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Last post, we talked about the concept of food systems.  There is an implication is that the study, or mere recognition, of food systems is a modern idea.  And while, the conversation is certainly picking up, the topic of the movement of food is an old, old topic. Did food make geography?  Not completely, of course, to a certain degree geography is what geography is.
What can tropical fruit and grains teach us about food systems?  Keep updated with our April Seasonal Spotlights with reading lists, blog posts, and dirt to plate videos!
I was recently speaking to a group of college students about the food system.  To me, the food system is this looming, ginormous entity that connects everyone (we all eat, right), yet remains for the most part, unseen.  In an effort to make this relatable, I described the food system like the ever-growing universe that had recently made its way back into pop culture via Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
If you’re looking for more information on our seasonal spotlights, check out our monthly reading list series!  We’ll include books on agriculture, culture, history, cooking and more!  Most titles available through the Carnegie Library system!   This month we’re talking about tropical fruits, grains, and food systems!   For the Kiddos: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (for Young Adult Readers) by Michael Pollan, ...
In Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking & Curing, authors Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn ask the question: why is charcuterie, the “culinary specialty largely defined by preservation methods- still relevant?” The answer, obvious to some, is taste.  They go on to say, “Having solved the survival issue, we have the luxury to think about pleasure, about refinement.” Similarly, Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller relate in In the ...
Just in time for spring!  Check out this refreshing orange and fennel salad with onion and olives.  It’s a great mix of local and global ingredients and it uses one of our favorite parts of any citrus fruit: zest!  Bonus: Learn how to segment an orange and how to use those frilly fennel fronds!
While distinctly a classic dish prepared around the United States for St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef is not what you would call a totally traditional Irish meal.  Rather, corned beef tells the story of building a cultural identity and cuisine in a country surrounded by other cultures.  Most likely, Irish immigrants to America began eating more meat upon their arrival, as meat became more and more available, ...
Arguably, the shaping of cuisines is one of the greatest ways of examining the relationship between humans and their environment.  Cuisine is a form of recording history, preserving and developing cultural identity, and is the outcome of our relationship with the land through agriculture and our relationship with technology through cooking. Cooking, the physical transformation of food, is something that humans have been doing for thousands, possibly millions, ...
We know that you know that citrus is something to celebrate, but we want to help you maximize your appreciation for all things citrus by learning some quick tips for using the whole fruit.  Lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, we know you love it, but that beautiful protective peel is full of flavor and eager for its time to shine. When Labels Matter: You know that we love
If you’re looking for more information on our seasonal spotlights, check out our monthly reading list series!  We’ll include books on agriculture, culture, history, cooking and more!  Most titles available through the Carnegie Library system! This month we’re talking about citrus, charcuterie, and cultural & traditional cuisine!   For the Kiddos: Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine The Red Lemon by Bob Staake The Strange ...
When people think about how important the potato is to world cuisine, we often think back to when we first heard about the Irish Famine of the 1840s.  This event has been imprinted onto our minds for many reasons–one glaring reason is the intense hunger and starvation of the poorest people in Ireland, with the fewest resources to access food.
Why are we so excited about bringing in sustainable seafood?  Well, for the food nerd in us, it’s another great way to continue the dialogue about sustainability in the food system, but it’s also just one of many new and exciting things to come in 2014 at Marty’s Market. Stay tuned!
No doubt by now you’ve heard pretty much everyone speaking in terms of sustainability: sustainable development, sustainable business, sustainable agriculture, sustainable seafood, and so on.  The question always arises: “What exactly does it mean?” What’s great about talking about sustainable food is that there’s room for interpretation, dialogue, theory, practice, a multitude of voices, but unfortunately, this is also the downside.
If there’s anything that Pittsburgh cherishes more than the Steelers, it’s pierogies (or pierogi, the more traditional Polish spelling).  Plump dumplings filled with potato, cheese, sauerkraut, and other cold weather favorites, pierogies are the perfect comfort food for six more weeks of winter. Pierogies are also perfect to highlight one of our February Seasonal Spotlights, potatoes!
Feeling a little landlocked when it comes to selecting and preparing seafood?  You are not alone!  But there’s no reason to jump ship when confronted with the seafood counter.  With a little bit of knowledge, you’ll be well on your way to preparing healthy, sustainable seafood dishes at home!   Have a Seafood Strategy:  When it comes to seafood, it pays to plan ahead. First, think of your audience!