her book. On our radio show she referred to kohlrabi as a vegetable that even intimidates classically-trained chefs and tends […]

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