Lunar New Year is almost upon us. The official "new year" to many of our Asian and Asian-American friends.
With bad news about some favorite farmers/producers struggling (see Estabrook on Niman Ranch and Australus Barramundi), I thought it might be a good time to talk about supporting those who give us good clean food, grown and produced in responsible ways.
Why not create a Lunar New Year menu that says not only "Happy New Year" but also shows our support for these family farms, small producers, fishermen and artisans?
Some ideas: (links are to direct sites or to articles about them with embedded links to sites...)
- Fish from Australis Barramundi or from Gulkana Seafoods Direct. For other sustainable fish recipes and buying tips, see the Teach a Man to Fish round up here.
- Whole fish is a popular dish for new years. The head to tail shows full life, beginning to end.
- Rice from Koda Family Farms. This family's farm and business demonstrate the pain and success of immigrant America. Even if you don't care about that, they grow heirloom varietal rice in environmentally sound ways. And if that still doesn't get you, how about the fact that the rice is just wonderful to cook and to eat? They also have some new rice and grain blends. Please check them out - you won't be disappointed!
- Stone Crab are in season and this family business ships some of the best. Stone crab is a best choice on the seafood watch lists.
- Diamond Organics or local CSAs for your fruits and vegetables.
- If you want to try biodynamic wines or read more about New Year's Traditions click on either of these for more information.
- If you are curious about pairing Asian foods with wine, see Red Cook here for an excellent series on the topic.
While we're talking about special menus - everyone gearing up for Superbowl parties should check out Wild Idea Buffalo for their ribs. Unbelievably tender and delicious. Of course, BBQ sauce is red, making them a perfect color for auspicious eating. So add them to your Lunar New Year menu, too!
- For more Lunar New Year recipes see Jaden's Steamy Kitchen Party like its 4706!
- For Chinese recipes galore, including hot pot and wine pairings check out The Red Cook.
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!
Gung Hei Fat Choy!