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Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck!

I am so pleased to have everyone drop by and share in this joyous “foody” occasion.  Let me take your coat and feel free to place your dish on the table.   Oh my! Does that ever smell good!?

I have been collecting blog articles that have been posted about food this autumn. I have posted a few recipes since I came up with the idea for this fund raiser and learning tool.  Just like any potluck – one needs to expect potluck.  And just like any party one must expect variations on a theme.  The theme for this potluck was LOVE Food.

I have been reading about food for months.  I am eating to heal my body.  I am studying the politics of food and am astounded by how much money is involved in the food industry.

I love to eat, slowly and carefully and enjoy the flavors of the food.  I do love food and the vast majority of what I eat, I prepare.  Much of the last 25 years, food has been how I nurtured and healed my children, a way to love and nurture myself, and fuel to keep the fires burning and keep the pace.

I do not enjoy gardening, and have been involved with gardens for most of my life.  I do love eating local and organic and knowing the “who” that produced my food. I saw my Depression Era parents gardening, putting food by; cooking together and they were a loving team in those efforts.   Because of their team effort our plates were never empty – but full of their love and concern.  This was the tradition handed down to them; it was the foundation of their generosity.

I believe because of the cycle of life and the seasons, we look at food carefully this time of year. We wish to share what we have and to warm our insides – nourish the darkness to come and sustain our time indoors – encouraging stories and friends with food offerings.

Thus I came to this fundraising EBook idea – to make sure lots of children have food and medical needs cared for through UNICEF.  I put out the invitation and have been rewarded with a feast to place into this book….

So let us now partake of the online potluck and postings…grab a plate and I hope you enjoy these food adventures ….

Some of these food posts are just posts where I paused, read and enjoyed – some are offerings to go into the EBook for UNICEF donations.

Grab a plate. You go first…

Jannie at Jannie Funster, celebrated the first storm and power outage with this great cooking feat of fun.

Davina took us on her vacation and shared her wonderful enjoyed treats and adventures on Shades of Crimson.

Even Zen Habits got into the food discussions early.

Vered of Blogger for Hire fame posted this offering early in the month and folks are reporting in on how they fared with using the recipe for events.  Rave reviews!

Julie of Random Meanderings got into the spirit of colder weather and posted this recipe to go into the EBook primarily because she wanted to share in the EBook fundraiser for UNICEF. Thank you Julie for your enthusiastic response.

Tracy gave 4 recipes for the EBook and  sent us her mother’s lovely Korean Salad and pictures of her hands showing us “how to”.

Pete and Betsy of Passing Thru went in search of their food and how to locate local CSAs, produce and benevolent meat cutters. Such good ideas about how to gather and eat locally.

Bunny Got Blog, loves Halloween and shared these gems, and sent pictures and more delights for the EBook.

Gena, of Choosing Raw, surprised me with a cooked food recipe.  This site is primarily a recipe book every post.  I have made about 15 yummy things from her offerings and not been disappointed yet.

And then I savored Gena’s post about “What Food is NOT” which fed the need for contemplation and emotional release.

There I hope you feel satisfied by the offerings and may I get you anything else? Coffee, Tea, water?

These are just the Potluck entries and there are lots of recipes and pictures for the EBook. A Number of the submissions are from people who do not have blogs…

I like the good conversation the very best, your thoughtful comments greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

I want to thank all the folks who sent in submissions, I will work as quickly as I am able to get the EBook together and available for downloads. If you are still working on a recipe to submit, please feel free to do so as I am about 8 recipes short of “great” EBook. Thank you so much.

Now that I am fueled, back to working on the EBook.

17 Responses to “Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck!”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Thank you for the link love! I can’t wait to see the e-book when it comes out!
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..INTO INVISIBILITY WITH BREATHTAKING SPEED =-.

  2. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    All of these look great. Thank you for compiling these, and for the link love!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Ten Stupid Fashion Trends =-.

  3. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Kudos to you Patricia for all the work you’re putting into this. I’m waiting to see the finished products. I’m betting it will be a blue ribbon winner.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..How Branding Works In Blogosphere =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    Your welcome….Gena has not sent permission to use any of her things so you will have to link over to read her very interesting post on What Food is NOT.

    Vered,
    Your Welcome …and this is an amazing experience

    Barbara,
    I still have several recipes and pictures coming in ground mail, and I have at least 3 more things to cook to get pictures of and my Husband’s food love recipe is totally in my head – soo I am cooking most of today.

    Betsy, Vered, Barbara and Jannie – I am proud to say that even after having a Maple Bar for Halloween and cooking up a storm, and working with all this food information – I lost .9 of a pound!!!

    I am still extremely slow, but think this is going to be a beautiful offering….and I could not even be attempting this without the loving guidance from my IT and Davina….and of course, all your good recipes and beautiful pictures…I need to send a huge thank you to you all…

    I need to give a shout out to Lance at Jungle of Life….he has been answering some very specific questions too…
    I could not even attempt this with out everyone’s assistance.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck! =-.

  5. Talon Says:

    It looks and sounds like the e-book is shaping up into a fabulous compilation! Kudos on the weight loss, Patricia. It’s sounds like the recipes will be diverse as well as delicious!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Hallowe’en… =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Today I am still cooking to get pictures! but things are coming together quite well…

    Thank you for coming by…this is just an appetizer – What a delicious project…

    And I need to thank you for your generous assistance too…

    Happy November
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck! =-.

  7. J.D. Meier Says:

    I’m with you. I love to eat, slowly, carefully and enjoy the flavors of the food. Unless it’s pizza. I just can’t eat it slowly — and I always burn the roof of my mouth :)
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Road Trip 2009 =-.

  8. Mama Zen Says:

    Wow! Lots of good links to check out!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Bobbin’ And Weavin’ =-.

  9. Julie Says:

    You’re a wonderful hostess, Patricia! Thank you for inviting us to join you. Your e-book is sure to be a treat to play with…all the yummies to enjoy! My appreciation goes out to everyone for their generosity in sharing. Thank you. :)
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..More in Love Than Usual: Celebrating Fall =-.

  10. Jannie Funster Says:

    Spidie dog, spidie dog…
    Straight from a cow, not from a hog.
    Can you munch them? Listen man,
    You can munch them from a frying pan.
    Life is a great big hang-up.
    Wherever there’s a hang-up
    You’ll find some spidie dogs.

    I owe you a Waldorf Salad picture, I’m a day late and a dollar short on that. But worry not, I shall get my grapes and nuts together for you.

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Baby’s First Halloween =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    JD
    Nice to see you back on line – maybe back from a vacation? Yep pizza is very hard to even eat with dignity – it is just so goooood!

    Mama Zen,
    Yes indeedy some fine links to check out…happy travelling

    Julie,
    Thank you, I was telling my neighbor about some of the recipes in the EBook and she was amazed and ready to pay for a copy right now….I think it is because it is “Love food”…!! I hope I can complete it fast enough…I am really to the hard part for me!

    Jannie,
    I know the picture is a comin’ and I love the spidie dog tune…oh oh it is now stuck in my head!!!

  12. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I remember seeing some of these recipes in my travels around the blogosphere and they sound and look delicious. This book is going to be a good resource for anyone who likes good food and cooking it. Thanks for the link :-)
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Changing Seasons in Gentle Stride =-.

  13. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. well done – that’s a lovely introductory story to your pot luck. I loved the words you have used and the reminders about how much fresh food, food on our tables, food to talk over, food to savour are all so important in guiding our thoughts and souls in our futures, to bring our children into, to encourage our friends and family to join with us to share life and memories as we get older ..

    I’m coming back for an instalment read – wish I could stay .. it’s where I want to be – especially as it’s wet and miserable outside, but it’s where I need to get to!

    Happy days everyone .. and happy reading ..
    well done Patricia .. lovely – Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Rough Diamonds and Baroque Pearls …. =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    You are quite welcome and I am feeling very dependent on YOU behind the scenes – thank you for all your support and caring words of encouragement – and especially all your know how!

    Hilary,
    Thank you for coming on by and enjoying the potluck…there is so much to discover here – wait until you see the EBook! I will head over and see your new post too..Thank you for the submission

  15. Mark Says:

    Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing the bounty!
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..What Is Your Purpose? =-.

  16. Jannie Funster Says:

    Shoot, I just dropped the soup tureen on the dog’s head.

    And I scorched the pumpkin muffins.

    And our home computer crashed, so I’ll be sending you one Waldorf Salad jpeg from my gmail address. But it will still say Jannie Funster as sender. And will be full of as much merriment and minstrel meanderings, as always.

    Speaking of minstreling, I now have 11 of the 12 song ideas down pat, and the last one “Will You Remember To Leave A Light On” will probably have grown men bawling. Maybe. :)

    Wish us both luck on the jpeg.

    And
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Baby’s First Halloween =-.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    How’s the dog?
    Don’t worry be happy….
    Have you seen the new saline tissues for kids and crying grown men? They are called “Boogie Wipes” I have a free sample

    We don’t need luck we have GRACE!

    I burned the top of the squash recipe but am putting it in the book anyway…

    I wish unicef would call me back..
    Picture will arrive in time I am sure and certain….

    Amazing Grace…and soup!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck! =-.