Are you looking for the 2011 seasonal food calendars? There here!
Happy New Year!
I love New Year's Day. New Year's Eve, not so much. But New Year's Day I love. Especially when it falls on a Friday. Other than the long weekend aspect, I love, love, love the food. In South Carolina we traditionally eat pork, collard greens, and peas and rice (or Hoppin' John) on New Year's Day. Like many food cultures, each of these foods symbolizes a hope for the new year—for plentiful food, money, and luck.
And as much as I love this January meal, I often feel a bit forlorn in the food department during the better part of the winter months. Like so many others, I am trying to eat more local and seasonal foods to improve my diet, contribute to my local economy, and diminish (if only slightly) my family's carbon footprint. And that's easy in June when the bright, colorful bumper crops of summer make their way to market. In January, though, it can be tough, and buying locally and seasonally seems like an option only for people with money and time to spare. But the local, seasonal movement is not new. It's actually quite old-fashioned. Until the last 50 years or so, it's how everyone ate—because it's all there was.
So in the spirit of encouraging myself to do better this year and with an eye to the bygone eras when eating this way was de rigeur, I have designed a set of monthly printable calendars full of gentle reminders, recipe suggestions, and a dash of wry commentary. And, as if that weren't enough, Heather Solos of Home-Ec 101 will be posting seasonal recipes throughout the months to help keep us all on track. She'll even have coordinating printable recipe cards available on her site. Grab the first ones here. One resolution down.
Now, onto resolution two, which is not being so hard on myself (and others). Well, here's how I'm starting that one today: I'm only posting 6 months today. Not to be coy. But because I just can't get them all finished today. And that's okay. I'll try to put the rest up within a week or so, but I'm not going to work myself into a lather over it. I am, instead, going to spend this weekend enjoying my family and taking it easy.
In the meantime, here are January through June (click on each individual image to download the PDF for each calendar—these print full-sized on an 8.5x11" sheet):
I think 2010 has the markings of great potential. Thanks for your comments and support throughout 2009 and in the year to come.
They're here! They're here! Download July through December now!