Caffeine for Kids…Say What?

Published on March 5th, 2008 | by

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Um. Look I don’t want to be an alarmist or anything. But. Um. See, I’ve got kids? And, see…they’re kind of…energetic enough? I mean really, truly. Spend five seconds in my house and you will see: they are doing just fine bouncing off the walls of their own accord. So, I’ll thank the world for […] read more

Three Easy Mashed Potato Recipes

Published on March 4th, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

Ah, comfort foods. Whether you’re snowed in with the winter blues, sick as a dog, or suffering from a sadness that only carbs can fix, comfort foods make us feel warm and relaxed. I had a painful run-in with the dentist this weekend, so not only am I craving a little comfort, but something soft […] read more

In Defense of Rachael Ray

Published on March 4th, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

If there’s a more controversial celebrity “chef” than the ubiquitous Rachael Ray, I’m not sure who it is.  With both a rabid fan following and a equally large contingent of foodies who can’t stand her gravelly voice and relentless enthusiasm, most people either love her or hate her.  She must be doing something right, though.  […] read more

Picking Fruit

Published on March 3rd, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

Sometimes you just can’t find an organic peach. Of course, most grocery stores and markets continue to expand their local and organic produce sections, but we have all faced a produce aisle, dinner party recipes in hand, without a nontoxic eggplant in sight. Should we just go conventional or try to find an organic replacement? […] read more

Se-se-se-Salba!

Published on March 2nd, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

You remember those ads. Clay lamb and dog statues sprouting thickets of green blades, punctuated by an 800-number and a 2-for-1 offer. Last year, I was visiting Mexico with my father and some of his colleagues. One day, we went out for lunch at this gorgeous restaurant called Los Danzantes in Coyoacan – Frida Kahlo’s […] read more

Urban Agriculturalist: ecoCity Farming

Published on March 1st, 2008 | by

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Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Struck by the high carbon cost of sending food to dense urban areas and communities in extreme climates, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson devised a highly efficient, waste-free aquaponic growing system in which vegetable crops and […] read more

Pollen: The Bee’s Knees?

Published on February 29th, 2008 | by

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For months, I passed by the beekeeper’s table at my local farmer’s market on Front Street in Toronto. Perhaps it was his proximity to the old guy who croaks Bob Dylan songs from his stackable chair or perhaps it was my fear that the lettuce guy was out of organic arugula that propelled me faster […] read more

Urban Agriculturalist: Fruit Tree Harvesting

Published on February 29th, 2008 | by

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Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Los Angeles has a dearth of publicly owned fruit trees, but who owns the fruit they produce? The three activists behind Fallen Fruit dare to ask, “Is this my banana?” By their estimate, 22 different crops […] read more

Don’t Fear the Brussel Sprout: An Easy Side Dish Recipe

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

I’m not exactly sure why, but brussel sprouts somehow earned the reputation of the vegetable most feared by children everywhere. Threats of cleaning your plate before dessert have done a disservice to one of my favorite vegetables. Another problem, alluded to in a comment in Ali’s post yesterday is that many people don’t quite know […] read more

A Downer Question: Should Food Safety and Livestock Welfare Be Separate Issues?

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

9 years ago by

If you’ve been paying attention to food news over the past month, you have surely heard of the downer cow debacle between the Humane Society and the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. In shocking, secret footage recorded by Humane Society activists at the Chino, California livestock farm, handlers are shown using electric prods, high-pressure hoses and forklifts […] read more