We are at the halfway point of winter, and it's been a cold one here in the Northeast.
First I will start with an MCG Update:
The higher-ups at the Militant Community Garden did not invite us back to be gardeners for the 2014 season.
Yup, it's true.
They got wind of my witty posts about growing my own vegetables, and the shenanigans that go along with being in a garden with these "folks".
To their defense, we did not volunteer at their Halloween Spooky House Hay Ride (4 hours mandatory), or at their Santa's Christmas Playhouse Boutique (also mandatory 4 hours, 8 hours total). We did however, mulch all their giving garden beds as part of our community service to satisfy half of the volunteer hours.
We pay $100 to rent these plots, plus our time, seeds, plants and all the labor my husband and I put into it!
I guess we felt their weird rules were just not a good fit for us and that we shouldn't have to participate in their holiday crap (and I think the feelings were mutual).
On Sunday, I received a passive aggressive email, saying that "if we satisfy our remaining volunteer hours, then they will think about "inviting" us back to garden".
After much thought, we decided to pass. Gardening should be fun and positive, and with all their negativity, it's a wonder anything grows there!
I really love having a bountiful garden, so I am now searching for another place to grow (it has to be fenced in for the deer, groundhogs, rabbits, etc., and must have normal, nice people).
I will keep you posted.
Don't be sad. :(
You've met our friends Dan and Fred from Razza in Jersey City.
We had the pleasure of attending a canned tomato tasting at their place.
Yes, canned tomatoes.
Dan (a James Beard nominee), is always coming up with new ideas and techniques for cooking and baking. He makes his own butter (it's ridiculous); ferments his own vegetables; bakes different types of breads (the latest one made w/ malt); and now trying out new tomatoes.
Sourcing from local is very important to these guys, using farro from Pennsylvania instead of Umbria; all vegetables from New Jersey farms; their beers are mostly from NJ, NY and PA, even their tomatoes are sourced from domestic suppliers.
The latest, Chris Bianco's own brand of tomatoes from California Bianco DiNapoli (from the famous Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix).
We tried 11 different unmarked cans, rating the tomatoes on viscocity, color, texture, seeds, acidity and overall taste.
Some heavy hitters from the pizza world were there (including me?). Mark from Pizza a Casa cooking school in Manhattan, and Scott from Scott's Pizza Tours in NYC, all weighed in on their faves.
And the winner is..............................drumroll please.
Alta Cucina, from California.
We were also treated to amazing pizza and vino. This is truly the best pizza on the planet.
People are talking.
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