Killing and Growing

At its most basic, the story of life on earth is the competition among species to capture and store as much energy as possible---either directly from the sun, in the case of plants, or, in the case of animals, by eating plants and plant eaters." Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (21) January in Vermont. Fog… Continue reading Killing and Growing

The Alchemy of Fat

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, but today it was mercifully warm in Vermont. As the old snow and ice coverings melt, disappear, and reappear in the fluctuating temperature, I am reminded of one of my favorite culinary pursuits: rendering fat. It's the perfect activity to symbolize this time of year because fat behaves and looks… Continue reading The Alchemy of Fat