Food for Thought: Food-Borne Illnesses, Contaminants & Recalls

Gambling at the Grocery Store As I sit down to write this post, I have just returned from doing our weekly grocery shopping at Super Target...more

Families Slaughter a Backyard Chicken for Education and Subsistence

Some may find pictures in this post graphic. Sometimes you have one idea in mind and the day takes a totally different direction. Sunday was such a day for our family in central Ohio....more

To Vegan or Not To Vegan To build off of my last post, featuring a friend and fellow blogger that completed a 30-day vegan cleanse, I wanted to talk more about the vegan part of the equation.I thought it was super timely that Oprah hosted a show focused on veganism and offered a week-long vegan challenge to her staff. One of her guests was Kathy Freston, known as The Veganist....more

a chili by any other name…

Today (February 1st) marks the first anniversary of the first andthenmakesoup post. I’m amazed at how quickly the year passed, and that I have yet to make a dent in my recipe files!A big thank you to all my friends (including those I’ve yet to meet in person) for support, comments, on and offline feedback, and especially for putting up with me saying “Wait, wait, don't eat it yet, I have to take a picture of it first!!” I appreciate all of you....more

Charcutepalooza: Meat the Community

Two bloggers, Cathy Barrow of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen and Kim Foster of The Yummy Mummy, wanted to undertake a friendly challenge -- to tackle a different project each month from "Charcuterie" by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. Turns out, everyone else wanted to do this, too. ...more

I've got a 5# belly for pancetta and 5# of hog jowls for guanciale in the fridge right now ... ...more

Mini Guide To A Balanced Diet

What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them. Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more

Vegetarian to Carnivore


A Solstice, A Red-Eye Flight, A Vegan Eating Meat, and Emergence from Closets

Warning: Long, tangential, variegated post below. This is due to sleep deprivation from last night's red-eye flight.<...more

Stuffed Peppers

In my last blog post I mentioned that as of last week I am on a six week Fast for Orthodox Christmas - Vegan diet for six weeks. The first few days are always hard, but after the first week you begin to settle in and it gets easier. Well, that's how it has been in the past. This year after only 4 days my husband decided that he wasn't going to do the Fast. He says that it's too hard for him with his work hours (12 hours/day) and that he "messed up" three times already. Sigh. Now I'm on my own....more

In Vitro Meat: Science Fiction or Global Solution?

At first sniff, in vitro meat (IVM) might inspire the skeevies, but IVM may provide multiple solutions to a human population increasingly outgrowing (and soiling) its own planetary pants. (We need an elastic waistband version of Earth, it seems.) As Winston Churchill surmised in 1931: "Fifty years hence we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." According to Churchill, we're quite tardy. ...more