Cooking has become mostly a spectator sport in America. There are more than twenty-five well-known celebrity chefs cooking on television today, yet fewer people are actually cooking than ever before. According to a recent food marketing survey, only 27 percent of Americans cook on a daily basis.1 It’s not that they don’t want to, though. In a separate survey, a full 98 percent of Americans said they preferred meals prepared at home.2 If that is Americans’ preference, then why aren’t they doing it? Continue reading
- Me: Are your vegetables organic?
- Farmer: No, sorry.
- Me: That’s too bad.
- Farmer: It’s really expensive to get certified, you know.
- Me: Ok, well what pesticides do you use, exactly?
The conversation quickly goes over my head. By now I’m also getting dirty looks for holding up the line. Sheesh, all I wanted to know is if these sweet potatoes are worth the slightly higher price compared to those at the neighboring stand. Isn’t there an easier way to differentiate the quality of the products at the different stands? Why yes, there is a better question. And one whose answer you can judge in 5 seconds or less. Continue reading
I didn’t know it at the time, but the columns of grey smoke I saw in the distance, beyond acres of corn and soy fields, was the first clue we had arrived in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. The next clue was a man riding an adult-sized scooter on the side of the quiet country road. He was dressed in the tell-tale suspendered pants over a loose-fitting shirt that I’ve seen before. Then we finally spotted our first horse-drawn buggy, holding up a line of cars. Continue reading
Strawberry season has just started here in the Washington, DC metro area. (It’s very late thanks to our long, hard winter!) That means it’s time for our annual journey to my local pick-your-own farm to stock up on strawberries for MUCH cheaper than in supermarkets. Since they only last in my refrigerator for a few days, I freeze mine so that I can enjoy them throughout the year. Here are my tips on how to freeze them properly and ideas for using them afterward.
There was a time when I thought that all alternative or healthy foods could be purchased from retail stores, like Whole Foods. Now I know better. The more I learn about natural, traditional and alternative foods, the more I’m amazed by how little is available in most, if any retail stores. Continue reading
Coconut has long been a staple food in tropical regions around the world and has grown in popularity in America. This is thanks in part to Americans’ growing interest in the exotic flavors from countries like Thailand, India and Brazil. But it is also thanks to the growing body of research on coconuts’ nutritional benefits (a good resource is the Coconut Research Center). Luckily it’s pretty easy these days to find good quality whole coconuts, shredded dried coconut meat and coconut oil. Unfortunately coconut milk is another story.
Do you buy canned or boxed coconut milk or eat at restaurants that cook with these products? Ever wonder what all those extra ingredients in the can are? Do you want to know where to find pure, fresh-tasting and additive-free coconut milk without having to make it yourself? Continue reading