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About the eG Foodblogs

The eG Foodblogs began in 2003 and are a popular feature in the eG Forums. These are discussion topics in which an eG Society member engages the rest of the membership in discussion of all the food and drink they consume, usually for a period of one week. Society members who become eG Foodbloggers write about all the food that they plan, purchase, cook and eat, accompanied by photos. They discuss their food background, family food preferences, eating habits old and new, shopping, gardens, beverages consumed, and more, responding to questions and comments from other members throughout the week.

Sometimes there is a specific culinary theme to an eG Foodblog, and other times the discussion is simply about a typical week of meals for that member. Although most eG Foodbloggers do love to cook and/or bake, not all love fixing their meals. All do love to eat. A significant number of eG Foodblogs focus mostly on routine dining out, or the eats enjoyed during travel.

Starting this month (October, 2010) a new season of eG Foodblogs will begin. If you are interested in becoming an eG Foodblogger (or would like to nominate someone else!) please send an e-mail to eGFoodblogs@egullet.org. Please keep in mind that all normal forum rules apply within the eG Foodblogs.

Finally, the Society is searching for a volunteer to assist the forums team in coordinating the eG Foodblogs program: if you are interested in the position please contact eG Foodblog co-ordinator and host Heidi Husnak aka "heidih" (hhusnak@eGstaff.org) to discuss what the position entails.

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2003

  • Jackal10: Christmas in Merry Olde England : December 20 - 27, 2003
  • ronnie_suburban: Dinner parties and Atkins : December 10 - 20, 2003
  • jwagnerdsm: Eating locally in Iowa : November 29 - December 10, 2003
  • GG Mora : Thanksgiving in Vermont : November 23 - 29, 2003
  • Cusina: The exotic land of Wisconsin : November 16 - 23, 2003
  • Squeat Mungry: Stoveless in San Francisco : November 9 - 16, 2003
  • misgabi: Spring in Australia : November 2 - 9, 2003
  • Shiewie: Life In Malaysia : October 27 - November 2, 2003
  • herbacidal: Home-style cooking...and then some! : October 20 - 27, 2003
  • Ling: Cooking (And Eating) On A Student Budget : October 12 - 20, 2003
  • tammylc: Shocking Amounts of Food : October 6 - 12, 2003
  • Schneier: Eating On The Run... : September 30 - October 7, 2003
  • Lady T: Meals Of A Traveling Minstrel : September 23 - September 30, 2003
  • hjshorter: All About The Shorter Family : September 15 - 23, 2003
  • KatieLoeb: Behind The Scenes At Rouge : September 4 - 15, 2003
  • fifi: She Who Only Cooks : August 31 - September 3, 2003
  • Suzanne F: A Downtown Manhattan Foodblog : August 26 - 31, 2003
  • SobaAddict70: The Tale Of The Corporate Cafeteria : August 19 - 24, 2003
  • NeroW: Daily Tastings In Cooking School : August 14 - 19, 2003
  • maggiethecat: Sonnets That Shakespeare Would've Penned When He Was Hungry : August 7 - 12, 2003
  • slkinsey: Of Opera Singers, Food And Ferrets : July 30 - August 7, 2003
  • A Day In The Life Of Fat Guy's Household: The Topic That Spawned The Foodblog : July 26 - 30, 2003

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2004

  • Marlene: Mrs. Claus And The Canadian Food Sleigh : December 20 - 27, 2004
  • Placebo: The Secret Life of Milk and Cheese : December 2 - 8, 2004
  • slkinsey: Thanksgiving Haute Cuisine : November 22 - 28, 2004
  • Little Ms Foodie: Sauteing In Seattle : November 9 - 15, 2004
  • Prepcook and Susan in FL: The View From The Porch : November 2 - 8, 2004
  • ronnie_suburban: Adventures in the Ordinary : October 26 - November 1, 2004
  • Anna N: Thirteen Steps To Dinner : October 19 - 25, 2004
  • RSincere: Cooking As Therapy In Wisconsinland : October 12 - 18, 2004
  • torakris: A Week Of Fun In Japan : October 5 - 11, 2004
  • guajolote: G-man's foodblog game: September 22 - 28, 2004
  • jackal10: Rosh Hashanah in Cambridge, England : September 14 - 20, 2004
  • snowangel: Midwestern Thai : September 7 - 13, 2004
  • daniellewiley: Toledo, Ohio -- From Pig Hocks To Tailgates : August 29 - September 4, 2004
  • Laksa: Wild Man Of Borneo And Beheaded Anchovies : August 19 - 25, 2004
  • Abra: I Take Food Personally! : August 12 - 18, 2004
  • Dejah: Food, Glorious Food! : August 5 - 11, 2004
  • Foodman: Kofte Keburgers In Houston, Texas : July 27 - August 2, 2004
  • tejon: Life In Diamond Bar, California : July 20 - 26, 2004
  • NulloModo: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer... : July 13 - 19, 2004
  • wnissen: Food In The Fashion Of California : July 6 - 12, 2004
  • helenjp: Pickles, pickles, everywhere!!! : June 29 - July 5, 2004
  • Boris_A: A Life In A Week, A Week In A Life : June 22 - 28, 2004
  • mongo_jones: Meditating On The Mysteries Of The Universe : June 14 - 20, 2004
  • feeding adoxograph: Transiting Venus and Taylorville Driveby : June 7 - 13, 2004
  • nessa: Habanero Tempers And Chipotle Smiles : May 31 - June 6, 2004
  • SethG: A week in the life of a self-made home chef : May 24 - 30, 2004
  • DoverCanyon: Napa Valley Goodness : May 16 - 23, 2004
  • hathor: A Big Apple Foodblog : May 9 - 16, 2004
  • ms. victoria: A week in the life of a Nashville eGulleteer : May 2 - 9, 2004
  • balmagowry: A week of food from Long Island, New York : April 23 - May 2, 2004
  • bleudauvergne: Bonjour from a Lyonnais eGulleteer : April 16 - 23, 2004
  • STInGer: The blog goes to New Jersey : April 11 - 16, 2004
  • Mayhaw Man: Mayhaw Man eats more than crawfish and boudin : April 3 - 10, 2004
  • Jensen: Greetings from Vancouver, Canada : March 28 - April 3, 2004
  • Phaelon56: The Blog™ moves to Syracuse, New York : March 19 - 27, 2004
  • alacarte: The Foodblog™ keeps kosher : March 14 - 19, 2004
  • bergerka: What happens when ferrets and opera singers co-habit : March 6 - 13, 2004
  • Marlene: Driving The Food Bus : February 29 - March 6, 2004
  • marlena eats!: A San Franciscan Briton's view of the Foodblog : February 19 - 28, 2004
  • Pim: A 10,000 mile foodblog : February 9 - 18, 2004
  • melkor: In search of the perfect cappucino, right in the heart of America's wine country : February 2 - 9, 2004
  • gsquared: A South African foodblog : January 26 - February 2, 2004
  • AlDente: A week in Washington, D.C. : January 19 - 26, 2004
  • JennyUptown: Pasta and peas, and other wondrous delights : January 12 - 19, 2004
  • hillvalley: Back to normal eating... : January 4 - 12, 2004

  • torakris: New Year's Festivities in Japan : December 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004

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2005

  • Zucchini Mama: A Merry Zucchini Christmas : December 18 - 25, 2005
  • jamiemaw: In the Belly of the Feast -- Eating BC : December 8 - 15, 2005
  • chardgirl: 21st Century Peasant : November 29 - December 5, 2005
  • bleudauvergne: A Lyonnaise Thanksgiving : November 20 - 27, 2005
  • Abra: Walla Walla Wash and Orcas Island too! : November 13 - 19, 2005
  • bergerka: An Opera About Cooking, With Pictures : November 2 - 8, 2005
  • mhadam: Food for Thought, Thoughts on Food : October 25 - November 1, 2005
  • SobaAddict70: Of Professional Hobbits and Food : October 18 - 23, 2005
  • chrisamirault: Place Settings in Providence, Rhode Island : October 11 - 17, 2005
  • snowangel/torakris: October 4 - 10, 2005
  • Pan: How To Stop Cooking And Love Life : July 12 - 18, 2005
  • Percyn: Food, Wine and Intercourse : September 27 - October 3, 2005
  • Susan in FL: Food and Drink Celebrations : September 20 - 26, 2005
  • binkyboots: Playing With Food In Scotland: September 13 - 19, 2005
  • Mooshmouse: Back-to-school Dining on the Left Coast : September 6 - 12, 2005
  • johnnyd: Dining Downeast : August 25 - September 2, 2005
  • Smithy: Clinging to Summer's Backside in Duluth : August 17 - 24, 2005
  • akwa: Cook Harder, More Chi. Shaolin Style Gastronomy : August 15 - 17, 2005
  • Adam Balic: An Australian in Scotland : August 4 - 12, 2005
  • Dave the Cook: Beachcraft in Northern Florida : July 28 - August 3, 2005
  • MelissaH: Summer in Oswego, New York : July 21 - 27, 2005
  • TheFoodTutor : My Acquaintance With The Man Behind The Curtain : July 5 - 11, 2005
  • Varmint: A Southern Stay At Home Vacation : June 25 - July 3, 2005
  • chromedome: Living The Dream...I Guess : June 15 - 21, 2005
  • jackal10: Smoking Bacon And A May Week Picnic : June 7 - 13, 2005
  • slkinsey and Marlene: A Tale Of Two Kitchens : May 27 - June 5, 2005
  • fifi: Foraging The Texas Gulf Coast : May 17 - 23 May, 2005
  • CaliPoutine: Diversity And Deviled Eggs - May 10 - 16, 2005
  • zilla369: Derby Eats and Derby Week in Louisville, Kentucky : May 3- 9, 2005
  • Monica Bhide: Thoughts Without A Thinker : April 26 - May 1, 2005
  • Pam R: I Dare You To PASSOVER This One : April 19 - 25, 2005
  • Wendy DeBord: Dessert, The Most Important Meal Of The Day : April 12 - 18, 2005
  • torakris: Pocky and the Geisha : April 5 - 11, 2005
  • tammylc: Baby Foodblog! (and Co-Housing Too) : March 29 - April 4, 2005
  • bleudauvergne: Specialties de la Maison, Part Deux : March 22 - 28, 2005
  • Daddy-A: Adventures In Lotus Land : March 15 - 21, 2005
  • kew/Tepee: A Week Of Food In Kuala Lumpur : March 7 - 13, 2005
  • Malawry: 34 Hungry College Girls : February 27 - March 5, 2005
  • arbuclo: Dubai Is A Long Way From Montana, Baby! : February 19 - 25, 2005
  • therese: So, You Want To Remodel Your Kitchen? : February 12 - 18, 2005
  • Chufi: Shopping And Cooking In Amsterdam : February 5 - 11, 2005
  • misstenacity: The Land of Enchilement : January 28 - February 3, 2005
  • FL Heat: It's All About The Humidity : January 21 - 27, 2005
  • Andy Lynes: Brighton Rock and Roll : January 14 - 20, 2005
  • Jensen: A Blog of Diminishing Returns : January 7 - 13, 2005

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2006

  • SuzySushi: A Tropical Christmas in the Suburbs : December 24 - 30, 2006
  • jkonick: Mild Mannered Student By Day... : December 17 - 23, 2006
  • sazji: Istanbul Glutfests : December 10 - 16, 2006
  • donbert: Roll Your Own... : December 4 - 9, 2006
  • melkor: Insert Clever Subtitle Here : November 27 - December 3, 2006
  • racheld: Thanksgiving and Goodwill : November 20 - 26, 2006
  • eje: A Week of Porridge : November 13 - 19, 2006
  • divina: Over the Tuscan Stove : November 6 - 12, 2006
  • yunnermeier: Hungry in Holland, Oberhausen & Budapest! : October 30 - November 5, 2006
  • MarketStEl: Today in History : October 22 - 28, 2006
  • daniellewiley: Interactive Wanderings in the Windy City : October 16 - 22, 2006
  • Eden: Italian Renaissance Banquet in Seattle : October 9 - 15, 2006
  • hathor: Carpe Diem : October 2 - 8, 2006
  • johnder: Bouncing Around Brooklyn : September 25 - October 1, 2006
  • Kerry Beal: ChocDoc in the Land of the Haweaters : September 18 - 24, 2006
  • Flocko: Dining in the Desert : September 10 - 17, 2006
  • FabulousFoodBabe: Of Queens and Former Presidents : September 3 - 9, 2006
  • Ling & HhLodesign: The Cool Kids at Belltown Lofts : August 27 - September 2, 2006
  • Fat Guy: A Normal Week : August 21 - 25, 2006
  • Swisskaese: The Israeli Table, Not Just Felafel and Orange Juice : August 13 - 19, 2006
  • Alinka: Not Just Borsch: Eating in Moscow : August 6 - 12, 2006
  • CaliPoutine and Pookie: The City Mouse, The Country Mouse : July 30 - August 5, 2006
  • Torakris: In the Heartland, Fast Food to Fine Dining : July 23 - 29, 2006
  • Ann_T: Vancouver Island : July 17 - 22, 2006
  • BryanZ: Alchemy : July 10 - 16, 2006
  • phlawless: La Vida Local : July 3 - 9, 2006
  • Lori in PA: These ARE the Good Old Days : June 26 - July 2, 2006
  • purplewiz: Eating Well In The Great Flyover : June 20 - 25, 2006
  • tupac17616: Barbecue & Foie Gras : June 13 - 19, 2006
  • mizducky: The Tightwad Gourmand Shapes Up : June 6 - 12, 2006
  • therese: Hey, Wanna Play a Game? : May 28 - June 3, 2006
  • *Deborah*: Power, Convection and Lies : May 18 - 24, 2006
  • Marlene, Snowangel and Lancastermike: Light My Fire! : May 10 - 16, 2006
  • Chufi: Birthday Cakes & Royal Celebrations : April 25 - May 1, 2006
  • MarketStEl: My Excellent Sub/Urban Adventure : April 17 - 23, 2006
  • Pam R: or Pam's Passover Plotz (Part 2) : April 8 - 16, 2006
  • GSquared: An Innkeeper in Eden : March 27 2006 - April 2, 2006
  • hhlodesign: On Food and Architecture : March 18 - 24, 2006
  • JAZ: Park and Shop : March 10 - 16, 2006
  • tejon: Pepper Steak and Power Tools : March 2 - 9, 2006
  • Megan Blocker: Food and the City : February 22 - 28, 2006
  • Malawry: Expecting A Future Culinary Student : February 14 - 20, 2006
  • Marlene, Dave the Cook and snowangel: Cold Turkey, Three Ways : February 1 - 12, 2006
  • Darcie B: Bakin' With Bacon : January 24 - 31, 2006
  • mizducky: A (Really) Moveable Feast! : January 17 - 23, 2006
  • John Whiting: Closed On Account Of Cassoulet : January 10 - 16, 2006
  • Marlena Spieler: Life Is Delicious Wherever I Am : January 3 - 9, 2006

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2007

  • Verjuice: Red, Green or Christmas? : December 24, 2007 - January 3, 2008
  • Abra & Chufi in SW France: Tantalizing Tales of Tripe and Trotters : December 9 - 15, 2007
  • Nina C.: Around the World in Just One Borough : October 29 - December 3, 2007
  • Lucylou95816: Low Carb in California : 19 November 19 - 26 November, 2007
  • CheGuevara: A sourcing journey through Europe : October 22 - 30, 2007
  • Gabriel Lewis: From Nihon to Sichuan to . . . Sorbet? : October 1 - 9, 2007
  • Peter Green: Bringing Bangkok back home : September 23 - October 1, 2007
  • Pille: Autumnal cooking and eating in Estonia : Sept. 17 - 24, 2007
  • MelissaH & phaelon56: Salt Potatoes and Onions, but no snow : September 10 - 17, 2007
  • Rooftop1000: On a Pork Roll : September 3 - 10, 2007
  • suzilightning: 34B : August 25 - 3 September, 2007
  • bergerka: Bienvenidos a Madrid! : August 13 - 21, 2007
  • johnnyd: Dining Downeast II : August 6 - 13, 2007
  • markemorse: Eating Immigrant in Amsterdam : July 29 - August 6, 2007
  • Dave Hatfield: Cooking & living in Paris(ot), France : July 2 - 9, 2007
  • Shalmanese: An Itinerant Chef : June 25 - July 2, 2007
  • David Ross: Black Pearls of Gold : June 18 - 25, 2007
  • Calipoutine: Sparsely Settled Spaces w/Hungry Faces : June 7 - 18, 2007
  • Peter the eater: Nova Scotia Eats : May 21 - 29, 2007
  • yunnermeier: Malaysia Truly Asia : May 14 - 20, 2007
  • Chufi: Old Favorites and New Adventures : May 7 - 13, 2007
  • Hiroyuki: Home-style Japanese cooking : April 25 - May 2, 2007
  • jgarner53: New kitchen, new food : April 9 - 15, 2007
  • mizducky: The Tightwad Gourmand turns pro : March 19 - 29, 2007
  • Domestic Goddess: Adobo and Fried Chicken in Korea : March 4 - 11, 2007
  • hzrt8w: A week of Chinese New Year's celebration : February 14 - 24, 2007
  • lovebenton0, Pam R, snowangel: North of the 30th Parallel : January 29 - February 6, 2007
  • C. sapidus: Crabs, Borscht, and Fish Sauce : January 14 - 20, 2007

  • nakji: Our Girl in Hanoi : December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

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2008

  • SobaAddict70: Living in the Moment, One Day at a Time : June 1 - 9, 2008
  • Rehovot: Prague, City of a Thousand Forks : April 21 - 29, 2008
  • Kim Shook: Dreams of an Everyday Housewife : April 14 - 21, 2008
  • Chris Hennes: Pork and Chocolate, Together at Last : April 7 - 14, 2008
  • Fengyi: Win(e)ing and Dining in Beijing : March 24 - April 3, 2008
  • Lindacakes: EIK PREWAR : March 17 - 24, 2008
  • smallworld: Spring in Tokyo : March 2 - 11, 2008
  • Lior: Spend a week in sunny Ashkelon : February 18 - 27, 2008
  • FabulousFoodBabe: Brand New Kitchen, Same Old Husband : January 27 - February 12, 2008
  • Ninetofive: January in New England : January 14 - 21, 2008
  • CaliPoutine, MarketStEl & mizducky: The Shrinking : 7 January 7 - 14, 2008

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2010

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2011:

  • Lior (2011): Food, Glorious Food: From Cold Labaneh to hot Levivot: December 17 -25, 2011
  • nikkib (2011): Stingray sambal, singapore slings and big trouble in Little India...: November 13 - 19, 2011
  • mgaretz (2011): A mixed bag of cooking, eating and commentary from Northern California: November 7 - 12, 2011
  • Panaderia Canadiense (2011): Cuy, Colada, and eating with the dead in Ambato, Ecuador: October 30 - November 6, 2011
  • Percyn (2011): A behind the scenes look into an Indian Parsi household: October 23 - 29, 2011
  • Alcuin (2011): In the middle - Eating & Drinking on the Isthmus: October 16 -23, 2011
  • CaliPoutine (2011): Surviving and Thriving in the Land of Chains: October 16 - 22, 2011
  • ScottyBoy (2011): Cooking, eating and riding a bike on the better side of the bay: Sept 18 - 29, 2011
  • nolnacs (2011): Pork, peaches and pie. Saying goodbye to summer in Philadelphia: Sept 10 - 17, 2011
  • EatNopales (2011): Quest for Grilled Quail wrestling Frog Legs perched on a Cactus Paddle: Sept 2 - 9, 2011
  • SobaAddict70 (2011) : Of Hobbits and Hurricanes: August 26 - 31, 2011
  • rarerollingobject (2011) : Mealtimes at the University of Woolloomooloo: July 23 - August 1, 2011
  • Zeemanb (2011) : A sweetbread or so north of "Winter's Bone"...: July 17 - 25, 2011
  • Peter the eater (2011) : More Maritimes: July 11 - 18, 2011
  • Frogprincesse (2011) : From tartines to tikis: July 3 - 11, 2011
  • Toolprincess (2011) : Food adventures from North Carolina : June 26 - July 3, 2011
  • bmdaniel (2011): Going off the diet in Dallas and Chicago : June 18 - 26, 2011
  • pastameshugana (2011): Looking for an Oasis in a Culinary Desert : June 6 - 12, 2011
  • SobaAddict70 (2011) : Market basket blogging : May 28 - June 6, 2011
  • genkinaonna (2011) : Carts, Cakes, and Coffee in and around the City of Rose : May 22- 29, 2011
  • heidih (2011) : A slice of life in the South Bay of Los Angeles : April 30 - May 8, 2011
  • Pam R (2011) : Passover Part III : April 17 - 25, 2011
  • haresfur (2011) : not exactly bush tucker : April 9 - 16. 2011
  • PopsicleToze (2011) : Honeysuckles and Huckleberries... Food from the Louisiana Countryside : March 21 - 27, 2011
  • robirdstx (2011) : My Spring Break: By The Bay And Through The Pass : March 13 - 21, 2011
  • Pierogi (2011) : Rollin' the bon temps on the Left Coast : March 5 - 13, 2011
  • lesliec (2011) : Beef, boots and other stories : February 13 - 20, 2011
  • nakji (2011) : Gong Xi Fa Cai - goodbye Tiger; hello Rabbit : January 30 - February 6, 2011
  • johnder, slkinsey, weinoo (2011): A tale of two boroughs : January 23 - 30, 2011
  • nickrey (2011) : Classical/Modernist: It's all Jazz in the City : January 9-16, 2011
  • Shelby (2011) : From the field to the table. : January 2 - 9, 2011

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2013:
  • munchymom(2013): Livin La Vida Locavore: November 18 - 25, 2013
  • sobaaddict70 (2013): la-cuisine-du-marche: May 24 - June 1, 2013
  • Dave Hatfield (2013):a-food-adventure: October 13 - 19, 2013

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  • Smithy (2014): Notes from the land of Cheap Refrigeration: January 11 - 19, 2014

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* Shelby (2015):--The Everlasting Garden...Canning...Canning...Canning: August 10 - 17, 2015

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"Every day should be filled with something delicious, because life is too short not to spoil yourself. " -- Ling (with permission)

"There comes a time in every project when you have to shoot the engineer and start production." -- author unknown

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      This view, which was a teaser for the blog, was taken from my rooftop terrazzo.  It is a fraction of the panorama of the river valley that I see every morning, and since Easter is traditionally somewhat miserable weather-wise, the clouds stick to the hilltops.  The barrio you can see in the middle distance is Ficoa, one of the most luxury districts in the city.  Ambato is notable amongst Ecuadorian cities for having small fruit farms (300-500 m2) still operating within city limits and even within its most established barrios - it's from this that the Ambato gets one of its two sobriquets: The City of Fruits and Flowers.  The tendency for even the poorest barrios to take tremendous pride in their greenspaces gives the other: The Garden City.  My barrio, Miraflores Alto, is a working-class mixture of professors and labourers, and my neighbours keep a mixture of chickens, turkeys, and ducks in their yards; someone down the hill has a cow that I frequently hear but have never seen.  Consequently, if the season is right I can buy duck eggs from my neighbours (and if the season is wrong, entire Muscovy ducks for roasting.)
       

       
      Today, I'll be doing my largest fresh-food shopping at the Mercado Mayorista, the largest market of its kind in South America - this place covers nearly 30 square blocks, and it exists to both buy and sell produce from across the country.  Sundays and Mondays it also opens up to a huge, raucous farmer's market where smaller quantities are available for purchase.  Sunday is the day of the freshest food and the largest number of vendors.  And I'm going to cross more than half the city to get there - I've moved since the last blog, and my new house, on the slopes of the river valley is further away than the old one on the high plain.  I promise to take many pictures of this - particularly close to the High Holy days, the Mayorista is alive with vendors and there will be special sections cordoned off for sales of bacalao, truly enormous squashes, and if it follows the previous years' trends, a festival of Hornado (about which more later).  Apart from mangoes, which are just finishing up their season, it is harvest time across the country, and the Mayorista will be well stocked with all manner of fruits and vegetables.
       

       
      To start us off, I'll demystify one of my teasers a bit.
       

       
      The Minion head that peeks out of my cupboard every day belongs to my jar of ChocoListo, the Ecuadorian equivalent of chocolate Ovaltine.  Since I gave up coffee for Lent, it's my go-to morning beverage.  ChocoListo normally comes in the plain white jar with orange lid that you see in front of the Minion; that's now my hot chocolate jar because I just couldn't resist when the company came out with the specialty jars.  I firmly believe that one is never too old to have whimsical things!
       

    • By therese
      Good morning, y’all, and welcome to the party chez Therese.
      As per the teaser, this week’s foodblog does indeed come to you from Atlanta, where I live with my two children (hereafter known as Girl and Boy) and husband (hereafter known as The Man). Girl is 11, Boy is 14, and The Man is old enough to know better.
      Atlanta’s huge: the total metro population is about 4 million, and there are no physical boundaries to growth like rivers or mountain ranges, so people just keep moving (and commuting) farther and farther out of town. Atlantans can be divided into ITP (inside the perimeter) and OTP (outside the perimeter), the perimeter referring to the interstate freeway that encircles the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods, separating it from outlying suburbs. The politically minded may note that these areas could be designated red and blue. I’ll let you figure out which is which.
      We’re about as ITP as it gets, with home, work, school, and restaurants all in walking distance. The neighborhood’s called Druid Hills, the setting for the play/movie “Driving Miss Daisy”. The houses date from the 1920s, and because Atlanta has so little in the way of “old” buildings the neighborhood’s on the National Register as a Historic District. Charming, sure, buts lots of the houses need some updating, and ours (purchased in 1996) was no exception. So we remodeled last year, including an addition with a new kitchen, and this week’s blog will look at the finished product.
      So, some encouragement for those of you presently involved in kitchen renovation, some ideas for those who are considering it.
      But never mind all that for the moment: What’s for breakfast?


      Dutch babies, that’s what. And even better, these Dutch babies are produced by my children, the aforementioned Girl and Boy. The first picture is right from the oven, the second is after the somewhat messy job of sifting powdered sugar on top. They are delicious (the Dutch babies, I mean, not the children) and a great weekend treat.

      The Man drinks coffee in the morning whereas I prefer tea. He's not up yet, having played poker last night. I'm hoping he makes it out of bed in time for dinner.

      I also eat fruit whereas he prefers, well, anything but fruit. This is not such a bad thing, as it means that I don’t have to share the fruit. Pomegranates are a pain to eat, but not so bad if you’re reading the newspaper at the same time. This one’s from California, but you can also grow them here if you’ve got enough sunshine (which I don’t).
    • By Shelby
      Good morning, everyone and happy Monday!  
       
      It's me again....that girl from Kansas. 
       
       
      This is VERY spur-of-the-moment.  I was sitting here yesterday thinking of all of the canning etc. that I needed to do this week and I thought, well, why not ask you guys if you want to spend the week with me while I do it?  I got the ok from Smithy so away we go!
       
      This will not be nearly as organized as my first blog was.  But, really, when does a sequel ever measure up to the first?     
       
      Most of you know all about me--if you missed my first blog you can read it here.
       
      Nothing much has changed around here.  Same furry babies, same house, same husband  .
       
      Right now we have field corn planted all around the house.  In the outer fields we have soybeans that were planted after the wheat was harvested.  Sorry for the blur....it was so humid the camera kept fogging up.
       

       
      I just came in from the garden.
       
      I snapped a few pictures....for more (and prettier) pictures you can look in the gardening thread.  I always start out saying that I will not let a weed grow in there.  By August I'm like..."Oh what's a few weeds" lol.
       
       
       
      Here's a total list of what I planted this year:
       
      7 cucumbers
      8 basil
      23 okra
      4 rows assorted lettuce
      20 peppers-thai, jalapeño, bell, banana
      4 rows peas
      5 cilantro
      1 tarragon
      2 dill
      many many red and white onions
      7 eggplant
      3 rows spinach
      57 tomatoes
      5 cherry tomatoes
      7 rows silver queen sweet corn
      11 squash
      4 watermelon
      2 cantaloupe
      6 pumpkin
       
      I killed the cantaloupes...and I tried damn hard to kill the squash lol.....sigh...squash bugs came early this year and we sprayed with some kind of stuff.  WOW the plants did not like it, but they've come back and are producing.
       


      I just love okra flowers

      Found some more smut   
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
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