Cooking Scallops, Ain't So Hard? Or is it?

Cooking Scallops with DeeNice A wonderful friend gave me fresh, huge, scallops a couple of days ago. I thought, Wow! this is great. But how do you cook these buggers?...more

Sweet Potato vs. Yam. Blame it on Louisiana!

My brother is hosting Thanksgiving this year.  My younger, bachelor, I don’t have a roasting pan, brother.  We’ve all flown in from other locales.  A shopping list was sent ahead of time.   Upon arrival, we double checked for missing ingredients.  He nailed it, but was worried about one thing. “Your list said sweet potatoes, but all they had were yams.” And there it is.  The question that comes up every year but never gets answered.   Is there a difference between sweet potatoes and yams?  But there was no veggie blog last year.  This year, I knew I had to get to the bottom of it. ...more

Celebrating Our 16th Anniversary of Protecting America’s Food Supply

Safe Tables Our Priority is celebrating our 16th anniversary this holiday season. We have accomplished so much in the past year, and we’re even more excited about what we plan to accomplish in the future.  Here is a sampling of what we’ve been doing this year and projects that we’ve started:...more

The Death of BPA?

MomsRising and other organizations have been working for years to keep kids safe from toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in food containers and bottles. We've generated tens of thousands of letters to Congress and state legislatures, and sent pages of petition signatures to manufacturers. We've made progress -- but we still have a ways to go!...more

Monday Dose of Market: Cornucopia of Local, Part 1

I gave myself a pep talk on the drive to Boulder.  When anticipating an event, rather than going in with low or high expectations, I try to go in with none whatsoever.  This way, rather than wallowing in disappointment or basking in glory, I can take in the event as it is in that moment. Well, that sounds good.  But really, I waffled between high and low expectations for the Cornucopia of Local Market sponsored by the  Boulder Farmers’ Market, Boulder Independent Bussiness Association, and the Boulder Outlook Hotel.  Low because it has snowed more than once this fall in Colorado which could severely curtail vegetable availability, and high, well, because it’s Boulder.   As I pulled into the parking lot of the Boulder Outlook Hotel after ignoring the directions my GPS gave me and taking a wrong turn,  my expectation meter hovered at low–until I saw the smiling faces of the market-goers carrying bags loaded for their Thanksgiving table....more

Portly Porcini

Home improvement projects get me thinking about mushrooms.  Sitting in my new living room surrounded by boxes we haven’t unpacked so we can shove them and our furniture into our bedrooms while our living room floors are refinished this weekend, I’m reminded of Richard (pronounced “Reechad.”)  ...more

Say No to Fake Plastic Wishbones & Other Thanksgiving Waste

Fake plastic wishbones? Around Thanksgiving time last year, I read a post by blogger Rejin from Urban Botany blasting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for promoting plastic Lucky Break Wishbones. She wrote: Hasn't PETA ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? They claim these wishbones and their packages are recyclable, but let's face it: 99.99% of them are going to end up in a landfill, or in the ocean, where they will probably be swallowed by sea turtles [And I would add baby albatross chicks] who will choke and die.... Animals, PETA, animals! Do you hear me? Apparently PETA did not because the organization promoted the wishbones again this year. Products like these are what blogger Linda Anderson from Citizen Green would call "stupid plastic crap." ...more

My husband son and haven't eaten meat in a while but we decided to buy free range turkeys for ...more

S.T.O.P.--An Organization Supporting Victims Suffering From Long-term Consequences of Foodborne Illness

Recent reports have highlighted what S.T.O.P. has known for a long time: that the long-term consequences of foodborne illness are under-reported, under-diagnosed and not given nearly enough public health attention.  The negative impact of this lack of attention comes in two forms.  First, proper attention and medical care is not given to people who suffer from long-term consequences, such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (paralysis), Reactive Arthritis, Irri...more

Monday Dose of Market: Snow in the Great State of Colorado

Eight inches of snow.  While perfect for my husband to lose himself in garage organization at the new house….not so good for Colorado vegetable exploration.   We did manage to get out to the home improvement store and squeeze in  a stop at a grocery store with the words “farmers’ market” in the name.  Camera in gloved hand, I was ready to snap some pictures of Colorado-grown produce, encouraged by the sign at the front of the store. ...more

Uchiki Kuri Squash. A Japanese Squash?

A long, long, time ago……squash was cultivated by the peoples living in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Like, really a long time ago.  Ten-thousand years to be not quite exact but in the ball park, according to an article in Science.  “Squash seeds, peduncles, and fruit rind fragments” were re-analyzed after being dug up in the sixties, placing the date of squash cultivation longer ago than maize and beans in the Americas. Before reading Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, I thought vegetables were vegetables (never-mind the vegetable that’s technically a fruit thing.)   I never considered there was a difference between a native vegetable and a non-native vegetable.  But really, many of the vegetables we commonly eat today wouldn’t be here unless their seeds had been carried with immigrants crossing oceans.  Maize (corn), beans and squash, are vegetables that were already here. I was humming along pretty well with this new knowledge until I saw squash advertised as Japanese squash, from Sun Gold Farm. ...more