It’s been a while…

It has been over nine months since I’ve last written. If you’re a new subscriber you might be wondering why it’s been so dang long.

Please do excuse my long hiatus. My last post came shortly after I began a new job with the amazing hunger-relief organization Feed My Starving Children. For nine months I worked two jobs — during the week I worked in the marketing & communications office of a university, and I spent most weekends traveling around the country for FMSC. As you may be able to imagine, it has been a busy year. From September to May I didn’t have much time off, and Ric and I were on somewhat opposite schedules, so what little time we had together we spent together. In the process, my blog got left behind.

In May I left my job at the university to work on a farm. Yup, I’m a farmer… sort of. Back in February Ric had the crazy idea to apply to be interns on a small family farm that we had purchased eggs and some meat from in the past. We both thought it would be a really great experience. So we applied, thinking it was a total long shot, but in the end we actually got it! So for the past month I have been working on a small, diversified, family farm that raises antibiotic-free, hormone-free, pasture-raised animals.

I’ve been torn about continuing the blog under the guise of “Not Quite Vegan,” because I have to confess that I am nowhere near vegan at the moment. In fact, my meat consumption has gone up about 500% since working on the farm. You may remember my confessional post about eating bacon last summer. In it I explained why I would occasionally eat meat if it was from a local farmer and I knew it was raised without any of the bad stuff.

Well, now I have gone from eating meat maybe once every one or two months, to eating meat five days a week.

So, dear readers, do I start a new blog? Do I continue this one with a new title?

What I would like to write about is my love of food — natural foods; food from the earth that still has dirt on it; meat raised by local farmers in a humane and healthy way. I love food, and I think working on the farm has given me a new perspective on food. I am passionate about the local food movement, and trying to move away from the processed junk that seems to consume so many Americans’ diets (myself included sometimes!). What I would like to write about is what to do with the food you might find at a farmers market, for instance, and how you can prepare that food. I think a lot of people who have been in the habit of eating a diet consisting largely of processed items might have a hard time figuring out how to make the shift to whole foods. I have had people tell me that they just don’t know what to do with some of the vegetables they find at the farmers market. I totally understand, and I’ve been there myself. It takes work and it takes a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things, make mistakes, and get your hands dirty.

So, my diet may have changed, the title of this blog may change, my reader audience may change, but in the end it’s all about what I love: food. Because of my love affair with food, I want to continue to share my recipes and thoughts with you, just maybe in a new way.

Please comment and let me know what you think! I will be brainstorming a new title for the blog and new posts! In the meantime, here are some pictures of the farm.

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2011 in review

Thanks for all your support in 2011! I’m looking forward to a new year full of delicious, seasonal, vegetarian & vegan recipes.

Here is a link to my 2011 year in review, from the lovely people of wordpress.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.