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 […]

Think Spring, Think Local

Published on February 22nd, 2008 | by

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So, it poured down sleet all day today. That infernal rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow and forecast a grim six more weeks of bone chilling temperatures and “record snow events.” Three more weeks to go, Phil. Thanks, Buddy. While contemplating cooking up a vat of groundhog confit is taking it a bit too far, […]

Welcome to Our Table

Published on February 21st, 2008 | by

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Welcome to Eat. Drink. Better. Of all the current issues out there, not one is as basic or immediate as food. Historically, food has been not just nourishment but a gathering point in our lives, a time to be shared with family and friends, a cause for celebration and gratitude. Food traditions had deep ties […]