Eating Locally

Sourcing Local Foods / Food Preservation / Make-Your-Own Pantry

Blog Love (and other inspiration from the interwebs)

Food / Gardening / DIY & Craft / Inspiration / Friends & Family

Book Love

Cookbooks / Gardening / Non-Fiction / Fiction

Sourcing Local Foods
When pondering local food, you might conjure images of plump, scarlet tomatoes and mounds of glistening berries. And those are, without doubt, some of the more delightful benefits of transitioning to local fare. But it’s easy to forget that a vegetable garden is not the only venue for staging a local food revolution.

Eat Wild
Food Routes
Local Harvest
Pick Your Own
To Market, To Market: Farmer’s Markets 101

Food Preservation
I wish every day that I had helped can more with my grandma when she had the strength to tackle hundreds of jars each summer to preserve the harvest from my grandparents’ enormous garden. I can still pick her brain over the phone for instructions and advice, but it’s nice to have some additional sources of information. Still, the best way to learn is to actually try it, preferably with someone who already knows what they are doing.

The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Cooperative Extension Service
Fresh Preserving
The Cheese Queen
Pick Your Own

Make-Your-Own Pantry

Breakfast Cups: A Love Story
Favorite Pizza Crust + Chicken Spinach Alfredo Pizza
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Homemade Dried Pasta
Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Two Ways

Food Blogs & Sites

101 Cookbooks
17 and Baking
All Recipes
Bake at 350
Buns in My Oven
Cake Wrecks
Dash of East
David Lebovitz
Food in Jars
Food Politics
Homesick Texan
Honest Fare
Honey & Jam
I Am Baker
Joy the Baker
Kalyn’s Kitchen
Katie at the Kitchen Door
Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
My Baking Addiction
Plant Food Fabulous
Savory Sweet Life
Simply Recipes
Slow Cooker from Scratch
Smitten Kitchen
Tarheel Foodie
Tasty Kitchen
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle
The Talking Kitchen

Gardening Blogs & Sites

A Way to Garden
In My Kitchen Garden
Life on the Balcony
You Grow Girl

DIY & Craft Blogs & Sites

Craft Gossip
Craftzine Blog
The Art of Doing Stuff
Tip Junkie
Whip Up – Handcraft in a Hectic World

Inspiration Sources

A Fanciful Twist
Apartment Therapy
Design Seeds: For All Who Love Color
The Kitchn

Friends & Family Blogs

1500sqft {Home Renovation}
DC Savvy {Getting by as a 20-something in DC}
FlowersandFootball {A Wedding and a Couple’s Life}
Mama Shaklee {Raisin’ Babies}
Sean & Sierra {A Chronicle of a Mountain Wedding}


Cooking with 4 Ingredients, Jean Coates
Food In Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round, Marisa McClellan
Home Cheese Making, Ricki Carroll
Joy the Baker Cookbook, Joy Wilson
Meta Given’s Encyclopedia of Cooking, Meta Given
Saving the Seasons, Mary Clemens Meyer & Susanna Meyer
Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes, Alisa Huntsman
The Homemade Pantry, Alana Chernila
The Pasta Machine Cookbook, Gina Steer
The Perfect Scoop, David Lebovitz


Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartholomew


Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
Diet for a Dead Planet, Christopher D. Cook
Radical Homemakers, Shannon Hayes
The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball
The Ecology of Enchantment, Des Kennedy
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan


Seedfolks, Paul Fleishman

Take Action
I’m firmly believe that every person who makes the choice to eat more sustainably makes an impact. I also firmly believe that a group of individuals speaking out and standing up for those choices can augment that impact significantly. This is a sampling of organizations are working every day make local, sustainably-grown food easier to find.

Center for Ecoliteracy
Community Food Security Coalition
Farmers Market Coalition
Food and Water Watch
Slow Food USA 


  1. Sara Hardin
    May 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Another recipe website I like is:



    • Kristi
      May 24, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

      Thanks for the link! I love finding new sites to read. Her Hot Bacon Dip looks delicious, it’s totally going on my list of things to try.


Leave a Reply