Random stuff

First, Mel and family over at Elsmo Four have finished their month of vegetarianism (fueled, in part, by my Vegetarian Recipes for a Month).  Her wrap-up is here.

Great news for Michigan bakers!  Almost all the flour at the Ann Arbor Food Co-op is now grown and ground in Michigan! Currently, the only exceptions are plain white all-purpose flour and high-gluten white flour – but all the “interesting” flours come from Ferris Family Organic Farm near Eaton Rapids.

And, according to the bulk buyer at the co-op, Michigan sugar will not be GMO next year.  Apparently there was enough of an uproar from the general public that the sugar beet commission has rescinded its mandate that all commercial growers use GMO sugar beets.  I’d like more details on what this means – if it will really not be genetically modified, or if farmers have the choice of GMO or not, but what comes through the elevator will be a mix.  But it’s a big step in the right direction, and it’s a result of letters and citizen demand.

And finally, I have a common-sense answer to the question “Why do people always buy milk, bread, and eggs just before a storm?” No, they aren’t making French toast – these are foods that most people use up quickly, and don’t store well.  So if you’re looking at not being able to get to the store for 2-3 days, there’s a very good chance you will run out.  And besides; a PB&J and a glass of milk is a nice no-cook meal when you’re snowed in at home.

I was at Meijer last night, and it was quite shocking to see the empty shelves.  The produce section was literally bare over about 60% of its area.  What were we stocking up on before the storm?  Bread, raisins, raisin bread, and water softener salt.  All the actual essentials – heat, water, easy-cook food, back up cooking surfaces – are always ready at home now, so the sum total of my “preparing” for the storm was:

  1. charge the battery lanterns and the gizmo that will charge phones and run the fireplace fan
  2. put three 1.5 gallon buckets of water outside to freeze, to use in the fridge whether or not the power goes out
  3. clean out fuzzy things from the fridge
  4. wash dishes
  5. put a yardstick in the existing snow so we can see how much more we get
  6. make pecan waffles, cuz yum

Things I didn’t do:

  1. panic
  2. stress out
  3. wonder where we’ll stay if the power goes out
  4. wonder what we’ll eat or how we’ll cook it

I like this!  Now I can be my usual weather-geek self without worrying about the potential scary downsides of the storm.




  1. shortystylee said,

    February 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m not too worried about it. My office (in Ann Arbor) will call off work if Ann Arbor Schools has a snow day… and one of my coworkers bet the office that since he thinks we won’t get as much snow as they predict, if we get more than 6″ he is buying lunch for everyone tomorrow… win-win situation for me really 🙂


  2. Lisa Bashert said,

    February 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

    By the way, the Ypsi Food Co-op carries a bunch of varieties of West Wind Mill flours (from Linden MI, south of Flint) both bagged and in bulk. Most of the River Street Bakery bread & sweets are made with West Wind flour.

  3. Lisa Bashert said,

    February 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

    (And the River Street Bakery is solar powered, in case you didn’t know, so not only is it local, but it’s free of greenhouse gas emissions, too.)

    • Emily said,

      February 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

      That is AMAZING! I think I just acquired a new favorite bread. 🙂

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