My name is Kristi. I’m from the alpine desert of Southwest Colorado but currently reside on the sultry North Carolina Piedmont. As a kid, fresh produce from the garden, homemade jam, and local beef (as in from-our-pasture local) were things I assumed to be normal. And though we also ate our fair share of blue box macaroni, I’ve come to learn that I was, in fact, very lucky to have these local foods in my life.
I am not, by trade, a writer, a photographer, or a chef. My background is in theatre (stage management, specifically), and I work more than full-time coordinating performing arts events at Duke University (no, I can’t get you basketball tickets). As gigs go, it’s a pretty good one.
But my passion these days is making food! And eating it. And learning to grow it. And apparently, writing about it.
Not the smallest, but definitely not the largest, kitchen in North Carolina. Surplus of counter space, severe deficit of natural light (boo). Inexplicably narrow drawers and never, ever enough pantry space. But it’ll do!
Also, 80 square feet of earth in a community garden a few miles from my apartment. A place where I can “farm” a little of my own food and learn from others growing food around me.
In addition to my little garden, a balcony with a lovely view but limited sunlight. In an assembly of precariously perched buckets, I grow anything that doesn’t need much sun or root space.
And, most importantly, a small city with a year-round farmers market, a long growing season, and people who care about where their food comes from.
Call it a mission, a gameplan, whatever you want. In embarking on this adventure, these are the principles that matter to me, and offer to you a taste of what to expect.
- Eating locally, whenever feasible, to support local farmers, a more equitable food industry, and an increased appreciation for a seasonal harvests rather than year-round tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Developing and practicing skills of self-reliance to reduce dependence on a food industry that exploits people, animals, and the planet itself.
- Having FUN with good food, friends, and family.
- Rejecting the notion that dinner around a table and skills in the kitchen are relics of a time gone by.
- Reclaiming “foodie-ness” from those who believe a steak must be marinated in truffle oil to be delicious.
- Oh. And decorating ridiculously unnecessary cakes and the like. There is no real reason in nature to make cupcakes that look like hamburgers, but I sure do like to do it. Deal.
Up-front honesty: I’d love to claim that my entire diet is composed exclusively of local-natural-handmade-happy ingredients, but I simply cannot. Margarine and food coloring are occasionally the exact ingredients I need, and sometimes the only thing I want to do after a frazzled day at work is order pizza and avoid the kitchen entirely. And I totally bet you do, too.
But! I am working every day toward that edible ideal. This blog is a chronicle of that journey.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a brief summary of what can be found where.
Categorized in a variety of ways, find a recipe by course, ingredient, season, cuisine, and more.
Third Floor Farm
While it would be nice to have, a pastoral farmhouse in the country is not necessary to grow a little, or a lot, of your own food. Look here for the tragedies and triumphs of the plant life in my care and ways to try it yourself.
Localize Your Pantry
You need not depend on grocery aisles, fancy assembly lines, or faraway places for much of what makes up your pantry. Here, you’ll find tales of preserving food, make-it-yourself challenges, and transitioning from corporate to local foods.
Answers to questions about the site, photos, graphics, and if you’re curious, me.
Essentially, a collection of all the places I turn to when searching for recipes, gardening tips, or inspiration when I feel like running from the kitchen and never looking back. Organized in neat little rows for you!
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a question on a post and I’ll be sure to answer. Plus, the banter may benefit other readers as well. Or, follow 30 Pounds on Facebook and post your recipes, your questions, or your general howdy-do on the wall. I’m new to Twitter, but you can find me there and I promise I’ll learn to use it.
You can also e-mail me directly: kristi at 30poundsofapples dot com