Archive for July, 2009

My new hero

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Will Allen is doing for his community what I’ve only dreamt might be done for today’s urban ghettos – he’s turned two acres in a run-down area of downtown Milwaukee into a superproductive inner-city farm. If inside the greenhouse was Eden, outdoors was, as Allen explained on a drive through the neighborhood, “a food desert.” […]

To pay, or not to pay?

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A friend of mine recently alerted me to the fact that individuals can sell their own products on Amazon. His plan was to import plastic stuff from China – my first thought, of course, was of selling Butter Bean Boutique clothing. I could get tons of fabric and sell only the less-complicated dresses like Pillowcase […]

Summer’s best lemonade

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

When I was growing up we traveled frequently to see my relatives in Guatemala. I was a foodie even then – I looked forward to sugar-crusted plátanos rellenos with equal enthusiasm as I did our trips to see the craggy ruins of ancient temples. Some things I have never found satisfactory replicas of in the […]

A good day

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

A cool (80 degrees) evening, a friend home from China, a couple steaks in the fridge = a recipe for grilling. New baby potatoes: Became devilled potato salad: And was served with this (flank steak, beaten 1/2″ thick, smothered with a paste of basil and garlic, layered with provolone and prosciutto, tied, sliced, and grilled): […]