For those too hip to own a TV or too busy with Adult Hide & Seek League on Friday night, here's a clip from the first episode of Portlandia, the new IFC show that pokes fun at the manifold artisanal, locavore, and alternative delights of Portland, Oregon. In this excerpt from the first episode, a couple quiz their waitress as to their chicken's diet (sheep's milk and locally grown hazelnuts), first name, and social life, before heading out to check with their own eyes that the farmer is "not one of those guys sitting on a yacht in Miami, cashing in on the organic trend."
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you invading Asian carp, rename it "Kentucky tuna."
Foraging is so 2010. So as we begin a new year, the New York Times' reports on the latest food movement in the making: behold the Invasivores. The Invasive Species Diet encourages the consumption of everything from road kill (raccoons anyone?) to overpopulations of deer as well as something increasingly rare, plentiful fish populations such as the destructive lionfish which can produce up to 2 million eggs per year. Also on the menu, kudzu and other wild plants, As Rachel Kesel, who counts herself among the members of The Compact, a group that has sworn off the purchase of anything new save for toothpaste, medicine, and underwear, puts it in precise Pollan-ese, "Eat weeds." (An Italian-inspired preparation, with garlic and olive oil, is shown below.)