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Food, plumbing, and the holidays

Posted at 7:28 PM on December 4, 2008 by Paulette Thompson


I was looking forward to the Thanksgiving holidays. I was set to get as locavore as I could. I made plans. I told my mother about the turkey I was going to order and all the rest. I love planning dinner parties and am usually quite successful with them (choosing the right mix of people and the right food).
It did not happen. There was trouble brewing at home.
I should not complain as I did not have the floods that some of our locavore blogger friends have had out East. Here's what happened: The plumbing of the units in the building where I live have started to fail. It was my turn before Thanksgiving and during Thanksgiving week.

I also had house guests right after the first plumbing incident. I fed them food from Trader Joe's even though I had plans to cook kale with sausage and sweet potatoes. Unfortunately I did not feel like cooking after cleaning up, moving wet stuff for hours and then trying to find a dry space for them.

I have become acquainted with the nice plumbers each time they had to come out. My house is still drying out. I ended up staying with my folks for a bit after the last watering event. The only thing I prepared for Thanksgiving was an apple salad. The apples were
from Washington State, different varieties.

Despite it all, I was cheered up by a really cool article in EAT magazine, a free publication out of British Columbia to which I subscribe. In the locavore column, the article about holiday cooking with local ingredients was just what I would have loved to have read before Thanksgiving. It'll do for the next round of holidays: http://issuu.com/garyhynes/docs/eat_issue.12-06.web
See pages 34 - 38.
Check it out and tell me what you think!