Here is what was posted on the FFWD site: "Food Revolution Day is a chance for people all over the world to come together and stand up for good food and essential cooking skills. It’s a chance for people to come together in homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook and share their kitchen skills, food knowledge and resources. Food Revolution Day is a global day of action to raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education for everyone.
The theme for this year’s Food Revolution Day is “Cook it. Share it.” – something all of us here at French Fridays with Dorie are passionate about already!"
The more I thought about it - the more it made sense to me. After all, French Fridays IS a journey through getting back to the kitchen and sharing the fruits of our labors with our loved ones. Long simmering stews, tasty salads and soups, appetizers worthy of sharing with friends.
It's not only about nourishment of the body, but it is about community - which feeds the soul.
Since on Food Revolution Day, we will be headed down to NYC to take in a Yankees game (Runner Girl came home this week, so this is our first major family outing in a while), I thought it would be worth a recounting of how real food played a part in "community" over the past week.
Every couple of months, the First floor of my office building plans a communal food day - each one centering around a theme. This past Friday, the theme was "healthy grazing" and we were all challenged to bring in a healthful dish to share. It was a good reminder to all that good food can also be good for you.
The following day, I had the very rare opportunity to gather for brunch with family in celebration of an upcoming wedding. Of course, you can't have a family gathering without lots of food. Family. Food. Family. Food. Time around the table was spent catching up and comparing notes on our childhoods. (I was the dessert maven - Dorie's financiers & couer a la creme made an appearance, along with the pistachio cake below).
Speaking of food & family, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Mother's Day dinner. Culinary Kid was in charge of (as much as any one can be in control in my kitchen...) the salad and The Dude was on grill duty (shrimp and filet).
As you can tell, Culinary Kid shares the "don't take my picture" gene with her mother. That's my girl!
The salad was originally intended be the strawberry goat cheese tartine from Around My French Table. Except... for the small problem that the only bread in the house was a loaf of English Muffin toasting bread. I had lettuce... so salad, it became.
We finished dinner off with this French Yogurt Cake from Baking.
Food. Family. Community.Three places where giving your best makes a difference.
Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Concept loosely based on Strawberry-Goat Cheese Tartine from Around My French Table
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 head Boston lettuce
1 1/2 tsp whole pink peppercorns, crushed (if you don't have a mortar & pestle, place them in a sturdy zippered plastic bag, cover with a towel and give them a good pounding with the flat side of a meat tenderizer)
3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs grainy mustard
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a 1/2 pint canning jar and shake vigorously.
To make the salad, layer the lettuce, strawberries and goat cheese in a large bowl. Sprinkle the peppercorns on top. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
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