So, I’m completely inspired by my new friend and her food blog Hungry Meets Healthy, and I am now fulfilling my dream of sharing my love with the world…. COOKING! My “primary” occupation is being a dental student, but my passion is making people happy and satiated through the creation (or abomination) of culinary masterpieces. My friends and family constantly tell me how I should just quit the dentistry thing and open my own catering company, but luckily I love dentistry too. My message is a little different than other blogs you may see. As a lover of the great outdoors, and a lover of sustaining the things that make the outdoors so great, I am on a food crusade. Now, by no means am I completely perfect in this endeavor, but my goal is to minimize my carbon footprint and to ingest more nutritious food by consuming those things that are raised (in the case of meat and eggs) and grown (in the case of fruit and vegetables) locally. Sometimes, this is a difficult task, and I understand when you’re craving those strawberries in the middle of January that have been transported to your area from God knows where, and in the end they are never the same as the in-season, 2 dollars cheaper, and loads more nutritious strawberries that come from right down the street. Plus, you took a stand (small and SIGNIFICANT) saying that you’re not going to contribute to the pollution and waste that it requires for those strawberries to get all the way from point A in one climate to point B in yours.
I took the Myers-Briggs personality test, and among other things, I discovered that I am an intuitive person. In my cooking life, this means that I take a recipe, never follow it, and add my own pizzaz to the recipe. I will do my best to quote the original recipe, and share with you my successes. I will also be sharing with you important articles about the quality and healthfulness of the food that you are putting in your body, because it’s true that “you are what you eat”. I will also be including tips and small that you can utilize in the kitchen to make the world greener and healthier. If you want to see what kind of foods are in season in your area, check out Produce calendar. My disclaimer is that I am NOT, by any means completely sustaining myself with local produce.
I’m a dental student, (i.e. I have no money), so the reality of my being able to afford locally raised and grass-fed meat is not feasible, so luckily since I live on the coast, I get local seafood at decent prices, and I also stock up with dried beans to constantly use to supplement my produce needs. For all intensive purposes, I am vegetarian except on special occasions and when I’m willing to shell out lots of dinero. Also, when I buy my produce that isn’t local, I always make sure it’s from farmers of the United States. I want to do my part to support the economy of my country in any way that I can, and I encourage you to do the same. So please, sit back, get out your saucepan and gather your friends around to share good food and good times over some of these recipes. And in the meantime, check out the documentary Food Inc., print out a pocket guide for the best fish to purchase in your area so as not to contribute to overfishing and ingesting food with mercury poisoning at Save the oceans!, and peruse books like In Defense of Food and Eating Animals. Get to know the food that you eat.
In the meantime enjoy the beauty of my local farmer’s market and I encourage you to find one near you!