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 […]

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 […]

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

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

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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 […]

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

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

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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 […]

Notes from A New Cook: Simple is Best

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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I’m not a foodie. At least I’ve never been one before. I was always a soda-guzzler, a nugget-snarfer, a fan of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. But then I started reading about food. Fast Food Nation, Food Politics, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the Ethicurean… What I read frightened me. It scared my pants right off (figuratively, that […]

Local Gourmet: Roasted Onions with Caprese Stuffing

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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Onions, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are among my favorite things. Roasted onions are especially delicious and, according to Beth’s harvest calender, they’re in season in my area. This dish is perfect for dressing up a salad or starting a meal. A lot of recipes call for bacon and bread crumbs, but this a lighter […]

Now, That’s What I Call Seed Saving

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today with the beginning shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. The seeds represent everything from food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato. The vault, located on a remote island […]

Magazine Review: Good’s Food Issue

Published on February 26th, 2008 | by

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Good Magazine, profiled before on Green Options, is one of my favorite magazines because it highlights good things happening in the world AND because they give 100% of subscriptions to the nonprofit of the subscribers choice that is affiliated with Good. It always has a variety of interesting articles, features a clean, modern design, and […]

In Season: Greens and Asparagus, Early-to-Mid Spring

Published on February 26th, 2008 | by

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In Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, he explains that you can often follow the ripening of a certain vegetable northward, thus eating the exact same thing, in season, for weeks. It’s nice to know this, as I can look southward in anticipation for what will be coming next month. I can also consult a […]

Are You Saying “No” to Tuna?

Published on February 22nd, 2008 | by

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Tuna has been quite the newsworthy fish lately, popping up in all kinds of reports. The New York Times ran an article last month on dangerous levels of mercury in tuna used in sushi. A recent post on Sustainablog takes a look at the safety of canned tuna as well. If you’re concerned about health […]