This week I spent more time at home, thus more time in my own kitchen, therefore more time preparing food the origin of which I could know and control. This turns out to be a boon for someone who cares where their food originates. On Monday night I made dinner for a plumb-tuckered Descartes: salmon, green beans, and mashed potatoes. The salmon was a pre-commitment buy from Trader Joe’s, originating in Chile or some crazy far-away place like that. But the rest came from our CSA or the co-op. To the mashed potatoes I added coconut oil, Clover butter, salt & pepper, local thyme, and both yogurt and cheese from my new raw milk suppliers in the foothills. The result was tangy goodness if you ask me; Descartes isn’t partial to the very-sharp cheddar, but I love it.

On Tuesday I learned, while buying an onion at the co-op, how important it is to know the geography of your foodshed in order to stay in it. Was Hollister within 100 miles? Surely, no. How about Malaga? I didn’t know. Taking a chance, I went with the Malaga onion…sorry to say, but it turns out Hollister is closer by 27 miles or so. These are times when I could use my Dad’s new GPS device, which he has named Bitchin’ Betty, both for its coolness and for the annoyed tone that the female voice takes on when he misses a turn…”Recalculating…”

Wednesday was Halloween, and a doozy of a day if you’re looking for local treats that a) aren’t chock full of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated soybean oil, and other outstanding food-like substances that just belong in a child’s body, don’t they??? And b) aren’t homemade, since I don’t know a single parent who will allow their child to eat a homemade treat from a neighbor they don’t know. After much deliberating, I decided not to include Halloween candy in my 100-mile diet challenge…after all, I wasn’t going to eat those treats, was I??? (I plead the Fifth.)

Instead I focused on what I was going to eat that night…that afternoon I had picked up my CSA box to find a bunch of radishes with greens intact for the second week in a row. An internet search to figure out clever ways to use radishes turned up an intriguing Radish Greens Soup, which was highly-rated by the one person who rated it. I decided to give it a try – off-the-cuff inspiration from Descartes turned it into a Coconut Curry Greens Soup…delicious. A friend dropped by for a minute, and when he came in he said, “It is your house that smells so good! I can smell it from the street, it smells amazing out there.” I was proud. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the finished product. My friend found it amusing that I take pictures of dishes that turn out well (especially since I’ve recently recovered my camera). I guess I used to think it was weird, too, before I got a blog.

The rest of the week has gone fairly well…not perfect, but better. I think I’m getting the hang of this. More soon!