Posts Tagged ‘contest’

Would you want to go to BlogHer FREE in 2009?

The queen of Spain is very kindly giving away a free pass to BlogHer 2009 USA to the person she finds most deserving. Click here to find out what to do to enter. I would have reservations about attending such an event myself: I am not into typical chick things for starters; I believe that the rearing of my offspring is private; I am at heart an introvert and a terrible consumer; and I also have some other cultural differences from what I perceive to be the prevailing culture of BlogHers. If I were to somehow win, or to otherwise end up in Chicago for BlogHer, I would probably end up standing around in a corner, feeling extremely awkward. I would, of course, attempt to approach people, and they, being predominantly women, would, no doubt, be polite and cordial, but would nevertheless make it clear that wherever the hell the likes of me belonged, it wouldn’t be hanging out with them. Such has been the story of my life everywhere so far, so I wouldn’t be looking for that to miraculously change. So primarily I am reporting on this for my readers, in case any of them want to give it a go.

If I were to say why I deserve to win, it would be some pretty ordinary yadda yadda: because I was forced to fold my business in April 2008; it was devastating both psychologically and financially; I have two kids in college, my parents are old and ailing, and Medicare/Medicaid is a joke, and there’s no spare cash for junkets. The interesting jobs in the area where I live are rarely advertised, and due to my own introverted psychological makeup, the “right people” don’t know me. The jobs that are left over are awful, and anyway I don’t want to work in some Dilbertian company with company picnics and mission statements. So basically I have not managed to find a steady job that wouldn’t make me slit my wrists. I’ve picked up a gig or two consulting here and there, but the economy is kind of putting the kibosh on that too. Owning my own business spoiled me forever for working for the man. Boo hoo, poor little me, and everybody else in this crappy economy. At least I have a roof over my head and internet. We have our priorities right!

I turned to blogging to blow off steam really. I totally suck at promoting my blogs. I’d really rather just write them. And I am actually working at resurrecting my business in fits and starts, but I’m older and wiser, and I know what both I and the business need to succeed and I am absolutely not going to open the doors again until those underpinnings are in place.

Erin’s blog claims that is personally subsidizing the deal so she can give the pass to whomever she chooses. I totally applaud the Erin for her generosity; and it will be fun to see whether the contest ends up embracing a true outsider, or just another one of the old girls network.

I’ll tell you who I think should win an all expense paid trip to blogher if anyone should: Deb X, AKA Green Lasagna. Deb has been harrassed so much online that she won’t even publish her full name. If anyone is experiencing financial hardship, Deb is. I sent her the link, and I hope she will not only enter, but win.

Anyway it is truly awesome that some deserving person will get an all expenses paid trip to Blogher in 2009. I think there are plenty who would probably benefit more and deserve to win more than me, and I’d be thrilled if Deb or any of my other readers was the winner!

Ten Rivers Food Web Local Cookoff

My mystery raw foods friend X and I (see Raw Foods Extravaganza) entered the Ten Rivers Food Web Local Cookoff on 5 October, 2008. We used a slightly modified version of the previously published fennel beet carrot slaw recipe.

  • The carrots and beets came from my back yard.
  • The fennel came from the Spring Hill farms booth at the Oct 4 Corvallis Farmer’s Market.
  • The honey (substituted for the agave) was also local.
  • We used lime instead of lemon, and that was probably not so good in this case.
  • Ginger: Well, if you place a ginger root in a pot of sand and keep it watered it will grow new shoots. Is that local?
  • We used shoyu for the soy sauce, which probably didn’t make any difference.
  • We used combo sunflower oil.

Post mortem:  We made this salad right before the event so the produce would be at its freshest, and also we wanted it freshly made so the carrots and fennel wouldn’t be stained totally red.  However, this salad really tastes better if you let the veggies marinate a bit.  Sooooo….. the next time, we will keep the fennel, carrots and beets separate, but marinate them each for an hour, THEN mix them all together at the end.  This will be the best of both worlds.
Here is the slideshow of the event:

And just for fun, here is the version of this event.

Foodbuzz 24,24,24 contest winners

24,24,24 As I mentioned earlier, Food Buzz had a contest where 24 blogs were featured in 24 hours.  The winners were truly magnificent foodiferous events, most thrown by professional foodies with degrees in foodology,   all kinds of connections in the supplier circle, not to mention matching china, mood decor and placemats, all documented by really awesome cameras — some of ’em even take videos.   My own humble little local consolation dinner can’t hold a candle to these folks but it was fun anyway, and normal people might actually be able to duplicate what I do.     The 24 winners’ locations are depicted in the map below.  Just click on any marker to bring up the blurb with a link to the site. Scroll around on the map too; not all of them appear in the initial viewing window.   Spend some time on these, folks! These winners put a tremendous amount of effort into sharing their exquisite food creations with you.

Mega Local Dinner

Foodbuzz had this contest called 24 in 24. You were to plan a big themed thing for 20 Sept, and they would pick 24 people and pay them to do their event and also feature them. Well of course I don’t know the right people or have enough resources to win anything like that, but I thought I’d throw my own mega-dinner anyway and blog the crap out of it. This was also the nomination dinner for my Dork for Pres campaign, where, as predicted, my friends nominated ME, since it was my party after all.

We basically went for lots of different local ingredients, but the preparations were pretty simple, not food porn material I’m afraid, way too down home for that. I’m not really about winning contests. I’m about good cooking, good friends, good food, and good fun. It was!


  • Fajitas modified to include grass-fed local beef, made with local onions, zucchini, and chiles.
  • local organic corn-on-the cob, boiled with butter & salt (I know it’s organic because every ear had a worm!)
  • local organic longbeans, steamed with butter & salt
  • traditional Midwestern cucumber fridge sweet pickle
  • Modified German coleslaw (local chives and cabbage)
  • Mike Beilstein’s back yard applesauce (similar to my sustainable applesauce)
  • Joy Keizer’s backyard zucchini with sundried tomatoes
  • My back yard tomatoes, sliced and garnished with Joy’s backyard basil
  • local organic autumn cup squash, baked (see squash reference for list of winter squash varieties) Autumn cup is so tender you can eat the skin.
  • local organic orange flesh honeydew, cubed
  • apple crisp made with windfall local Gravenstein apples
  • Remedy wine blend from Kathken vineyard
  • Red table wine from Chateau Bianca winery
  • Don Pancho tortillas, HQ’d in Salem, OR
  • Emerald Valley salsa from Eugene OR (just because we happened to have some)