This week it's the truth about eating local as we check in with our Locavore Nation volunteers. They're at the end of a year of eating eighty percent of their food from local sources. We find out what they've missed, if they're converts or released prisoners, and more.
It's seafood politics at its best for Jane and Michael Stern at the Ecola Restaurant and Market in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Then documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf, who tracks government policies, imagines his ideal food system.
Christopher Kimball of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated magazine stops by for a blind tasting of that panacea for all woes, canned chicken soup. And social activist and poster artist Ricardo Morales talks a new calendar that gives a month-by-month history of coffee.
This soup was how my Italian grandmother got me to eat the greens I detested. They say I was a bright child, but I didn't catch on to what she was doing until I was well into my teens. Get the full recipe
Jane & Michael Stern: Ecola Restaurant and Market, Cannon Beach, OR
Visitors to Cannon Beach on Oregon's majestic coast shouldn't miss the Ecola Restaurant and Market, named for nearby Ecola State Park (an oceanside rain forest). Gorgeous display cases await customers who come to buy fresh seafood of all kinds. Others can have their choices prepared to eat on the premises or to take away.
It's all here: oysters, clams, prawns, scallops, Dungeness crab, halibut, albacore tuna, troll-caught salmon and more. Order the Fish & Chips and take your pick from the cases for the fish part of the equation.
While you're in the area try to catch the sunset at nearby Haystack Rock. This giant outcropping of rock rising from the surf is most spectacular late on a sunny day when the sky turns pink and the mists roll in. It's worth the trip.
Thanks so much for this past year. We are humbled by the commitment and tenacity of each of you. Talk about candor, resourcefulness and imagination -- you folks are the models. Thank you for teaching us and our listeners so much about what is possible.
Christopher Kimball of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated stopped by the studio for a blind tasting of canned chicken soup with Lynne. Brands tasted were:
Healthy Choice Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
Wolfgang Puck Organic Chicken with Egg Noodles
Campbell's Original Chicken Noodle
Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle
The verdict? Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle took top honors with Wolfgang Puck Organic Chicken with Egg Noodles coming in second. Healthy Choice Old Fashioned and Campbell's Original were deemed "inedible!"