Linky Round-up

Linky Round-up

Things have been a little crazy — work is work, life is good and I’m sort of just enjoying living it without the self-consciousness of blogging. But there are a few things I’ve been meaning to link to —

First off — my friend Craig Arnold, who I went to grad school with at Utah, is missing in Japan. He was researching volcanoes and went missing last week. He’s an award-winning poet (author of Shells and Made Flesh, teaches at the University of Wyoming, and has a teenaged son. It’s all very upsetting — if any of you would like to help out, there’s a Facebook group called Find Craig Arnold with info about how to help.

Sad news yesterday about Dom Deluise, author of one of my all-time favorite cookbooks: Eat This! You’ll Feel Better! I’ve blogged about my love for this book before, and in his honor, I think I’m going to have to go make his grandmother’s cake, the one I make for every occasion. It’s the perfect cake — spongy yellow genoise, split in half and filled with fruit and custard, then “frosted” with sweetened whipped cream and topped with more fruit. I’ve had men propose marriage over this cake at potlucks. It’s fabulous. So thanks Dom for making us all giggle a lot, and for giving me my favorite cake recipe.

The NY Times has a long article on how the American company Smithfield is inflitrating eastern Europe and building industrial hog farms in areas with lax legislation …

I picked up a copy of a cool new magazine about cheese called culture. I really liked it, especially as there were a couple of articles about cheesemaking, and it wasn’t entirely focussed on buying and eating cheese. It’s a terrible time to start a new magazine, so if you’re at all interested, go pick up a copy so it’ll stay in circulation.

Again at the NY Times, Mark Bittman writes about how the freezer is your friend. I am a huge proponent of home-frozen food, and was just noting the other day about how one of the first things you learn when you move to Montana is that you need to buy a separate freezer. My own take on Montana freezer culture is here, at Ethicurean.

I’ll be back later this week with cheese news, photos of the baby rooster (yes! there is a rooster) and garden news. It’s still cold and while it hasn’t snowed in three or four days, it’s still barely spring here. So not much happening outdoors yet.

2 thoughts on “Linky Round-up

  1. Hi Charlotte – Wanted to read your piece at Ethicurean, but found it has some page formatting issues. Thought you’d like to know.

    Been reading your blog for several months now. I enjoy your perspective as a fellow progressive Montanan. I have a friend in Livingston that circulates in the same group as you do. I hope you two run into one another one day. Keep an eye out for her…Lindsay Aun, 1st grade teacher, single mom, and an all around crazy fun chick.

    Please more info about the cheese, at your convenience, for course.

    Cheers,
    Lise Rousseau Silva/Fat Robin Orchard & Farm (Polson)

  2. Hi Lise — sorry about the bad link. I pinged Bonnie at Ethicurean and when they upgraded their WordPress release a few months ago, many of the legacy links got garbled. Since she’s about to do a total overhaul of the site, she’s just leaving them for now. The new template is going to be great over there — keep an eye out.

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