#sorrymichaelpollan

May 3, 2010 · 7 comments

(Note: I stole the title for this post from a twitter hashtag penned stolen from @crollwagon by my friend Cassia. Cass is a brilliant person — and I enjoy stealing from her [she, apparently, also enjoys stealing from her brilliant friends]. Thanks, gals!)

And why might I feel the need to apologize to Mr. Pollan? Because — although he’s never (as far as I know) claimed a desire to act as Moral Judge O’ The Universe in the realm of local eating, he’s sort of unwittingly become that. So, on days like today, when I am planning to make two batches of ice cream for a party we’re hosting tomorrow night for The Center‘s interns, and one of those ice creams will be Strawberry Sour Cream, I would love for my day to look like this one we spent last year (or the years before):

strawberries_pickin

…picking our strawberries from a local farm. The berries are tastier, cheaper, and our cash goes to straight to the farmers. Not a bad setup, and definitely not a bad way to spend a Monday morning.

Some days, though, it’s just not possible. So we instead get our strawberries the new-fashioned way:

strawberries_storebought

…we purchase them, two pounds for $4, at Trader Joe’s. The berries aren’t as good, they’re pricier, it’s not nearly as much fun, and we add just a smidgeon of a toenail to our carbon footprint. And I feel a wee bit bad about it.

Just not bad enough to not make the Strawberry Sour Cream ice cream.

Is 3 years of berry-picking enough penance for one year of buying them shipped from California?

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Stephanie May 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The strawberries are ready at Washington Farms. I got so excited when I saw the e-mail last week. Now I just have to find a time to go. Is the strawberry sour cream ice cream recipe from David L? I have a simple one I love from Emeril, although I swap milk and half and half for most of the heavy whipping cream he uses. Strawberry ice cream is like a little bit of heaven. Mmm.

katy May 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Yes, it’s from DL, and it’s also crazy simple — I tried it once with thawed frozen berries (leftover from the ton we picked at Washington) and it wasn’t that great — I estimated the sugar, since the berries were frozen with a little added. But I was wrong, and the ice cream was too tart.

But I just pureed the masticated fresh berries with the sour cream and heavy cream, and ooooooohhhhhh it tastes good. It’s gonna be really. Good. Ice cream.

My other flavor, I can’t wait to mix up: Honey Roquefort !!!!!

nan May 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

first kid face on your blog? it’s a pretty cute one.

katy May 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Yeah, I pondered that one. But it’s old, and cropped. And perhaps I’ll someday take it down ; )

Angie @ Just Like The Number May 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Hang in there! Strawberries will be ready at Spencer Farms in Noblesville in just a few weeks. And then I might just have to try that ice cream.

katy May 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

mmm. good to know. Maybe we can plan a pick day? And YES, you should make the ice cream. It’s DIVINE!!!!

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