If you couldn’t join us yesterday for Food Sunday, here’s what you missed.

Jill Richardson gave us a very helpful overview of the food safety bill making its way through Congress:

As of now, the House passed a food safety bill (H.R. 2749 – The Food Safety Enhancement Act) and the Senate just passed a food safety bill out of committee (S. 510 – The Food Safety Modernization Act). The final Senate vote will be the next step towards badly needed food safety reform. Here’s what you need to know about food safety in America & about these bills specifically.

Jessica Glasscoe brought us a lovely birthday breakfast, pecan rolls:

pecan rolls

It was my birthday weekend, and not surprisingly, everything I’ve planned revolves around food. It’s supposed to be rainy and dreary, which means baking. And last week I was gone for a long and tiring week volunteering in New Orleans, so this weekend I’m all about relaxation, sweatpants and movies. I also had the flu at the beginning of the week.

So I’ve earned the right to a little bit of pampering, and apparently gluttony as well. I’m usually so sensible, but apparently this trait does not apply to yours truly when presented with a big steamy plate of warm, soft cinnamon pecan buns.

Toby Wollin provided the main course, a winter picnic:

coleslaw

Now, there are many things that do not translate to ‘picnic’ at this time of the year because you just can’t get them – like locally grown tomatoes if you don’t live in warm areas. But, in our part of the world, there are things that are available, cheap, good – and we had not been eating them for several months so they seemed fun and unique and fresh.

So, if you are completely sodden with turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin everything, etc. etc., here is something cheap and fun. The décor is up to you; truckload of sand, beach balls, and blanket optional.

And alanaclaire added a bit of an appetizer, celeriac soup:

rolls

I’m having a bit of a love affair with celeriac.  Celeriac is so ugly. It is warty and rough. It looks like a large turnip with a serious disease.

But it’s flavor is so delicate and refined, that it actually feels beautiful in my mouth. It feels earthy and designer and French.

It will never look as beautiful as it tastes, not whole at least, but there is something so sexy about all that loveliness under the cover of ugly.

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.