This is Gabe the newest member of the household. He is a rescue dog but he’s so nice that I might be the one being rescued. Anyway is this a form or organic happiness, serenity? Yes! … No additives, preservatives, carbon footprint..I don’t think so. Is this some form of recycle? Maybe the best ever since what a tragedy to imagine this good guy being destroyed. So the new year started off new. .. and I’m grateful. And…(and this pales by comparison but it’s still fun) looking at a new spice at the theodorerichard food [...click to contimue reading...]
If you have been buying locally grown produce your decision has done more than improve the quality of food on your table. One of the “ripple effects” has been a dramatic increase in the number of farms even in the small state of Massachusetts. This is a growing movement away from the mega-mart and towards the local farmer. Fueled by people waking up to where the real quality and often organic produce can be found. … and that is, right around the corner. This trend has been covered in an excellent article by DC Denison [...click to contimue reading...]
A look inside an organic coffee roasting business from a flavor, process and social responsibility perspective as well as my non-organic father’s take on the whole thing.
As you may know, I am a BIG fan of the Newman’s Own Organic Foods. I love the quality, availability, price and the fact that the money earned helps make the world a better place. Anyway, the previous problems from the Chinese Based Pet Foods may fading from memory. But they shouldn’t be. After-all the family pet really is part of the family. And being as such, they also deserve quality food like everyone else. If you consider just how bad a pet food could be (being fed to many pets that are not too discriminating and production standards that [...click to contimue reading...]
Finally the USDA has put some specifics around what it actually means for milk and meat to be organic. .. Here’s the old rule “the animals must have access to pasture”. Which can mean anything from farmer John letting them graze and be in the fresh air and sunshine for a good part of the day to the company who just rushes them out and back in in order to sell at the higher prices of the organic marketplace. So here’s the deal. The new rule which takes effect June 2010 is that “30 percent [...click to contimue reading...]
If you are looking for a nice gift you may want to consider Certified Organic Vegetable, Herb or Flower Seeds. These are from a totally organic sources and are guaranteed not to be involved in any genetically modified “this or that” whatsoever. Check out the web for the many reputable suppliers.
So a few weekends ago Di was over and while we were chatting I was peeling some vegis with my paring knife. Was distracted and broke off the blade (was diving into a whole turnip). Should have known since it was chatting with her that caused the distraction leading to the thumb slicing when sharpening my chef’s knife. As a result there is a no sharpening policy if Di is in the kitchen at the time. Anyway went down to the Salvation Army to see if they had a decent paring knife for sale. The [...click to contimue reading...]
Well by now we’ve all digested the news that the public water supplies from virtually every municipality tested has come up positive for this chem/drug soup-a-cha-call-it. This includes every prescription drug you can think of including antidepressants and sex hormones. .. Now before you run to the tap because this sounds like fun consider this, you’re not getting just this drug or that..you’re getting the whole darn pharmacy and then some. “But they’re in such small amounts that they’re harmless.” Ya right, based on your untrustworthy conventional nothing ever to worry about opinion. No thanks. [...click to contimue reading...]
My day in and day out Chef’s Knife is not something I obtained from a Fancy-Schmantzy Gourmet Boutique..nope.. I got mine at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. No kidding. And this was a case where both my Inner Scrooge as well as my Inner Green Self could both be happy. What I got was a high carbon steel knife for about five bucks. I’m guessing it use to belong to some chef sometime in the past. Sure it needed sharpening, but I took care of that and right now I can almost loose a thumb [...click to contimue reading...]
Whole Foods is working to stay ahead of the curve in terms of being proactive to eliminate plastic bag waste. Their BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) program will encourage shoppers to to bring in anything that will hold their purchases .. They’re talking backpacks, reusable bags, old bags, baskets..I don’t know maybe even my conventional food brother Gary’s wheelbarrow (it would kill him if something of his was being used to help the environment). Anyway, Whole Foods will even give you a nickel for bringing your wheelbarrow or whatever in..They are looking to eliminate the [...click to contimue reading...]