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 Friendship Salad: Tossing 3 gardens' provenance into one bowl

Friendship Salad: Tossing 3 gardens' provenance into one bowl

Three friends meet for lunch in springtime, each bringing fresh bits from small, urban gardens. A little slicing and voila - a Friendship Salad, or a Three Friends Stir Fry. Lucky me - I'm one of these three friends. Try this way of getting together this spring and let me know if you like it as much as we do.

Enjoy two fine events this weekend:

 Note the sly headband!!!

Note the sly headband!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011: The May's Lick Asparagus Festival (map). This Festival holds a special place in Savoring Kentucky's esteem because it is real. Local people make the good, inventive food. Local flowers fill all the gathering spaces. The contrast could hardly be greater with some Kentucky food festivals that feature carnival-style food trucks serving Food From Nowhere nicely fried in Ancient Grease. Asparagus is everywhere at the May's Lick Festival, in the ice cream, in the art show, in grinning people's ears...no, make that on their heads. (Hat tip Jennifer Gleason, of Sunflower Sundries, one of the stalwart organizers of this wonderful event.)

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2011: The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, with Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to animals on the run and animal fibers on the loom, this event features cooking demonstrations and cooking contests, some featuring Sullivan University culinary students. This is the year Savoring Kentucky goes to this fine-sounding festival for the first time. (Hat tip Diane at Sheep Dreams.)

Trends, just so you will know:

From the Green Bay Press Gazette: A grocery in Green Bay, Wisconsin offers in-store dietitians to serve shoppers.

From the Wall Street Journal: Foraging keeps growing. Savoring Kentucky considers foraging part of Kentucky's amazing food heritage. We featured a fine forager five years ago, in one of this blog's first posts. The rest of the world is catching up.

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