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  • 20 Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Ideas

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    Editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    No plastic Easter eggs! Make that your mantra, and you’ve just banned quite a bit of the toxicity of Easter. Besides, you don’t need plastic Easter eggs, not when there are both beautiful, vegan alternatives to plastic eggs, and beautiful, creative, unusual ways to decorate traditional, edible Easter eggs.Want something to fill with candy? This list has it. Want something extra fun and unusual to do with yet another carton of hard-boiled eggs? This list has it.Vegan Easter Egg AlternativesEgg carton Easter eggs. Bum a few cardboard egg cartons from a friend, and turn them into Easter eggs…
  • Biologists help solve fungal mysteries, inform studies on climate change

    Organic News -- ScienceDaily
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change. Huge populations of fungi are churning away in the soil in pine forests, decomposing organic matter and releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
  • The Health Benefits of Golden Berries

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    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Golden berries, also known as Physalis peruviana, is South American fruit that’s highly concentrated with nutrients and bioactive compounds. In Colombia, the delicious golden berry is an important international export and prominent local food. [1] The plant has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, often against jaundice. [2] While the evidence for golden berry application for jaundice remains anecdotal, research has found other positive health benefits associated with the fruit. Golden Berry Nutrition Facts Resembling a golden raisin but with a flavor that’s more sweet…
  • What are your food goals?

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    rhonda jean
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Baked eggs in spicy tomato sauce. I've been reading a few threads at the forum this morning and came across an older thread I hadn't seen before. It's by one of our mods, Tessa, and she's asking about food goals for the year. So whether you want to read a list of month-by-month goals or read about many specific things our members are going to concentrate on, it's all there. I found it very
  • Writing to the End

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    Sam Fromartz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a writer, I’ve often approached the written word through an instinctual and sometimes painful process. I’ve put a lot of currency into a kind of gut feeling of what works and what does not. But now as an editor, I’m working with younger writers. In many instances, I’ve had to think about what I actually do and how to convey it. So here are some tips to consider on getting your project done. Ideas are cheap—but don’t always go searching for the next one. You’ll ignore the ones you already have. Write everything down, pick one and proceed. I use the memo function in my…
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  • 20 Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Ideas

    Editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    No plastic Easter eggs! Make that your mantra, and you’ve just banned quite a bit of the toxicity of Easter. Besides, you don’t need plastic Easter eggs, not when there are both beautiful, vegan alternatives to plastic eggs, and beautiful, creative, unusual ways to decorate traditional, edible Easter eggs.Want something to fill with candy? This list has it. Want something extra fun and unusual to do with yet another carton of hard-boiled eggs? This list has it.Vegan Easter Egg AlternativesEgg carton Easter eggs. Bum a few cardboard egg cartons from a friend, and turn them into Easter eggs…
  • 10 Incredible Vegan Recipes You Can Whip Up In 10 Minutes or Less

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    17 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    In today’s modern age of fast-pace everything, we tend to lose sight of what really matters — like quality, nutritious food, for instance. We aim for the convenient and least nutritious over the more healthier, wholesome (but longer to prepare) foods. Let’s take oatmeal for example: there’s the instant versus the slow-cooked oatmeal. The former is laden with sugar, salt, and other unnatural additives, while the latter is a bit longer to prepare, but contains little to no sodium or sugar (unless you decide to add them, of course) and has a myriad of benefits for you in the long…
  • Effective Natural Remedies to Cure Spring Allergies

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    16 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Spring allergy is commonly used to refer to hay fever, a seasonal allergic rhinitis attack experienced by more than 35 million Americans every year as the season changes and many allergens start to blossom - during springtime. As pollens scatter and travel through air, people as far as hundreds of miles away unknowingly sniff them, triggering allergic reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose irritation and runny nose.Many over-the-counter medications for spring allergies are available at affordable prices. These drugs, nonetheless, can cause several side-effects and unnecessary…
  • Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success

    Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time!Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get…
  • Four High-Protein Vegetarian Alternatives to Soy

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    10 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Vegetarian Protein Foods Not Named Tofu or Tempeh“Four Alternatives” list: four high-protein, non-soy, vegetarian foods.  A lot of people seem to think soy is the only decent source of protein out there for vegetarians. SeitanFor a long time, I thought seitan was another soy product.  Turns out, it’s made mostly from wheat.  And it has a texture very similar to meat, earning it the nickname “wheat-meat.”  A four-ounce portion of seitan has between 20 and 30 grams of protein, making it the most densely-packed vegetarian protein source I know of.  That it…
 
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  • Biologists help solve fungal mysteries, inform studies on climate change

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change. Huge populations of fungi are churning away in the soil in pine forests, decomposing organic matter and releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
  • Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    The ability of forests to sequester carbon from the atmosphere depends on nutrients available in the forest soils, shows new research from an international team of researchers. "This paper produces the first evidence that to really understand the carbon cycle, you have to look into issues of nutrient cycling within the soil," said one of the researchers.
  • The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters: Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes less dire than previously thought

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study shows that these feedbacks may be less dire than previously thought.
  • Antibiotics in manure a far-reaching impact on abundance of human pathogenic bacteria in soils

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Scientists have found that the repeated application of manure contaminated with antibiotics lastingly changes the composition of bacteria in the soil. The focus of the investigation was on sulfadiazine (SDZ), a widely used antibiotic in animal husbandry which enters the soil via manure.
  • Deforestation of sandy soils a greater climate threat

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A new study finds that tree removal has far greater consequences for climate change in some soils than in others, a finding that could provide key insights into which ecosystems should be managed with extra care. In a comprehensive analysis of soil collected from 11 distinct U.S. regions, from Hawaii to northern Alaska, researchers found that the extent to which deforestation disturbs underground microbial communities that regulate the loss of carbon into the atmosphere depends almost exclusively on the texture of the soil.
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  • The Health Benefits of Golden Berries

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Golden berries, also known as Physalis peruviana, is South American fruit that’s highly concentrated with nutrients and bioactive compounds. In Colombia, the delicious golden berry is an important international export and prominent local food. [1] The plant has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, often against jaundice. [2] While the evidence for golden berry application for jaundice remains anecdotal, research has found other positive health benefits associated with the fruit. Golden Berry Nutrition Facts Resembling a golden raisin but with a flavor that’s more sweet…
  • Is Lithium Orotate Good or Bad for You?

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The health benefits of lithium orotate are causing an explosion in its popularity. I’ve been an advocate of lithium orotate for quite some time and have incorporated into some of my own formulations. A friend of mine, Dr. Mark Millar, is the leading authority on lithium orotate in the United States today. He published an eBook, “Veteran Suicide Breakthrough: Revealing the Breakthrough Mineral for Suicide Prevention, PTSD and Depression ‘They Definitely’ Don’t Want You to Know About” which is loaded with facts on lithium’s effects on the both body and…
  • What is a Healing Crisis?

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Detoxification is meant to rejuvenate the mind and body and positively impact well being and clarity. However, sometimes the initial reaction to a detoxification program can be anything but pleasant. The process of healing sometimes includes a healing crisis, also known as the detox reaction, the cleansing reaction, and the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. During a healing crisis, you can feel even worse than before you started your detox program. The good news is that this reaction is likely a sign that you’re getting better by way of a deep and thorough cleansing. What is a Healing…
  • 9 Must Know Facts About Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Bacopa monnieri, a plant commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, has an age-old reputation for being an effective and powerful herb helpful for memory and combating stress. Bacopa monnieri, known to most as Brahmi, acts as an adaptogen; which means it helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations. The following 9 facts show the power and versatility of this therapeutic plant. 1. Supports the Brain As people age, it’s common for age-related brain degradation to happen. The active compounds in Brahmi, known as bacosides, are beginning to be evaluated for their effects on the brain and…
  • The 7 Best Vegetarian Foods for Selenium

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Selenium is a powerful trace mineral that everyone needs. Along with iodine, selenium is great for the thyroid. It supports the immune system and it’s a powerful antioxidant. [1] [2] Adults need at least 55 micrograms a day and some people consume more, depending on their needs (it’s best to stay under 400mcg/day). [3] Although fish and meat are great sources of selenium, don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t get it from plants. As a matter of fact, there are an abundance of natural foods that are great sources of selenium, including nuts, seeds, and green vegetables. At a…
 
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  • What are your food goals?

    rhonda jean
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Baked eggs in spicy tomato sauce. I've been reading a few threads at the forum this morning and came across an older thread I hadn't seen before. It's by one of our mods, Tessa, and she's asking about food goals for the year. So whether you want to read a list of month-by-month goals or read about many specific things our members are going to concentrate on, it's all there. I found it very
  • Weekend reading

    rhonda jean
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Early morning in the garden. How cooking can change your life - Michael Pollan, Youtube Backyard Permaculture - Youtube Sunny spinach pie recipe You're not as busy as you say you are Ways to start living a frugal life Inside urban green - modern methods of growing food This is a radio interview I did with ABC radio in South Australia yesterday. The host is Stan Thomson Free pattern
  • Setting yourself up for simple life

    rhonda jean
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    An email arrived last week from a reader in Canberra. For those of you who don't live here, Canberra is situated half-way between Sydney and Melbourne. It's our national capital and it contains our parliament buildings, the mint, war memorial, the national gallery and library. The city is home to thousands of public servants and people who own and work in the businesses that support them. Our
  • Another milestone day

    rhonda jean
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you'd asked me when I was fifty, when I would start to feel old, I would have told you 80ish. I turn 66 today and I'm starting to feel old. Feeling old to me means I'm starting to slow down, I'm less inclined to take on new things and while I feel I've seen it all, I also have an optimistic view of what is coming and my ability to meet whatever it is with confidence. BTW, I don't think
  • Pickled cucumbers from the garden

    rhonda jean
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    It's that time of year again when many of us are starting our gardens so we can eat the freshest and tastiest of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Hanno started preparing the soil here on March 3, and over the following weeks, home-sown and bought seedlings started going in slowly. Last week some of last year's garlic was planted along with kohl rabi, turnips, lettuce, kale, Amish paste tomatoes and
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  • Writing to the End

    Sam Fromartz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a writer, I’ve often approached the written word through an instinctual and sometimes painful process. I’ve put a lot of currency into a kind of gut feeling of what works and what does not. But now as an editor, I’m working with younger writers. In many instances, I’ve had to think about what I actually do and how to convey it. So here are some tips to consider on getting your project done. Ideas are cheap—but don’t always go searching for the next one. You’ll ignore the ones you already have. Write everything down, pick one and proceed. I use the memo function in my…
  • The last pass of my manuscript, "In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey," is done!

    Sam Fromartz
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    And I'm sending it back in the mail to Viking/Penguin. (Yeah, at this stage it's hard copy, not electronic). This is the final stage before the whole thing goes to rest. I can't believe it's over. But there have been so many of these last stages, turning in the manuscript, going over the edit, doing the second draft, etc. etc that it almost feels anticlimactic. And any remaining mistakes are now my own damn fault! For those who are curious, the book will be out right after the summer. 
  • Who cares about Danish Pork? Danes do, as "Borgen" spotlights the industry

    Sam Fromartz
    29 Oct 2013 | 7:41 am
    Screen shot from Borgen, episode 24 For the past two years, I've been watching Borgen, a Danish television series which tracks a female politician who rises to become prime minister. The series is quite entertaining and actually addictive, since the stong-willed but principled leader is someone you could relate to: Season 1 began with her riding her bicycle to Parliament. It deals with the conflict of work and home life, and all the intrigue of multi-party politics. I've only had access to Borgen online, at linkTV, careful to watch the shows in the two-week window after they air on…
  • How your smart phone may be more valuable than you think

    Sam Fromartz
    24 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    On an 8-minute video shot with a smart phone that won a film festival prize I recently heard Carlton Evans, the director of the Disposible Film Festival, speak about “disposible films”— all the video that is made when you click open your smart phone and start shooting away.We’ve all done it, but what I didn’t realize was the possibility of the medium. Luckily, Evans and his team did and created a film festival around it. The festival celebrates “the democratization of cinema made possible by low cost video technology: everyday equipment like mobile phones, pocket…
  • Heart Loaf

    Sam Fromartz
    14 Feb 2013 | 9:20 am
    The crust crackled but the heart is fine. A pain de compagne with white, rye and whole wheat. 
 
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  • Welcome to the Culinate archives — An update

    Kim Carlson
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:46 am
    For seven years beginning in January 2007, Culinate was updated frequently; however, at this time we are no longer adding content to the website. We hope now that you will explore our rich and varied archives. Within those archives you’ll find thousands of recipes — from our kitchens, but also from our contributors and from cookbooks we’ve enjoyed. You’ll also find stories related to home cooking and food choices; essays about eating and cooking; summaries of current news stories about food; and interviews with notable people in the world of food. There are reviews and excerpts of…
  • Kale in the raw — Eight versions of kale salad

    Erika Szymanski
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Sure, some people are so over kale already. (Bacon, too.) But kale (like bacon) is incredibly versatile. Which makes me believe that the hardy green is well on its way to becoming a staple in our diets.I agree that kale chips are fun, and kale-stuffed lasagne makes for a nice change. And I’ll always throw a handful into soups. But kale salad is my core dish. I can whip up a big bowl after the farmer’s market on Saturday and have portions of yummy nourishment for nearly the whole week. more… from The Culinate 8
  • All clear! — Rhode Island clear clam chowder

    Adam Ried
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    For most of us, the words “clam chowder” instantly conjure the same image: a bowl of white, milky broth with chopped clams and plenty of potatoes. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you order a bowl throughout most of coastal New England, the chowder epicenter of America. more… from Adam’s Rib
  • Global zing — Spicy and tangy condiments from around the world

    Pat Tanumihardja
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Most Americans are familiar with soy sauce, that staple of East Asian cooking. Some have become devotees of the Southeast Asian chile-and-garlic sauce known as sriracha, squirting it on burgers instead of ketchup. And fish sauce — another Southeast Asian import, originally introduced to Western palates in the form of Worcestershire sauce — is becoming more and more popular as a secret weapon, its funky bass notes underpinning steak marinades and salad dressings.But our planet’s diverse cultures still feature many popular condiments that have yet to become American standards. Here are…
  • Bar tab — How to stock a home bar

    Jackie Varriano
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:58 am
    The mustachioed barkeep pushed his Lewis bag and mallet aside, wiping down the countertop directly in front of me as I bellied up to his dimly lit bar. He slid a crumpled paper menu in front of me, its cocktails separated by the headings “Pre-Prohibition” and “Post-Prohibition.” Behind him, bottles were stacked four gleaming glass shelves high: 10 bottles of rum to the left, 15 different vodkas on the right. Blended scotch towered over bourbons and whiskeys, interspersed with liqueurs and cordials. more… from Features
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  • Building 'smart' cell-based therapies

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    A technology for engineering human cells as therapies has been developed by scientists. The the technology becomes activated only in diseased tissues. It sits on the surface of a cell and can be programmed to sense specific external factors. For example, the engineered cell could detect big, soluble protein molecules that indicate that it's next to a tumor. When the biosensor detects such a factor, it sends a signal into the engineered cell's nucleus to activate a gene expression program, such as the production of tumor-killing proteins or chemicals.
  • Thinnest membrane feasible has been produced

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    A new nano-membrane made out of the 'super material' graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The new membrane just produced is as thin as is technologically possible.
  • Chiral breathing: Electrically controlled polymer changes its optical properties

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarization filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.
  • Global scientific team 'visualizes' a new crystallization process

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    By combining a synchrotron's bright X-ray beam with high speed X-ray cameras, scientists shot a 'movie' showing how organic molecules form into crystals. This is a first. Their new techniques will improve our understanding of crystal packing and should help lead to better electronic devices as well as pharmaceuticals -- indeed any product whose properties depend on precisely controlling crystallization.
  • Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    A new nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles. Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework, to the battery's cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges. During lab tests, a lithium-sulfur battery with the new MOF cathode maintained 89 percent of its initial power capacity after 100 charge-and discharge cycles.
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  • Mango Chia Pudding {and Whole Foods #Giveaway!}

    foodietots
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Move over March Madness, it’s Mango Madness right now at Whole Foods Market — aka #MuchosMangos — and they asked us to cook something up to celebrate. I asked the foodie tots what they wanted to make first, and the boy suggested smoothies. But when we blended it up with chia seeds — for an extra boost of fiber — it was so thick we decided to call it dessert. Of course, it’s really just yogurt and fruit so it’s equally suitable for breakfast, but I know I can always use another healthy fruit-based dessert in my repertoire. I’m also thinking these…
  • Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew #SundaySupper

    foodietots
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Rumor has it that spring is just around the corner, but with snow in the forecast yet again it’s hard to keep the faith. If, like me, you’re starting to tire of heavy stews for Sunday supper, this one is made with chicken for a lighter feel. The bright green peas also add a welcome hint of spring. It’s officially a St. Patrick’s Day dish, as an Irish stout (i.e. Guinness) flavors the sauce. This stew is easy to prepare — after browning the chicken and cooking the bacon, it all goes into the slow cooker to braise for 4 hours on high or about 7 on low. The peas are…
  • Raspberry Mini Muffins {Valentine’s Day Treats}

    foodietots
    13 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I again lucked out and got assigned snack duty at the foodie tot’s preschool for Valentine’s week. Sure it was for Wednesday, but the impending snow storm made it likely that they won’t have school on the day of, anyway. I had picked up these cute Valentine’s heart mini cupcake liners so muffins were an obvious choice — and I thought a whole raspberry inside the muffin would go over well in a crowd of three-year-olds. I’m pleased to report that not only did the class enjoy them, the foodie boy yelled “It was AWESOME!” when asked about the…
  • Baked Maple Doughnuts {Crown Maple Review}

    foodietots
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:10 am
    There’s nothing like a snow day to get one craving something sweet, and making baked doughnuts lets me feel like it’s a slightly healthier choice than the fried versions. Even if I top it with a rich maple glaze. I hadn’t realized that maple bars were a West Coast thing until reading about an article about them a couple years ago. I can’t recall eating many doughnuts as a child, but realizing that something isn’t available where you now live has a way of spurring a sudden sense of nostalgia. Of course you can get maple doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts, but I’m…
  • Flat Stanley Goes Organic {Cascadian Farms Giveaway}

    foodietots
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Cooped up with the kids on yet another snow day? Here’s a fun way to think ahead to spring and learn a little something, too. Remember Flat Stanley? The world-traveling paper cut-out has gone digital, and through the Flat Stanley mobile app kids can now explore organic farming thanks to a partnership with Cascadian Farm. While on the virtual farm tour, kids can explore where their food comes from, what organic means and why organic farming is important to protect the ecosystem. I didn’t even realize Flat Stanley has a sister now, Flat Stella — the foodie tot dressed her Flat…
 
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  • Love for Local Vino: 5 reasons why Minnesota wine is better than ever

    Robin Partch
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    While Minnesota (or the Midwest, for that matter) may not be the first region that comes to mind when it comes to wine, many Minnesotans don’t realize that our state’s history with grapes and winemaking actually spans more than 150 years. And today, with the invention of cold-hardy grape varieties, the Minnesota wine industry is thriving. If you’ve never given Minnesota wine a try, or if it’s been awhile, here are five reasons why you should check it out.Like us, our grape varieties scoff at cold weatherWhat’s unique about winemaking in Midwestern states, such as Minnesota, is that…
  • Curing Picky Eater Syndrome: Get your kids to eat kale (seriously!) by letting them play with their food

    Monica Irwin
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Vegetables can be a scary item on your picky eater’s plate, eliciting cries of, “Broccoli, yuck. Beans? No way. Kale? Don’t even think about it.” What’s a parent to do? I’ll let you in on a little secret — kids will eat their vegetables if they play with them first. So, it’s time to show your kids that vegetables are something they can love instead of hate.Here are some activities you can do together with your kids at the dinner table — remember, the ultimate goal is to have them eat their veggies at the end of play time. It helps if you play along and eat the vegetables…
  • Spring Ahead: Ideas for lamb and goat meat

    Tricia Cornell
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Lamb and goat meat aren’t as easy to find as beef and chicken or even bison, but they are worth seeking out from the growing number of local producers. There are more than 3,000 sheep farms and more than 1,500 goat farms in Minnesota now. Lamb loves flavors from around the Mediterranean, all the way from Morocco to Greece: fresh and preserved lemons, cinnamon, mint, garlic, cumin, coriander, yogurt, and dill. Use these in marinades, rubs, toppings, and sides and you almost can’t go wrong. Lamb, like beef and pork, has quick-cooking and slow-cooking cuts. Lamb chops cook just like pork…
  • Farm to Teacup: Verdant Tea shows that hospitality and sustainable growing are universal

    Elizabeth Millard
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Not surprisingly, the first phrase that Lily and David Duckler offer after saying hello is: "Would you like some tea?" But it's not the usual teabag thrown into a cup; for them, sharing tea with a visitor is an exercise in hospitality, cultivated half a world away.As the owners of the charming Verdant Tea "tasting room" in the Seward neighborhood, the Ducklers often refer to the large photos lining one of the cafe's walls. Images of farmers, smiling over tea harvests, aren't just decoration — they're reminders to the Ducklers about why they're sitting here, in Minneapolis, offering a single…
  • Kitchen DIY: Ridiculously easy homemade mustard

    Carley Bohnen
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    We’ve only dipped our toes into spring, but in my house, we’re embracing it with open arms. For us, the first hint of the change in season means a few things: we’re pouring gin and tonics, counting our freckles, and — above all else — starting the grill. Yes, we wait for the first warm April day to fire up the grill each year; we are not the truly rugged type who will stand outside in our boots to grill a steak during the winter (I’m looking at you, mom). And so, the next six months will see our lawn chairs pulled up alongside the grill more often than not. We’ll be happy…
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  • New Organic Gardening Guide

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    Hello! My name is Angela England and I wanted to introduce myself as the new Organic Gardening Guide (Expert). I started just four days ago but hurried to put up some fun posts for you for the month of March so you'd have new ideas for fun garden designs and resources this spring....Read Full Post
  • Ordering Seeds: Favorite Heirloom Tomato Varieties

    31 Jan 2014 | 6:13 am
    I've been busy the last few days trying to finalize the tomato seeds I want to order for this year's garden. I have plenty saved of tried and true favorites such as 'Brandywine...Read Full Post
  • Questions to Ask Before You Start Seeds Indoors

    15 Jan 2014 | 9:50 am
    About Container Gardening guide Kerry Michaels has a useful (and fun) list of questions one should ask oneself before deciding to start plants from seed indoors. There are several things to consider before diving into the world of indoor seed starting. First, there's the equipment and space issue. Seed flats take up space, and often more than you think they will. If you don't have a really nice, bright window, you will have to rely on artificial light. This takes up even more space, and relies upon having a power source nearby....Read Full Post
  • Reader Question: Growing Sprouts Indoors

    30 Dec 2013 | 2:29 pm
    This week's question: "I've heard that growing sprouts indoors is easy, but then I read about E. coli in sprouts and I wasn't sure if it was safe to try. Can I grow my own sprouts? And how would I do it?"...Read Full Post
  • Great Books for Gardeners

    28 Nov 2013 | 12:43 am
    I don't know about you, but I am in full holiday shopping mode. We're just about finished shopping for the kids, and now my attention is turning to the gardeners on my shopping list....Read Full Post
 
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  • The Philly Farm and Food Fest: Local, Organic, Sustainable Family Fun (Ticket Giveaway!)

    robin elton
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
      I’m so excited! Something came up last year and we couldn’t make the Philly Farm & Food Fest. This year we received a pair of press passes and I can’t wait to check out the local & sustainable exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers and (yay!) beers. The Philly Farm & Food Fest takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 13th. Kids under 12 get in free, and there’s plenty to do that’s just for them:  watch Watermelon Magic, a family friendly film, and then make & take a craft;…
  • Add These to Your Netflix Queue to Help Spark A Love of Math, Science, Nature

    robin elton
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ― Carl Sagan   I’ve been working with Netflix as a member of the Netflix Stream Team; this month the theme was Science Fair inspiration. But to tell the truth, I couldn’t get into the idea of talking about our Science Fair ordeal this year— I tried— I’d much rather keep it upbeat Maybe I’ll tell that story once time has taken out some of the sting. BUT I do love Netflix as a prodigious resource to foster an interest in not only science, but math and nature. There are TONS of shows, movies and…
  • Stand Up for Safer Chemicals. Sign the Petition to #FightToxins

    robin elton
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones— we had better know something about their nature and their power. -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring   * This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation through Mom Bloggers for Social Good. All opinions are my own.* Rachel Carson was talking about pesticides, but it doesn’t stop there. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US that have never been fully tested for toxicity. We’re talking in our kids’ toys, in our furniture and…
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    livingmaxwell: a guide to organic food & drink

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress NOT to Pass the ‘Deny Americans Right-to-Know Act’

    Max Goldberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Very recently, a piece of dangerous legislation was introduced into Congress that would deny your right to know if food is genetically-engineered or not. Dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”, this bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, and G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina. Unfortunately, there is nothing “Safe” or “Accurate” about this deceptive bill, and organic advocates are correctly calling it the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act)”. This shameful piece of…
  • Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

    Max Goldberg
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic. Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is going to carry more weight with consumers than “Organic”. On many levels, this is incredibly worrisome, mostly because shoppers are making the absolute wrong and unhealthy decision at the supermarket. Here are my overall thoughts. 1) In…
  • IndieGoGo Campaign: Why Organic Coffee Farmers in Cameroon Need Our Help

    Max Goldberg
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Since coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops on the planet, the importance of promoting organic coffee cannot be emphasized enough. And when it means that organic coffee production will also result in farmers generating enough money to send their kids to school, this is a project that I want to get behind. In 2012, Mocha Joe’s, a coffee shop in Brattleboro, Vermont, initiated a program through which smallholder coffee farmers in Cameroon were able to to obtain USDA organic certification for their crops. As a result, Mocha Joe’s was able to bring in the first USDA…
  • Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Wine Talk, GMO-Labeling Update, and Biodynamic Bonanza

    Max Goldberg
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. TASTING WHILE TWEETING If you are a wine aficionado, Whole Foods Market has something very cool for you. On eight different Thursday nights throughout the year, the company hosts Twitter Wine Tastings. The Twitter Tastings are led and moderated by the global wine buyers Doug Bell and Master Sommelier Devon Broglie, who hand-pick in advance the four wines to be discussed. Yet, what makes these Twitter…
  • An Amazing Night with the Environmental Working Group at Suite ThreeOhSix in NYC

    Max Goldberg
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Last week in NYC, I went to a fantastic event hosted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and its Executive Director, Heather White. Not only did we get a chance to meet Heather White in person, but we were updated on the many exciting things that EWG has in the works. Aside from being a huge champion of GMO-labeling and organic farming, EWG puts out some incredible resources for consumers, including the Dirty Dozen (the 12 most pesticide-laden foods), the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (a database of more than 71,000 body care products and the risk profile of each ingredient), Guide to…
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    Fruitfully Living

  • Easy Granola Recipe

    lfgodoy@yahoo.com
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Our family loves granola, especially for our parfaits. For awhile now, I have been shying away from buying the pre-made stuff because I noticed that most of them contain rice.  Since I try to stay away from rice and rice products, I thought making my own would be a good alternative. For some reason I thought it would be a really complicated process so I have been procrastinating. However, a few weeks ago I visited my sister-in-law and she offered me some homemade granola. It was delicious. I decided to finally give it a shot. As usual, I brought my first batch before my critics to see what…
  • Sleep Victory!!

    Luisa Rodriguez
    7 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you are a parent, you can understand the relief that you feel when your kid finally starts going to bed without any issues.  For the last six weeks, our toddler has been doing this: My husband and I have been jumping up and down! I cannot even begin to express how excited we are. There was a lot of hard work put into getting our toddler to go to bed without a fuss and we finally have sweet victory. When we had our first kid, by three months we were able to get her in bed for the night without a fuss.  If you read read my blog on letting babies cry it out, you will see the struggles we…
  • A Healthier Fruit Tart

    Luisa Rodriguez
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This was my first attempt. My husband’s favorite dessert is a fruit tart. Usually, I make the trip to Wegmans and pay a ridiculous amount of money so that he can enjoy it for his birthday. This year I decided to make my own. Although my first attempt was not made with the most wholesome ingredients, I combined and revised a few different recipes for a delicious but more wholesome version of this yummy dessert. This is NOT a fat-free or low-fat recipe. Those of you that follow my blog, know that I am not a calorie counter and I do not believe or follow fat-free or low-fat diets. I do…
  • Winter Storm: Blessing in Disguise

    Luisa Rodriguez
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    Our home after the ice storm. This winter, one of the many winter storms that passed through Pennsylvania hit us very hard.  There were hundreds of thousands of people without power.  I was one of those people.  I woke up Wednesday morning to a very silent, dark, and cold house.  I just wanted to crawl back into bed, but I knew I had little ones that had probably kicked their blankets off in the middle of the night.  Both my toddler and seven-year-old jumped right into bed with me.  We cuddled and stayed warm until the sun started shining through the window.  As I lay there in bed, I…
  • Crayon Hearts

    Luisa Rodriguez
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Those of us with kids have this! Instead of throwing them in the garbage, we can re-use them to make crayon creations.  For Valentine’s Day, we made crayon hearts.  I originally got the idea from Pinterest but I changed it around a little bit. Instead of just mixing all the crayon pieces together, we experimented with color combinations.  The results were awesome! Supplies: muffin or cookie molds and old crayons (I used a silicone heart mold that I bought at Michaels but it is also available through Amazon) Step 1:  Peel the crayons, break or cut them in little pieces, and…
 
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