Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • June 21, 2012 • 4 Comments

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Rebranding "leftovers" as a fun way to combine meals afresh is the theme of Walker's and Addie's lunches today. Here's Amanda on what they're having:

Kids like leftovers, too! And they like dishes that allow them to browse around and select what they want. We had a dinner party, so I sent our kids to school with Luciana's Porchetta, pickled onions, garlic-rubbed crostini, and baby mustard greens (from the CSA I just joined) dressed with leftover vinaigrette. For dessert: Crème brûlée! But I just called it pudding.

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City Dirt Extras: Fig Propagation

By • June 20, 2012 • 5 Comments

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You asked and we answered! After our City Dirt column on plant propagation, a few of you wanted to know more about propagating figs. Here's more from our garden specialist Amy Pennington:

I think you'll be surprised at how simple this is, but for anyone interested, here are the instructions if you want to DIY it:

  1. Find a fig tree! Maybe your neighbor has one or maybe you're in a local park.
  2. Using pruning shears, cut a 4- to 10-inch long piece of soft wood new growth, just above a plant node.
  3. Fill a large pot with potting soil (a simple plastic pot that shrubs come in is perfect) and stick the fig cutting in, cut side down. Don't worry about stripping the bark, spacing or anything. You just need to place the cutting in a well-drained medium with space to grow.
  4. Water, water, water! Moisture is key. Eventually, your cutting will grow smaller little leaves and develop a root system. You know it is ready for replanting or repotting when you give the plant a slight tug and it resists.

For more on propagation of other plants, read the full City Dirt post!

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Kickstarter Love: The World's Fare

By • June 19, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, it's about a massive, roaming dinner party.

Family dinner has been given a lot of credit for keeping kids off drugs and parents connected. Sitting down to eat with the people you love is an age-old tradition, one that often spawns new relationships, ideas, and connections. Eating with a group—whether it's family, friends or strangers—is perhaps the most basic communal experience you can have. And one of the most fruitful.

The Feast Conference is a cross-disciplinary series of discussions dedicated to changing the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Organizers describe the event as a "feast on big ideas" that seeks to address some of "today's toughest challenges." They ask participants to "bring their best to the table" in order to help change the world.

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