Archive for February 2014

Policy Point Wednesday: Interventions for Health in Rural America

While Americans have a mental picture of “healthy country living,” rural Americans are more often obese than their urban counterparts. High rates of obesity correlate with higher rates of chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. (Keep in mind that obesity over a large population correlates with lifestyle-related disease, although a given... Read more »

Sundays With Sparky: Mushroom-Oxtail Poutine (Poutine Part 2)

Sundays With Sparky: Mushroom-Oxtail Poutine (Poutine Part 2)
You may remember our last foray into Oxtail Poutine. You may even remember way back when, where we made our own cheese curds for Green Bean Poutine. Obviously, I am a fool for gravy, french fries, cheese and gravy…my first thought when I tasted the beautiful vegetarian ragout from Yottam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Plenty, my very first... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Conventional Farmers Face Off with Chipotle

Policy Point Wednesday: Conventional Farmers Face Off with Chipotle
CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy, posted this op-ed from agricultural advocate Ryan Goodman: Farmers and ranchers are upset about how a burrito company is portraying their business. If you haven’t seen them already, Chipotle has run a series of ads during the past few years centered around “Food With Integrity” and the idea that we can “Cultivate... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

The Wayback Machine: Crispy Roasted Cauliflower
This one isn’t really a recipe, per say - more of a method, but it’s a family favorite and easy enough to do.  It’s a frequent visitor to our dining table, as it is both mild-flavored and has delicious crispy bits. The key to this recipe is how you cut the cauliflower.  It needs to lie flat... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Cheese Grits with Artichoke Piperade

The Food Desert Project: Cheese Grits with Artichoke Piperade
Even though my husband comes from a decidedly Southern family (as my father-in-law will remind us if we’re anywhere in sight of a slice of cornbread,) until recently, we never really got friendly with grits.  To me, they were just as bland and gritty as Cream of Wheat (don’t get me started) and the fact... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Trifle for Snowy Celebrations

Sundays with Sparky: Trifle for Snowy Celebrations
Sometimes, you just need something to celebrate, and this is especially true during a snowy, cold winter. Fortunately, the gloom of winter is broken up by several holidays, and you can choose whichever one you want…Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, or just Take A Break From Shoveling Out The Parking Space Day. Trifle... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday - Hope for Peanut Allergy Sufferers

Policy Point Wednesday - Hope for Peanut Allergy Sufferers
Peanuts are a fantastic food: they don’t spoil, they’re high in protein and healthy fats and contain all kinds of trace minerals.  Kids readily eat them in multiple forms.  You can safely send a kid to school with your personal peanut-butter concoction and rest assured that it will be eaten and won’t cause them to... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Popcorn on the Cob

The Wayback Machine: Popcorn on the Cob
Our hometown has one of the best Farmer’s Markets around, and we’re lucky that in recent years they’ve started a winter market for storage apples, hardneck garlic (my favorite!) cold-weather vegetables…and popcorn.  Straight from the farmer’s hands, we scored an ear of the most beautiful popcorn I’ve seen in recent memory: golden hard little gems... Read more »