Eating for Two

Dear readers,

Time for a long-overdue explanation!   It’s been quite a while since I posted.  There have been a number of reasons for this; for one thing, I’ve had a number of paid writing gigs that have eaten up my blogging time.  For another, I got promoted and have been incredibly busy at work– and I’m working a late shift now,  so Joe does most of the cooking.

But the biggest reason for my absence is that I’m working on a different kind of project:


Joe and I are expecting our first child, a baby girl!  She’s due on my birthday, November 15 (inshallah).  I’m six months along and everything is going well so far.  It’s been quite a ride so far!  Pregnancy has been physically and emotionally demanding, so blogging has taken a back seat– not to mention those four weeks when I couldn’t eat anything but crackers and tacos (weird).

I’m going to keep the posting light for now, but I hope to make use of this space in the future as my life changes.

Love to you all!

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El Premio Arte y Pico Award

El Premio Arte y Pico

El Premio Arte y Pico

I’m happy to tell you that The Real Potato has received its first blog award!  The Arte y Pico award was started by Arte y Pico, a Spanish-language blog that honors arts blogs.  What does it mean?  According to the site,

It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top.

I was tagged by the very talented Tisha at The Rice and Spice Cupboard, who writes beautifully about a range of foods from around the world.  You should definitely check out her blog– and as an added bonus, I get to tell you about five of my favorite blogs.

Here are the rules:

  1. Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community.
  2. Each award should have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone, and a link to the blog which bestowed it upon them.
  3. The award-winner and the one who has given the prize should include a link to the Arte y Pico blog (English translation here), so everyone will know the origin of this award.

The lucky winners:

1. We Are Never Full, where Amy and Jonathan use gorgeous photography to illustrate cooking techniques and amazing food porn.  The recipes are easy to follow and use lots of fresh ingredients, and they have a great sense of humor.

2. Fresh Mouth chronicles the adventures of a family of five who decided to eat only fresh, unprocessed food for a month– and found that it changed their lives.  Ellen writes about how she, her husband and their three young children broke the McNugget habit.  When I found this blog, I couldn’t stop talking about it– their simple, no-fuss approach to fresh food helped me to change the way I think about vegetables!

3. Mac and Cheese, where my fellow Philly food blogger Taylor reviews local restaurants and cooks amazing vegan recipes.  She’s also mastered the difficult art of food photography– I’m always hungry after reading her posts!

4. The Ethicurean (motto: Chew the Right Thing) is devoted to ethical eating.  Bonnie Powell and her co-bloggers help readers untangle the difficult questions that pop up for anyone who wants to know where their food comes from, without veering into moralism or preachiness.  It’s also a great resource for information about legislation and governmental regulations related to farming and food politics, like the Farm Bill or the Pennsylvania milk labeling debate.

5. Law for Food explores the legal issues around sustainable food, in a winningly well-written and intelligent way.

The food blogosphere has exploded in the past few years, and it’s exciting and invigorating to see so many talented people who care enough about good food to spend their free time sharing ideas and recipes with the world.  (Even Mario Batali doesn’t hate us anymore.)

Thanks, Tisha!

An Apology (With a Side of Link Salad)

Dear Readers,

Many of you have checked in to ask where I’ve been. I’m sorry for the long drought in posting; I’m afraid my offline life has gotten in the way. I’ve been swamped at work and am keeping long hours right now; combined with health issues and the total disintegration of our ISP, it’s been rough just keeping up with daily life.

Posting will be light for a while, but the Real Potato is very much alive and will be back in gear soon. Posts are in the works, on topics such as a trip to the nutritionist, homemade egg salad even a mayo-hater can love, old-fashioned food preservation techniques for a newly depressed economy, and some love for the new/old Philadelphia Brewing Co.

In the meantime, here’s a fresh, tasty bowl of link salad!

Chris Williams analyzes the UN conference on the food crisis at Socialist Worker; Sam Urquhart does the same over at MRZine.

The Independent investigates how multinational corporations are profiteering during the food crisis.

This time it’s tomatoes: Gourmet examines the latest food recall. Marion Nestle replies.

Shapely Prose has a rollicking debate about Japan’s new program to pressure and shame workers into losing weight by any means necessary.

Slow Food Nation Program Highlights


The first annual Slow Food Nation conference is coming up on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco, and I hope to be there. (Let’s hope my recent stretch of bad luck ends and I can actually manage to go!) Tentative program highlights were just published, and if this isn’t my ideal vacation, I don’t know what is. Check it out below the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

The Real Potato featured in the Waco Tribune-Herald

That’s right, my recipe for Shrimp and Tofu Stir-Fry was picked up by the Legitimate Media! Specifically, by Terri Jo Ryan of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Sweet. It’s part of an article and slideshow on culinary trends through the decades.

Here’s the article:

Dining through the decades and in the future

and here is the slide show with my recipe in it:

Food Fads and Future Trends

Registration is required, unfortunately. Click on “2000s” and you’ll see my recipe!

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Pardon the Interruption…

… or at least pardon the light volume on this blog in the past week or so.  My car is dead, my computer is dying, my Crohn’s is kicking up and I’m totally swamped with work and other writing projects.  Don’t worry, we’ll have some nice brunch reviews for you this weekend.

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Please update your feeds and bookmarks!

Hi all,

We’re moving up in the world: The Real Potato is now, officially, (  The old address ( redirects to the new one, but any RSS feeds might not.  So please, update your RSS feeds and bookmarks, lest you miss any Potato-y goodness.


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