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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cleaning out the crisper

Seems like a good analogy for a catch-all posting on a food blog, don't you think? So I've moved but I'm still on the Foodie Report. I'm now a business reporter, and I'm covering retail and restaurants, among other things. It's a big change for me, but I'm quite excited by the prospect. Already it's been a fruitful (and long and exciting) week.
-- We reported that Mr. Cincinnati, Jim Tarbell, has sold Grammer's. I'm too new to Cincinnati to remember this place. Polly told me it was beautiful!
-- I'm reading your comments. I commented to midwest transplant on the Daveed's posting from a couple of weeks ago. She asked about organic food at restaurants. Truthfully, I don't know of many that use solely organic restaurants. I'll start asking, but unfortunately, I don't think a lot of places are using only organic. Do you know of any? Let us know.
-- I'm spending every Saturday morning at Findlay Market, enjoying the last tomatoes of the season and getting excited about squash. Forget flowers; I'm allergic to many. I like to put my pretty produce on a nice platter. I'm sad that summer's ending, but I love squash and pumpkin. Ruth Reichl had a recipe in one of her memories for "Swiss Pumpkin," essentially pumpkin gratin: bread, swiss cheese and milk, cooked inside a pumpkin. I'm terribly excited to try it on the first really cold night. Considering it's supposed to be in the 80s and 90s for the next week, I'll be waiting a while.


at 2:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as solely organic goes, it's not an easy thing to do. most independent restaurants focus on locally grown produce as much as they can. all of the Jean-Robert restaurants--and many others, get a lot of produce from Sally Ransohoff and her stuff is amazing.

at 4:09 PM Blogger Stepf said...

exactly. And organic is a complicated debate. Many small farms aren't certified organic, but they don't use pesticides. Being certified organic is often too expensive for a small farm.

at 4:27 PM Blogger cakegrrl2007 said...

Also aside from the cost, I'm not sure if this is the case in Ohio, but in California, being "certified" takes three years of not using pesticides. Some places here have gone organic, but are not yet certified because they are still waiting to be.

at 1:27 AM Anonymous midwesttransplant said...

Hiya, folks. I'm well-versed in the whole organic/certified organic and local stuff. (Read a lot, studied a lot, lived elsewhere, where one can eat local food grown right.) I'm up on the local farms, going to the markets and asking what their growing practices are, for example. If they use organic growing practices, I buy their produce. I didn't say I must have certified organic! I asked for restaurants that serve food free of pesticides! I'm aware that the latest thing is to go local. I want local, I love local, but not local that is sprayed or treated with pesticides. (And actually, it is not so hard to do. It's just that you have to want to do it. Or maybe it is just hard to do for this area; elsewhere it is done and considered the right thing to do!) Sorry if I sound crabby about this; it's just that I am truly sick of the appalling paucity of places to eat here. Thanks for giving this attention. (PS What makes you think I'm a she?! Just curious!)

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