Archive for January 2014

The Food Desert Project - Savory Cottage Cheese Tomato Tartlets

The Food Desert Project - Savory Cottage Cheese Tomato Tartlets
When I saw these muffins featured on one of my favorite blogs, 101 Cookbooks, I immediately thought of this project: the recipe didn’t seem to need much modification to fit it. The ingredients make me wonder, though:  a savory cheese tart with almonds screams Moorish influence to me. I did a search of Spanish websites... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Neeps and Tatties (Rutabaga and Potato Mash-Up)

Sundays with Sparky: Neeps and Tatties (Rutabaga and Potato Mash-Up)
I love all the quaint names the British have come up with for food: Bubble and Squeak (potatoes and cabbage) Stargazey Pie (which I’ve been dying to make, but I think if I served that, my family would move out in protest.  I’m saving it for a day when I need that to happen…) and, of... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Research on Obesity Researchers Finds a Flaw

Policy Point Wednesday: Research on Obesity Researchers Finds a Flaw
No news to anyone who reads this blog, but financial conflicts of interest can bias science, which may contribute to the conflicting information out there. For instance, a review published just last month specifically targeted bias in studies on sugary drinks and obesity rates. Researchers showed that the studies with possible financial conflicts of interest were... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Mops with Parmesan Dressing

The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Mops with Parmesan Dressing
M, I say M-O, M-O-P,   M-O-P-P.   MOPP MOP MOP MOP!   Broccolimop! Doodely-oop da te data Now that I’ve got you singing, let me introduce you to a new way to play with broccoli! A quick blanch and a healthy dip make broccoli a tween’s best friend. Blanching is a good skill to... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Salade "Nicoise"

The Food Desert Project: Salade "Nicoise"
Salade Nicoise (niˈswaz), is a hifalootin name for a viniagrette-based tuna salad. It’s also the filling for Pan Bagnat, (pan ban-YAH, giving you a guide because I always have to ask how to say it when I order one, myself – darn those French and their silent Ts!) which is just this salad stuffed into... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Hot Herbal Tea for Cold Winter Nights

Sundays with Sparky: Hot Herbal Tea for Cold Winter Nights
I hope all of you are warm and safe! During early December, it seemed like this winter was going to be a balmy one…but then last week, the polar winds pushed things in the opposite direction. Sparky, of course, was delighted to get time added to his winter vacation, and after lots of exploring knee... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: Food Product Dates and Food Waste

Policy Point Wednesday: Food Product Dates and Food Waste
It is perhaps not surprising that a report on food waste in the UK connects consumer’s misunderstanding of product date labels to over 20% of avoidable food waste. Research on date labelling undertaken in the UK shows that 45-49% of consumers misunderstand the meaning of the date labels “best before” and “use by” (WRAP 2010). WRAP’s Household Food... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Our Signature Salad

The Wayback Machine: Our Signature Salad
This delicious and simple salad graces the table at every holiday gathering; its peppery and sweet-tart bite is a perfect foil for all the rich dishes of the holidays.  The recipe is simple: one or two bunches of clean watercress, large stems removed, one or two starfruits, sliced, 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds (sometimes called... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Pretzel Bread for Bread Bowls

The Food Desert Project: Pretzel Bread for Bread Bowls
Happy New Year! Before we dive into today’s recipe, I thought I’d follow the crowd a bit and tell you about some of the recipes I’ve posted this year, just in case you missed them! My most popular post so far this year was one recipe that I used to make two different kinds of... Read more »
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