February 15th Muffins

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and social media was abuzz with declarations of hatred for the holiday.  Facebook was littered with “I-hate-Valentine’s Day”s and “my-husband/boyfriend-didn’t-buy-me”s and “I-hate-being-single-today”s. It never fails to amaze me how people can allow one day to make them miserable because they aren’t in a relationship. It amazes me because I was once…

Film Review – Food Inc

Did you ever watch a documentary and it hits a nerve with you?  Makes you think or cry or delivers a gut check to your belly?  I’ve had two experiences like that in my relatively short life.  The first one was watching Fahrenheit 9-11 in the middle of a crowded movie theater where I broke…

Carbonburger

This weekend I had the rewarding (and exhausting!) experience of networking with a large group of young progressive leaders in NYC through the New Leaders Council.  And, as it inevitably will happen, someone was ordering lunch.  “Any vegetarians or vegan?”  “Yes, vegan,” two of us raise our hands.  While my colleague was a straight-up vegan (no…

I Was Green Long Before It Was a Movement

I have been thinking about writing this post for a long time. Now that I finally have the venue, I’m ready to share it with the world. In my opinion, which is based solely on my life experiences to date, there is a direct correlation between poverty and green efforts. I was green long before…

Brussel Sprouts Haluski

Haluski is a pretty traditional Polish dish made from egg noodles, cabbage, onions and a heart attack’s worth of butter.  Every family makes it a little different and even the Food Network’s Guy Fieri has a recipe for it.  (Honestly, I think his looks a bit insane with all those ingredients because I find the simplicity the…

Baba Mama

I’m a big fan of eggplants – grilled, pickled, sautéed, fried, etc – so it is no surprise that baba ghanoush is a personal favorite.  It is simple, delicious, lasts over a week on the fridge and I think you can eat it with just about anything.  One of my favorite ways is to use it as a…

Rusted Root Casserole

While it is not required to listen to this Rusted Root song while cooking this dish, it often cheers me up and tonight I need a little simple joy. Root Vegetable Casserole Serves 3-5 4 1/2 cups root vegetables (white potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip, squashes like buttercup or butter nut) 1/2 medium onion chopped 1…

I kill fake plants!

That’s usually the first thing out of people’s mouths when you start to talk about local food production.  “I don’t have the time or space or patience or know how to grow my own fruit and vegetables!”  “I wouldn’t have the first clue about what to do or what to do with all the vegetables I harvest!” …

Keep it Local

I spoil myself in several ways. To start, I recently relocated from New Jersey to the most magical place in the world and I am very happy. One of the selling points of Media, besides the fact that it’s adorable, was its proximity to sources for locally grown produce. Media has a farmer’s markets, a…