Chill out with a cool green drink -- that has an eco-ethical mission too!

I hear it's gotten cold in some parts of the country, but we had a perfect summer day in Los Angeles today. So for those who live in similar weather -- or who just love chilled drinks whatever the temperature is outside, here are my top 3 recommended eco-ethical drinks to quench your thirst while supporting a good cause: ...more

Sharing local foods with the wider community

As October comes to a close, the Eat Local Challenge is thinking bigger and looking for ways to spread locavorism beyond our home kitchens. Week Four (October 24 - 31): Taking it to the Community Week four will focus on eating locally within our communities. We can host potlucks and eat local parties, we can check in with our schools to hear whether they are supporting local farmers with their buying decisions. ...more

There are some great ideas here. I attended a slow food feast last weekend that benefited a ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Weird Fall Vegetables

Here I thought vegetables would start to get boring with shorter days and cold weather.  Nope.  Totally wrong.   Don't ask me what to do with any of these because I have no idea, though a few of them I have noticed in the fall recipe section of Ivy Manning's Farm to Table Cookbook.  I'll  do some perusing this week, then see if any of them come back  to market next week.  Market visited this week = Portland Saturday Market at Portland State University. Exhibit A: Romanesco...more

The full Banquet at Vita's

The full Banquet [ Vita's Healthy Banquet] -  vitalingus - @ 01:04:pm ...more

Farmers Markets Offerings: Local, Organic, Seasonal, in Plastic?

What's more ironic than local, organic, seasonal food encased in plastic? That's what I wondered back in 2007 when I first started my quest to eliminate unnecessary plastic from my life. A trip to my local farmers market revealed more than just fruits and vegetables. Have a look at a few photos I shot: ...more

@prophetlady  Thanks for your comment.  It's frustrating to bring my own container ...more

Involving your families in the Eat Local Challenge

This week, the Eat Local Challenge asks participants to look at how to expand the challenge to families....more

Roma Tomatoes. Yes I Can, Can!

Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” and a major inspiration for this blog among other accolades, has been prolific of late.  In one New York Times Opinion piece, he wondered….is home cooking is dead?  Are we content to watch cooking on TV, then go out to dinner to eat the spoils? Many of us have been raised by a generation of parents who were bombarded with food industry propaganda touting the qualities of convenience food, and convincing them they were bad parents if they didn’t serve it to their kids.  Food preparation knowledge, formerly handed down from generation to generation, evaporated into the atmosphere like the carbon emissions from our wood-paneled station wagons. ...more

Can trustworthy ground beef compete in the market?

This is a post that’s been begging to be written ever since the NY Times article came out.  In fact, I could write several posts, but I’ll restrain myself....more

Tongue of Fire Beans. And a Tongue of Fire for the People Who Decided How to Name Beans.

I have a bone to pick with the Bean People.  Dear Bean People: I am writing to express my extreme frustration with the naming of beans.  Was it really a good idea to call something a bean, and then when it grows to maturity, also call the seeds that grow inside the bean, beans?  Why reserve “pod” only for peas when “pod” seems to apply so well here.  And who came up with calling what should be called a pod, a shell?   Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines shell as “the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous.”  So perhaps you can see why someone like me might think that removing the skin from the beans inside the bean is what it means to shell a bean, instead of just simply removing the pod.  In my opinion, a pod is most definitely not a “shell”.  If you would like more people to eat beans, I think it is time to reconsider the naming of beans. Sincerely, The Veggie Ignoramus...more

Learning Where My Food Comes From: A Field Trip to Straus Dairy Farm

After reading Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma and seeing the film, Food Inc., I added "Visit farms and ranches where my food comes from" to my ongoing, never-ending "To Do" list. And the task sat there. And sat there. Until a couple of incidents spurred me to get serious. First, reading about the very sad fate of male chicks to which I have been inadvertently contributing even though I buy Certified Humane eggs and second, seeing how much fun Colin Beavan had visiting a local farm in the film No Impact Man. How many of us really understand how our food is produced? Labels on meat and dairy products are full of pictures of happy animals in beautiful rustic settings with plenty of space to roam and be free. But is that the truth? And how can we make decisions about what food products are healthy, sustainable, and in line with our values if we don't have complete information and may not even know what our values are?...more

@ClizBiz  Make the switch!  Go you!  Okay, enough with the cheering.  It ...more