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Robin Horn blogs at Seasonal Eating.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series highlighting bloggers from the Sentinel's Santa Cruz Community Media Lab. Each profile about an area blogger is written by another blogger. To connect with the Santa Cruz CML, or for more information about the project, please visit www.santacruzsentinel.com/communitymedialab.

Sometimes it takes a challenge to bring a latent passion to life. Such was the case for Robin Horn, a Felton-based food writer whose blog, Seasonal Eating, features recipes inspired by fresh, local fare. Horn has always loved to cook, and her degree in environmental studies fostered her love of the land. But the blog idea came later.

She'd been collecting recipes for years and reworking them into healthier versions, which she intended to eventually record. When she joined Live Earth Farms' CSA, the urgent need for an organized list of recipes to use for the plethora of veggies she received each week quickly reinvigorated her plan.

She connected her interest in writing with her love of the seasonal cooking and Seasonal Eating was born.

Eighteen months and dozens of recipes later, her readers remain steadfastly inspired by both her creativity and her knowledge of local, seasonal cuisine.


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Seasonal Eating is mostly but not strictly vegetable focused. In fact, recipe ingredients are not in any way restrictive, really. Robin's goal is to encourage her readers to experiment using her ideas as a guideline, with the ingredients they have available. Her recipes and cooking tips are more approachable than gourmet, making it easy for readers to try cooking, sometimes for the first time ever. Click on the "Recipes by Type" or "Recipes by Ingredient" tabs on the Seasonal Eating homepage to see some examples.

What Horn does care about is resource conservation. Seasonal Eating offers information about sustainable options for foods we otherwise wouldn't think twice about buying. Horn often references the Monterey Aquarium's Seafood Watch List in her work as a way to raise awareness of the consequences inherent in many of our food choices. She also bases recipes on energy efficient cooking options, like food dehydrating or dual-purpose baking. She seldom turns on the oven for only one dish, and if she can heat her home in the process, all the better.

In response to my questions about favorites: seasons, foods and recipes, Robin, a true foodie, was hard pressed to answer. Each season offers a different opportunity to enjoy a new culinary experience, and perhaps the impermanence makes the taste that much sweeter. She did offer a few signature dishes she tends to return to again and again, such as her Baked Cabbage and rustic applesauce.

The mission for Seasonal Eating was much more precise. In addition to keeping readers inspired to try local seasonal recipes of their own, Robin hopes to encourage them to start creating their own stories of local foods, gleaned from their travels or remembered from their past, and to start sharing those with family and friends. She invites readers to become a part of the Seasonal Eating community by sharing their comments, recipes and stories at seasonaleating.net.

Elizabeth Borrelli is the blogger behind Sustainable Santa Cruz at www.sustainsblesantacruz.org, your online community connection for greener living.

Name: Robin Horn
Where they're from in Santa Cruz County: Felton
Blog name: Seasonal Eating
Blog topic: Seasonal Eating
Years/months blogging: 18 months


Seasonal Eating

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About Seasonal Eating: Seasonal Eating is about preparing and eating local foods in season, sustainable food sources, healthy but delicious recipes, improvising with seasonal ingredients, and what to do with odd local vegetables. It's to help CSA shareholders, gardeners, farmers market shoppers, and anyone who want to eat local foods for health and environmental reasons. There is also information about sustainable fish, preserving produce by canning, drying, and freezing, GMOs, tips on ways to lower one's carbon footprint in the kitchen, and this year I'll be adding posts on DIY gardening.