At first I was going to title this post, “Rutabaga, It’s Not a Turnip,” a quote from Andrea Cheesman’s The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook. But it didn’t quite give the rutabaga its due. While a wonderful veggie resource, in her section on rutabagas, Andrea seemed unable to mask her lack of enthusiasm for this week’s vegetable. Thankfully, I found the Advanced Rutabaga Studies Institute, and it wasn’t a front for a viagra site, as I’d originally feared. (Sorry ARSI.)
The Rutabaga is related to the turnip. To my untrained eye, purple top turnips and rutabagas are identical twins. The word rutabaga hails from the swedish words for “thick root.”...more
I like to think I'm a good person and at least a pale shade of green. My recycling trash container is always much fuller than than the one that contains, well, trash. I buy recyled, local, organic, advocate for sustainable solutions at the architectural office I work at. I know what Cradle to Cradle is, unplug electrical things when I can and when they aren't needed....I really really try to be a good person.But my partner's daughter gave him a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas....more
Winter farmers’ markets aren’t all preserved or prepared foods. Here’s vegetable round 2 from the Fort Collins Winter Farmers’ Market, held on January 23rd. I am grateful for the veggie variety, but surprised by the lack of farmers growing fresh vegetables in greenhouses. Colorado is known for 300 days of sun. Farmers’ markets, like this one, prove there is a demand for fresh, local food in winter. Will we see more farmers building greenhouses in the near future?...more
There, I said it. I can see the disappointment on your face; the sideways smirk, a slight "tsk." And it makes me want to hide under the table and suck my thumb. There are things I think I do to help the environment and as much as I'd like to think I'm jumping on the GREEN bandwagon, I've more or less took hold - but my body is dragging along, pulled at top speed, hitting every rock and tree along the way. Therefore with this new year, I'm going to try to be, as much as I can be: Green"ish."
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
I can report after five days on the Belly Fat Cure that not eating more then 20 grams of sugar a day isn't too bad. I have already lost about 2 pounds. I have never been a big water drinker, as I really don't like the taste of it. However, on this "lifestyle change", I have to drink liquids that don't have any sugar in them, and water is high on that list....more
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