Archive for May 2013

Policy Point Wednesday: Inflammatory Science

If you google “inflammation” and “obesity” you will get over 3 million hits. Chronic inflammation has been cited in all kinds of health resources as a cause for everything from obesity to autism to cancer to heart disease; it appears to be the new buzzword in healthcare. Diet is frequently implicated in inflammation, and thus... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Abuelita Elena's Chilled Zucchini Soup

The Wayback Machine: Abuelita Elena's Chilled Zucchini Soup
For his birthday, I always allow Sparky to choose the meals for the day.  These usually consist of fried foods or cheese-gloppy tacos and other “kid” foods which cause involuntary shudders in nutritionists and parents alike. This year, while lunch was predictable enough: nutella and banana-filled crepes, for dinner, he surprised me by asking for homemade... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Frozen Pineapple Lassi or Masala Chai

The Food Desert Project: Frozen Pineapple Lassi or Masala Chai
I don’t know about you, but during the summer I am all about frozen drinks. We recently hit 90 degrees in our little corner of the world…and I was NOT happy about it. Somehow, sitting back with something icy and frothy in a pretty glass makes it all better. The challenge with Indian-style drinks in... Read more »
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Sundays With Sparky: Rose or Fried Mantou

Sundays With Sparky: Rose or Fried Mantou
Sparky’s interest in adventurous eating waxes and wanes;  some of his friends aren’t really adventurous eaters at all. Since I LOVE to explore the world through food, I am always thrilled when the troops come along for the ride. One day, Sparky, myself and Dr. Lasergonapus were exploring Chinatown, and, to my delight, we all... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Food Desert Tax Credits

Long-time readers of this blog will remember that my interest  about food justice and the issues of the Food Desert was first piqued by an episode of the Cosby Show, which reminded me of two grocery stores run by the same chain in the town where I grew up:   Why does this matter to... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Aglio e Olio & Kitchen Explosions

The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Aglio e Olio & Kitchen Explosions
#Solidarity4Wilmot repost: In my quest to simplify, we move on to steamed broccoli – but I feel honor bound to mention that I, um, set the kitchen on fire while preparing vegetables with water. We will discuss kitchen safety and enumerate exactly what went wrong downthread (No Sparkies or kitchen infrastructure were harmed in the making of... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Tanzanian Coconut Beans

The Food Desert Project: Tanzanian Coconut Beans
This recipe is a repost with a bit of a back story; allow me to explain.  Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I’ve become very passionate about the case of Kiera Wilmot, a high school student expelled and threatened with felony charges for conducting a science experiment on her school... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Skillet Cornbread

Sundays with Sparky: Skillet Cornbread
Cornbread is one of those things that typically sparks a hot debate about your ancestry: those who came from the South look suspiciously at any kind of fluffy, sweet, muffin-y breads and those who hail from colder climes wonder about the dense and crusty breads of their neighbors. My mother-in-law taught me her recipe for... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Should We Blame Feminism for Lifestyle-related Disease?

Women have been at their laptops, responding to an allegation by food activist Michael Pollen, who states: “Simone de Beauvoir wrote… that though cooking could be oppressive, it could also be a form of “revelation and creation”…a bit of wisdom that some American feminists thoughtlessly trampled in their rush to get women out of the kitchen.”... Read more »
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