They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For me, it’s the trickiest. So when I had the opportunity to review a new line of snacks from a company named Gravelnuts, I snagged it. A couple of weeks later, a lovely bag of samples arrived at my door.
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I tossed out a bag of mushy strawberries this evening, damn! Did you know that the average American wastes 40% of the food they purchase? I haven’t measured my own waste, but 40% doesn’t seem unrealistic. And that’s sad. What’s worse? Much of that wasted food ends up in landfills where it breaks down and forms methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Want to know if that salad is organic? Turns out, there’s an app for that!
This month, PBS KIDS® and Whole Foods Market® announced a campaign and set of online resources dedicated to helping families learn to explore organic foods: Fantastic Organic. The Fantastic Organic web site hosts healthy recipes, videos, and information resources. Want to learn how to read an organic food label or find a local farmers market? Looking […]
My family adores pasta. And because many pasta recipes come together quickly, we eat more than our share. One of our favorite pasta dishes is one I adapted from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Orecchiete with Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of checking out the ultra sustainable Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County, CA. With so many fabulous wineries to choose from you might wonder if its worth the stop. I would say, absolutely. But, the most impressive thing about the Francis Ford Coppola winery is that it is a […]
A little less than three months: That’s how long you have to figure out how you will celebrate and support Food Day on October 24, 2012!
There are 3 quick steps you need to take today to STOP MONSANTO.
I’m growing my own mushrooms. Shocked? I was too as I watched a brown cardboard box with a plastic bag of “something” become host to a crop of fresh fungus in less than a week. I ordered my “grow your own mushroom garden” from Back To The Roots, a California company that sells small mushroom gardens-to-be in boxes filled with recycled coffee grounds.
If you’re into growing, cooking, and eating, you probably know about the Slow Food movement. But you may not be familiar with its founder, Carlo Petrini, and his brilliant writing. I’m reading Terra Madre. And simply put, Signor Petrini inspires me. I thought a few of his quotes might connect with you as well.
In Texas, the basil is rockin’. I’ve nurtured three plants this spring, and they are happy indeed, but I know as the summer heats up, their tender leaves will suffer. So I’m doing my best to enjoy as much of their bounty as I can now and preserve like a pioneer woman for colder times. If you love basil, I hope you’ll enjoy my quick tips for growing, using, and preserving this wonderfully spicy-yet-sweet herb.
Growing up, my family ate at the kitchen table most nights. We kids set and cleared the placemats, dishes, and silverware. Mom served food on platters and in large bowls with utensils that matched our cutlery. We set out homemade cloth napkins tucked into lovely napkin rings. Wonderfully, every meal was relatively balanced.
We know we should eat reasonably-sized portions, so why don’t we? Matt Wallaert, a scientist and behavioral psychologist who studies why we make the food choices we do, shared some valuable tidbits recently when he was interviewed by NPR’s Renee Montagne.