Month: March 2011

While you were sleeping

If you’ve met any big-talkin’ Texans who boast about their brisket, you’ve shared in the reality of passionate smokers of Texas beef. As the process demands, work begins long before you savor a slice of the barbecue. My Austin neighbor has dedicated years of practice to perfect his brisket, and last weekend, he and his brisket-smoking teammate tested their brisket in preparation for their …

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Leafy Green Itinerant Tales

In a recent article in The New York Times, Patricia Leigh Brown takes us into a classroom and onto the farm fields in Salinas, California. The scenes in the article appear familiar as a decade ago, I worked in Seaside, over the hills and around the corner from Salinas. From picking leafy greens to plump strawberries, itinerant farmworkers labor long hours. …

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