Green and home grown

Nancy Gould-Hilliard
Around the Island

Moonlight Madness: QFC manager Ted Saalfeld grilled and gave away 700 hotdogs last weekend, reminding us of his generous feed during last December’s storms. The madness last weekend was bowling with frozen Cornish game hens. A real cackle.

Also taking off at QFC are the trendy, reusable bags. Connie Carson tells this RUBS tale:

“Recently I noticed a woman in the QFC line had eight of the store’s oh-so-tasteful green recyclable bags. So, I bought one. Days later at Trader Joe’s, I saw the new ‘city bag.’ I bought two, and sent one to a friend on the east coast who would love the design and suggested trading RUBs east to west coast.

“She sent me a mustard-colored one with the giant food logo, a monkey with a banana, with a snap closure perfect for inserting one’s purse. So, I sent QFC’s and TJ’s original plumeria flower classic to my friend. I then realized I had a fab oil cloth bag from Fortnum and Mason in London, and a Dean and Deluca bag from a trip to D.C.

“This week I discovered Finder’s has the old-fashioned string bags that everyone uses in Europe, especially good for farmer’s market visits. I also found that Bartell’s plastic bags are “degradable,” breaking down in 12 to 24 months.”

Who says recycling can’t be fun and fashionable?

Speaking of Green: Island Vision, an action group for ecological living, has called a community meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. at the library. The idea is to initiate an Island Farmers’ Market for locally grown, fresh and organic produce. To help nurture the plan, contact Callie Ridolfi or Peter Donaldson.

Home-grown authors: A tribute last month on the easel in front of Island Books reminded me of our roots. It honored the late Elinor Bancroft MacDonald, one of the store’s founders in 1977, Island resident of 56 years. Thanks to MacDonald’s consummate love of books and infectious pairing of them with Mercer Islanders for decades, our love for literature thrives.

Kurt Dammeier enters the ring, sharing 125 recipes from culinary adventures with his businesses, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Pasta & Company, and Bennett’s Bistro in a just-published book: “Pure Flavor” available at Island Books, QFC and his restaurant.

Kurt’s enterprises, Bennett’s and Beecher’s, are named after two of his sons. Third son, Liam, perhaps could inspire another? One particular menu item at Bennett’s is “Mercer Island coffee,” a heady and rich mixture of Bailey’s Cr

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