Finally -- More Direction at the USDA

S.T.O.P.—Safe Tables Our Priority extends our congratulations to Dr. Elisabeth Hagen on her nomination for the position of Undersecretary for Food Safety.  ...more

Sometimes C Work is Good Enough

My boss said that to me once.  And it really stayed with me.  We are all raised being told that you have to do your best and excel and be an A student.  Nothing I disagree with.  But then you get into the real world and realize that just isn't real life.  Sometimes, C work is good enough.  And sometimes, C work is actually really, really good. ...more

May Your Kohlrabi Always Be Sweet

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who could write clever taglines when signing their name.  Like on a birthday card, yearbook, or going-away poster secretly tacked up in a conference room for you to sign, before sending a co-worker on to bigger and better things. Two phrases, written to me, stick out.  First is “Stay Gold,” which my middle-school soccer teammate penned on my stuffed cat, a collective birthday gift made from material meant to write on (not an actual cat).  Most people wrote things like, “have a good one” or “nice getting to know you this season.”  But not Cyd.  “Stay Gold” was a reference to the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” recited by teenage heartthrob C. Thomas Howell in the movie “The Outsiders.”  Ralph Macchio (you know, the Karate Kid guy) played Johnny, who, moments before his character’s tragic demise, remembered the poem C. Thomas had read to him and told him to “Stay Gold.”  Cyd was much cooler than I was. The second phrase is “May your kohlrabi always be sweet,” written by Ivy Manning to me when signing a copy of her cookbook.  I was struck by it because I always think it’s a trick when people tell me a vegetable I haven’t tried is sweet, and because it was a cool vegetable tagline–and hey, I write about vegetables, maybe I need a cool vegetable tagline! That was six months ago. I still don’t have a cool vegetable tagline, but at least I’ve finally tried kohlrabi, ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market

365 Days to a Brand New Me! Week Two!

Best of 2009

2009 was definitely the year of the Veg & Green lifestyle.  From Ellen to Oprah, Tal Ronnen to Alicia Silverstone, Gardein to Daiya, the last year of the decade was a veritable vegan, health & eco fireworks extravaganza! So I figured I'd compile my faves of the last year in case any of you missed them so that you can enjoy them well into the new decade ; ) ...more

Considering Cabbage

Coleslaw and Cabbage Patch Kids were my only experience with cabbage as a kid.  Except I didn’t actually eat the coleslaw (or the Cabbage Patch Kids), I just pushed it around on my plate.  Unless it was on top of a barbecued pork sandwich (vinegar style, of course) from Kepleys in High Point, North Carolina, my parents’ barbecue joint of choice since it opened in the 50s.  But their slaw was chopped up so fine, if there was an offensive vegetable in there, I didn’t know it.  And I certainly didn’t know that it was made out of cabbage.   It was some mysterious vegetable named “cole.”  ...more

A Give-Away! A Hefty Ironclad Give-Away!

If all goes well, this will be the first of many give-aways. So, play nice. The folks at cookware.com will deliver this workhorse of an iron skillet directly to the winner's mailbox....more

Monday Dose of Market: Spicing it Up!

Chef Jay Strom of From Beginning to End Foods, is one of the newest vendors to begin attending the Denver Indoor Farmers’ Market.  He had an impressive variety of freshly ground gourmet spices, spice blends, dips and sauces.  This got my creative juices flowing….so many flavor combinations, so little time. ...more

365 Days to a Brand New Me! DAY 6

I Saw Brad Pitt!...more