by Genevieve Mellott
From the day we’re born, we’re dependent on it: FOOD. Just like air and water, this basic necessity keeps us alive. Incredible creativity and distinction have made growing, procuring, and preparing food an art form. Some people even think of cooking as a stress reliever. (They’re obviously not thinking about the dirty dishes.)
Not to be outdone, water joined the game, but not in the strictest sense. Somewhere in brilliant human history, we used water as a launch point for coffees, teas, beers, wines, ciders, shakes, smoothies, juices, and more. But don’t get me started on kombucha. Eww.
Then there are the places we go to have other talented people prepare our food and beverages. For lack of better terminology, I’ll call these places “restaurants,” even though there is remarkable variation of format among businesses that meet our nutritive needs. No matter what you call them, they were among the hardest hit this past year and are still trying to bounce back.
For many of us, supporting restaurants has always been part of our culture, and I think we can muster the courage to eat out a few more times. What a sacrifice. Face it – food tastes better when somebody else makes it. My personal conspiracy theory is that the restaurant industry gets first dibs on all the best food, so it’s just sloppy seconds when we get to the grocery store. Again, I totally made that up. It seems plausible in my brain when I can’t find a good tomato or avocado.
Along with an homage to the food and beverage industry, this issue includes a couple of other handy food-related articles. One is for use at home or entertaining, and the other helps you get the best from dining out.
But wait! There’s more! I couldn’t have an issue with nothing else in it! Take a dive into the Carbon Valley Kids page with some local poetry. Get tips on caring for your pets into the future. Discover whether your internet is up to speed. Learn to oil responsibly. And last, but not least, hold onto hope for tomorrow because of today’s teens.
As a side note, I’ve taken to signing off my email newsletters with the wish “enjoy the read.” I think too often we blow through our days and find we have not been very “present.” I know I am guilty of it. So, when I say “enjoy the read,” what I’m really saying is take a little time to do something intentional for yourself. Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it. For now, whether baked, broiled, steamed, or fried, I hope you find this issue serves you up something meaningful.
Genevieve lives in Firestone with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. She is currently praying for a productive gardening season.