Have a Greener Halloween

A friend was telling me the other day that she can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ people in Northern California buy for Halloween. She is from a small town in Southern California and they never bought costumes or make-up. They would just make their own from old clothes and maybe put charcoal on their faces. She has a good point. Our love affair with buying things for any occasion is out of control, and likely not just in Northern California. When looking at greener solutions to your typical Halloween Holiday, consider the basics and what you really need to have fun. ...more

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Will Eating Organic Save You Money?

These days, it seems organic products are all the rage. As a society, I think we’ve gone a little organic crazy. Not too long ago, as I was walking around Park Slope, I saw a sign that boasted (no lie) an organic dry cleaner. Now, I’m not saying that organic is a bad thing. I love the idea of buying food that’s home grown and healthy - no steroids or other additives. But, it seems like buying healthy and organic products almost always equal super pricey - and is marketed to signify a sort of “elitist” status. ...more

Save The Planet, Eat Organic

So, I was talking with a friend the other day who was appalled at the cost of organic food. With this frustration, she was having trouble remembering the reasons why she buys organic food. This frustration is completely understandable. The cost can be ridiculous and the mark-up can be outrageous. Her other concern was how organic food is out of reach for some families who just can’t afford it because they can barely pay to keep shelter over their heads. Without a doubt, this is unfair. ...more

I love the idea of people learning to grow their own food. That is such a great suggestion! ...more

Food for Thought

Since Tuesday my family and I have been on the road. Traveling with a family of five, the average road trip requires several (and I mean several) stops. A potty break here, the occasional magazine or drink there, and then of course on to the obvious meal stops. In our case, the search for food on the road is a daunting task. Inevitably, the mere mention of stopping the car, let alone for food, opens the door to our usual argument. ...more

How Much Do You Care About Buying and Eating Organic Food?

I'm not trying to be provocative with that headline, I truly am curious about how people feel about this. Let me start by confessing that buying organic foods isn't always my number one priority when I'm deciding what to cook, so don't think I'm claiming to be any kind of expert. In fact, when BlogHer Community Manager Denise asked me if I'd write about organic food for BlogHer's Every Day is Earth Day spotlight, I wasn't sure I wanted to, until I thought about what a great learning opportunity it would be for me. ...more

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Boost your Kids' Immune Systems with Organic Veggies

Back in October, I wrote an article favorably reviewing Jessica Seinfeld's new cookbook Deceptively Delicious. This is the "Results" post, so to speak. In the book, Jessica describes how to puree veggies and hide them in your kid's food. While many people criticized the book saying that she copied someone else's idea, and she gave Oprah 21 pairs of Manolos Blahniks for promoting it, I say "Who gives a shit!" It works. I found it to be brilliant and implemented her, or whoever's strategies. The only difference was that I went purely organic. ...more

Hunting for meaning

Graham’s not the only one who got gifts on Saturday. My dad showed up with the following goodies for my freezer: bass fillets, venison stewing meat, moose chops and wild boar steaks. And I couldn’t be more thrilled or more proud. I am thrilled because I love to cook and I especially love to cook with food I know is delicious, fresh and organic. I am proud because my father, an avid hunter and fisherman who has long preached the virtues of harvesting your own food, has finally found himself in vogue. Check out the rest at: www.donmillsdiva.blogspot.com ...more

Thirty years ago we ate brown rice, yogurt, and other foods that were considered weird then, ...more

Are the Big Boys Ruining the Organic Milk Industry Around The World?

This year, like the year before and the year before that,sales of organic milk in the U.S. is expected to jump 20%.So it is not surprising that there are those in the organic dairy movement that are very concerned over the "industrialization of the organic foods," and milk in particular. ...more

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