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  • simonathibault 10:19 am on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It – October 28th, 2011 

    Here’s what we’ve been digging this week.

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    – Open File reports on the issues with liquor laws that often plague bar owners in Halifax and the rest of the province. Namely, that they are archaic.


    Churroquembouche image by Matt Armendariz

    • Acadian and Arab food, all under one roof? Say what? (Via The Chronicle Herald)
    • And last but not least, Anthony Bourdain drops in at Google to talk about food, his television shows, and more.
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  • simonathibault 10:10 am on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It – October 21st, 2011 

    Hello Passable Readers. Here’s a small collection of what we’ve been reading for the past week:

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    Chow shows you how to make your own pixie stix!

    -The NYT’s diner’s blog recently posted what is probably the best video on how to frost a cake. Parchment paper strips! Genius!

    -The CBC details how farmers are using social media to reach out to their customers.

    Sarah Elton tells the Atlantic what it’s like to cook and eat a Canada Goose.

    Halifax’s newly launched OpenFile posts the history of a subject that I have always wanted to know: the history of Pizza Corner and the Donair.

    • And a lovely video about Tartine, the famous bakery in San Francisco:
     
  • simonathibault 7:30 am on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It – October 14th, 2011 

    Here are a few things that caught our eye at Passablethis week.

    • The WSJ discusses a recent interest among food cognoscenti in old recipes. And when I say old, I mean hundred of years old.


    Really Anne? Raspberry Cordial? That’s so provincial…

    Also from the NYT, Sam Sifton’s final revue in his role as food critic: a four star revue of Thomas Keller’s Per Se. An excerpt from the review: ” The menu has a set price of $295 a person, excluding wine. Nine or more courses are prepared, along with canapés to start and mignardises to finish. A conversation with a sommelier can easily double the cost of the buy-in. Dinner for two can scratch at $1,000 — or about the same as the median weekly household income in New York State.”

     
  • simonathibault 7:30 am on October 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The working Localmotive 

    They say that on the path of life, you often end up back where you started.  In the case of Jody Nelson, that’s very true.  The former Albertan started her life on a farm, moved to get away from it, and now finds herself with her hands in the dirt once more, albeit this time in Nova Scotia.  Nelson and her husband, along with their two kids – run Localmotive Farm just outside of Stewiacke.  In between picking food for their CSA and running a farm, Jody sat down to talk to Passable.


    Squashes from Localmotive website

    What is your connection to farming?

    I grew up on a small, family beef farm in Northern Alberta. As a little girl, I knew that the best tasting carrots were the ones that still had a bit of fresh dirt on them. In my youth I spent many years getting far, far away from my hometown. I never imagined that I would end up where I started: at the end of a gravel road, on a little farm built out of nothing.

    How does it feel to come full circle?

    Pretty startling. The older I get , the more I realize how consistent we all are. Not to sound cliché, but you can’t escape who you are or where you come from. It has been a full circle, but this farm bears no resemblance to my family’s farm. For one, I am far away from my extended family, which can be pretty isolating. I grew up among a throng of cousins. That just doesn’t exist for us here. We are also smaller and more intensive than my family’s farm. We are only using one acre to supply a 53 member CSA, a small farmer’s market, and us. The “us” has gotten much larger these days, which is also a difference from my roots. We have taken on many WWOOFers (people who Work World Wide On Organic Farms) and apprentices over the last couple of years. I have loved opening our doors to all sorts of interesting people. It sort of compensates for the lack of family nearby.
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  • simonathibault 8:24 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It! – For October 7th, 2011 

    As we mentioned last week, Passable will be posting a weekly collection of some of our favorite things to read: from blogs to news sites to chats and more.

    Here are some of our favorite things to read this week.

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    With more and more people discovering that they are sensitive to wheat one doctor talks to Macleans on why he thinks this is happening.

    A CBC story on the possible abolition of a prohibition-era law which impedes the importation of wine across provincial boundaries.

    Nathan Myhrvold, he of the 43 pound, six volume book on modernist cuisine, posits that one of the easiest ways to aerate and decant wine is to put it in a blender.

    Eater takes a look at the beautiful bounty of bitters.

    The Globe and Mail shows us that food in Newfoundland isn’t all about salt cod and scrunchins.

    For the turophiles among us: The importance of affinage in cheese via the NYT.

     
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