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An Invitation to a HARVEST POTLUCK

The following sentence from In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen has been stuck in my mind for days:  When given the word CHOCOLATE CAKE to respond to, 98% of the survey respondents from France said “Celebration”.  When respondents in the USA replied, 99% said “Guilt.”

I do love FOOD, and nothing says loving to me more than someone else taking the time to prepare food from scratch for me to eat.   I used to love dressing up for Halloween and going through my childhood neighborhood, because folks had made caramel apples, cupcakes, cookies, popcorn balls, doughnuts and spider guts candies….oh! and the fresh made apple cider.

My Father and Mrs. Williams both had cameras and they would take pictures of our homemade costumes and then their treat was having the pictures developed and giving you a copy.

I love how all the flavors just move across the tongue as you take in and chew the food. I love watching the hands washing and slicing the ingredients.  The heavenly smells, as the lid comes off and the spoon is submerged for the stir, are on instant replay in my head.

Harvest on the farm meant hours of cooking energy-saturated, fresh foods and keeping everyone appreciated for their hard efforts.

Church suppers were a competitive feast of the best recipes to show off one’s good works to the Lord….and your community as was the County Fair.

American’s endure food as a whole.  I believe they wish to make it just efficient FUEL.  A potluck currently is just a dish from the deli or a big box store – sometimes transferred to your own dish or plate.  The door to door treats now come in bulk and are individually wrapped.  Two of my young neighbors are diabetic so I brought them something back from my travels instead of candy.

American’s are always looking for the new and improved, the rearranged and the processed with additives to make it more nutritious and satisfying.  Some want everyone on the Globe to eat this way, because this kind of eating makes a few people incredibly wealthy and satisfies the brain with perfect formulas.

In search of the perfect – designer food?

Well Vered just made me homesick for real food….real love…..real beauty…..real satiety and joy.  Look here: Pumpkin Cupcakes

I want more and more of this – I am inviting you to an online POTLUCK of HARVEST FOODS.   Not just any old food – but food that you absolutely love – that melts in your mouth, that was made out of real food and that makes you feel satisfied and nourished.

The Potluck is on line on November 1, 2009 and it is to celebrate love of food and harvest. How to participate:

Think of a food you love and that satisfies you.

If you make this food, post the recipe and a picture.

If someone makes this food for you, please ask for the recipe and a picture – and permission (in writing) to write about this food and use the picture.  Be sure to give the cookbook proper credit and due….and the author – we don’t want this to become bogged down in legal problems!

Write a few words about how your love of this food fills your need and fuels your love.

I will post as many links as I am able to your recipes on November 1 on Patricia’s Wisdom.

Send 2 emails to Workshops@patriciaswisdom.com

  1. That you wish to participate in the Online Potluck and the fundraiser;
  2. Include a link to your post and picture by Nov 1 and attach a copy of your post and picture. Please feel free to use a previous post and picture as a submission if you do not wish to post on November 1, the POTLUCK date.

My goal:
To reconnect with my LOVE of food and to feel satisfied

To do something for someone else to bring back the LOVE to food

To learn how to write an e-book and to sell it….for a small price (thinking $5) as a fundraiser to get food and medical supplies to children who really need some loving food in the New Year.  I have not gotten confirmations from UNICEF or Doctors without Borders, but I will share with you what I am thinking and then let you know any decision in another post.

To all my non-USA readers:  I truly believe sending a recipe and participating in this potluck will help those folks in the USA reconnect to real food and serve as a reminder to what they are missing – for some squishing the anger or hate!

Please feel free to pass on this invitation.

Thank you.

19 Responses to “An Invitation to a HARVEST POTLUCK”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – What a lovely idea! Now what to decide? Perhaps it will be scallops in jade sauce – the first meal Pete cooked for me? We’ve already blogged about that. Or I could share the pork rub recipe he used for the short ribs we had from our piggy over the weekend? We’ve just blogged about our newest experience as locavores. Or maybe my cream cheese sugar cookies? I’d have to make some to get a photo. Would that be so bad? 😀
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..LOCAVORES, MORE AND MORE =-.

  2. Robin Says:

    Hi Patricia – this sounds great! I’m sure I’ll be able to think of something by November 1st – I cook most of our food, but I wouldn’t say my dishes had anything as glorious as a recipe. Mum and I often have lightly cooked fresh salmon with asparagus or some other greens – but that’s pretty common. hmmm – thinking, thinking
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Keeping Body And Soul Together =-.

  3. Julie Says:

    This is a wonderful idea, Patricia!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Simply Divine =-.

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I love this idea! I will email you shortly with one of my existing food-posts (probably the pita bread recipe). Thank you for the link, too!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..A Beautiful Winter Poem, and a Rant on SEO =-.

  5. Talon Says:

    Nice idea, Patricia. It will be wonderful to see what people share!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Just outside of town… =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    This idea just felt like the right and fun thing to do….and a good learning experience to keep me going.
    I do not know where the picture and color went for this invitation – so I guess I will learn some more new things today!
    Can’t wait to see what you choice to share….

    Oh my simple foods are good…and recipe free! that is a challenge – thank you for thinking about this idea.

    I thought it was a good way to channel my love of food right now…and give some of the love away!

    great – I am looking forward to your sharing and pictures….Would your kids like to make something too? and submit?

    It will be fun to see what folks share….I am so excited.

    I am leaning towards UNICEF as the recipient because I always had my donation box with me when I went Trick or treating and UNICEF children’s fund 100% goes to the children…overhead is paid for by other funds….
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Invitation to a HARVEST POTLUCK =-.

  7. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. This is a great idea. I’ve got a couple of dishes I’ve been meaning to make. If I get around to it before the 1st I will share it with you. Either gluten-free bread (made in a bread machine), or some mushroom soup.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..10. A Thyme You May Embrace =-.

  8. Mama Zen Says:

    What a cool idea!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..With A Little Help From My Friends =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Davina – Great news…and I hope you find time and the email I sent to you saying “HELP”

    Mama Zen,
    I am still a trick or treating with my little UNICEF box! Hope you will send something in…
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Invitation to a HARVEST POTLUCK =-.

  10. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    It isn’t like it used to be on Halloween, is it? No more homemade goodies to pass out to the kids. It’s sad it’s come to that, although if I had young ones, I’d feel the same way (accepting unsealed food from strangers).

    I love this idea of yours. I hope to participate. I have a killer carrot cake recipe I make at Christmas time. Maybe I’ll whip one up earlier this year so I can take pictures and share them with you for your Harvest Potluck.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what others share. Yum!

  11. Patricia Says:

    Hope you will whip up that carrot cake and maybe have a friend submit a favorite recipe and picture too? I think I will need about 100 recipes to make it worth while for people to purchase and download the book? and hopefully to make a donation to UNICEF.

    My book group is going to participate but they will not comment on the blog….I am trying to send it out on email too….hope folks will pass it on…

    Thank you for coming on by :)

  12. Tracy Says:

    Patricia, this is awesome! I would love to submit one of my mom’s Korean recipes from my blog – it is the food I grew up with and makes me feel happy and loved.

    I will email you later!

  13. Patricia Says:

    Thank you so much Tracy for your enthusiasm and submission…my youngest daughter is Korean heritage and I bought her a cookbook when I was in Korea but we can not make any of these recipes translate into something yummy to eat. She does make a nice vegetable, sweet potato noodle dish that her friend’s mother taught her to make.

    This is such fun!

  14. BunnygotBlog Says:

    Count me in. I will get some ready for you.
    This is a wonderful idea.

  15. Patricia Says:

    I have been counting you in from the start…I ordered the book you suggested – looks very good…I think this is a yummy idea…

    but I had to have Jannie Funster ignite the creative possibilities!

  16. Jannie Funster Says:

    What a super-great idea!

    I will think about my favorite recipe, or one of them!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Rose DesRochers: Just how Great IS She? =-.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Great -submit 2 if you wish! and how about your cutie pie sharing one too?
    Published at 7 and helping other kids get enough food?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review: Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER Series =-.

  18. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. what a great idea .. mine will be Cornish pasties .. as I love them – I have a post with a recipe in .. and a picture .. and I’m going to make them for a friend on the 4th .. as she loved them the time before and always mentions them.

    I do love these ideas of putting together really interesting ebooks as fundraisers .. so many opportunities for all of us – for our various favourite charities.

    Your doctors without borders .. are so brilliant .. thank you
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Provender Hedgerows with Autumn Colours =-.

  19. Patricia Says:

    Oh I have been looking for a Cornish Pasties recipe since I came back from Wales…they were my favorite fast food. This is proving to be a really fun way to learn how to do e-books…I am using Marelisa’s ebook on how to write an e-book too…
    Thanks for your proposal, looking forward to it..
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review: Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER Series =-.