I just realized today is the first anniversary for my blog. Culinaria Eugenius is One! It’s rather not fitting that the traditional first-year anniversary present is paper, but I can at least generate some non-paper writing for you, via links. Here’s what I was writing about a year ago:
- Gyro-stuffed mushrooms;
- Not one but two complaints about the Register-Guard, the first about veggie trays and the second featuring a recipe for dead grandmother chocolate chip cookies;
- Korean bulgogi;
- My very Midwestern chili in the Pacific Northwest snow;
- One of my most popular recipes (well, a reprint of a standard), the French 75 cocktail; and
- Cheers and a complaint about a misplaced apostrophe in the Oregon Bartenders Guild.
So basically, things haven’t changed much. I still complain.
I have changed, though. I started this blog after spending the fall quarter back at my school in Orange County, CA, teaching a food politics writing class. I passed the Harris cattle ranch south of LA on I-5, as I had many times in the past, but this time, knowing what I had just learned and taught, it disgusted me so much that it changed my meat-eating habits forever.
Since I’m so cheap, I had always looked for the lowest low-priced meat at the cheapest supermarket I could find. I didn’t think much about what the conditions were for raising the cows and chickens. After teaching a composition class with a food politics theme, and seeing those crowded, muddy cows at Harris, and knowing that Harris is actually one of the better outfits for that type of cattle ranching, I changed my mind. The rest is history.
I’ve been working on a post that tracks some of the changes we’ve made over the year. I’ll be posting that soon.