Somehow I ended up saying I would bake cookies for 200 guests at an upcoming fundraiser for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. This local oyster farm is caught up in a legal battle with the federal government over their longtime lease on what is now a park, The Pt Reyes National Seashore. When the park, one of the most beautiful places in the world, was created in the 1960's from what had been agricultural and grazing land an agreement was made to continue and support the farming presence as park feature and as part of the area's long heritage. Drakes Bay was one of those farms. Now their lease is up for renewal and the department of the interior -- based on what many say are less than scientific studies and against the advice of many environmentalists and conservationists -- has refused to renew the lease. Those of us who support local agriculture and local foods are fighting to save the farm. Not only are 100 years of oyster farming in Drakes Estero at risk but, we fear, the future of the family ranches and dairies that dot the beautiful seashore as well. It's sure to be a long legal battle, these chocolate iced peanut bars are a small start.
I'm just a self-taught home cook who likes to try new things. One day when things were a little slow and dinner looked better than usual I decided to post the results on Facebook. Then I did it again and again -- and well, here I am, another addition to the blogosphere.
James, aside from being the "luckiest man alive" ;-), is my very tolerant boyfriend of nearly 10 years. I hope you enjoy sharing his dinner.