The Prettiest Radish You've Ever Seen. The Watermelon Radish.

Flipping the channels between football games on Thanksgiving, we landed on the movie, Forrest Gump.  Forrest’s best friend Bubba was teaching him everything there is to know about the shrimpin’ business.  “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it….There’s shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger and a shrimp sandwich.” I was reminded of this scene when reading about all the ways you can eat a Watermelon Radish. ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Cornucopia of Local, Part 2.

As promised, here is Part 2 of Cornucopia of Local, a holiday market sponsored by the Boulder Farmers’ Market, the Boulder Outlook Hotel, and  the Boulder Independent Business Association held on November 21st.  In addition to the multitudes of vendors, a series of panels were held, featuring leaders of the Boulder County local food movement.  If  I could describe the folks involved in this event in one word it would be: passionate!...more

Turkey Carcass: to soup or not to soup

After the buzz of the Thanksgiving holiday dies down and you're finally finished picking the best pieces from the turkey carcass, what do you do with your bones?  If you are like most Americans, you waste the most valuable nutrients from this amazing animal. ...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

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

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

8 Quick Tips For Staying Fit During The Winter Months

If you’re like me, then getting to the gym can be a real chore. Especially now that I’m blogging, I have come up with nearly every excuse in the book to avoid the gym. “I haven’t written a blog in a couple of days, so I want to write this morning. I have no time for the gym today!” Now I’m in pretty decent shape. I won’t lie. I’ve been active my entire life, from ballet as a little girl through to late teens, and then fitness after that.  Being fit and eating healthy have always been a part of my life....more

A Visit to Blue Heron Farm, Making Delicious Goat Cheese An Hour Outside of Houston

Lisa and Christian, the owners of Blue Heron Farm, raise beautiful goats and make delicious cheese in Field Store Community, Texas. They sell their cheese at farmers markets all over the Houston area and have developed quite a following for their ultra creamy and flavorful chevre (or goat cheese). I recently took a tour of their farm. For more on this post click here....more