Tag Archives: Nutrition

The Benefits of Sprouts

February 28, 2013



Everyone can use a little more nutrition in their diets.  A lot of the food available on store shelves these days is nutritionally inferior to what our grandparents ate.  From the bleached bran-less flours to the tomatoes “developed” for picking and shipping unripe, much of the natural healthy content of common foods is missing unless […]

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Should Genetically Engineered Crops be Labelled?

July 5, 2012


Are those potato chips made from GMO crops?

“A high-stakes food fight in California is getting more heated. A proposal to require labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients has qualified to appear on the state ballot Nov. 6.” The outcome of the vote, according to a recent USAToday article by Elizabeth Weise, could be different than the similar initiatives that failed in […]

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Are You Eating as Healthy as You Think?

June 4, 2012


Are those muffins made with GMOs

Eating healthy used to be straightforward. It was easy to tell the difference between “junk food” and “healthy food.” Today, it’s not so easy. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to know what’s good for you and what may have some experimental products in it. The FDA says that manufacturers don’t have to tell us. Got […]

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The Outdoor Pharmacy: Basil

May 1, 2012


Basil: a spice of life

On my list of “must have” spices, basil ranks in the top five.  It is one that you just can’t make due without for Italian-inspired dishes.  And just the thought of pesto makes me smile.  It turns out that basil is not only delicious, but it is very healthy and is said to even have […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, part 4: Chickweed

March 29, 2012



It’s been a while since I’ve done an installment in this series.  I took the winter off since many plants are either dormant or not in their most familiar form.  With this spring’s early arrival, I’m almost too late to get pictures of some of my favorites before they take a hiatus. This new one […]

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A Case For Eating Locally

October 24, 2011


Eating locally versus globally

Many of us buy from big box stores or grocery store chains that have their products shipped from far away locations so they can offer us fresh produce and seafood even when it’s out of season for us locally. We can get tomatoes from Brazil, fish from the Northern Pacific, lettuce from California, and corn […]

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Beans, part 6 (Beans- they’re what’s for breakfast…)

October 14, 2011


Delicious Coffe Cake with Great Northern Beans

If you’ve read this blog long, you know I enjoy practicing cooking using storage-friendly foods while also improving our overall diet with less processed, healthier ingredients.  Beans are one of my favorite things to re-invent in unexpected ways. So, we’ve had beans for many main courses and a couple of desserts now.  What’s left?  Oh […]

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Vinegar: The Solution for Almost Every Problem

October 11, 2011


prepping for teotwawki with vinegar

If you have a television and ever turn it on, you are inundated with ads for new & improved household cleaners and “wonderdrugs.”  This one will really deep clean and that one will prevent a pesky build-up, and it hardly matters whether we’re talking about ovens or arteries. I eye all those commercials with skepticism […]

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Shelf-Life: What Do Expiration Dates Really Mean?

September 30, 2011


What do food expiration dates mean?

You’ve probably noticed that nearly every food has a date on it these days.  It may say “use by,” “freshest before,” “expiration,” or “best by,” but essentially you get the impression that most grocery items won’t do you much good for long-term storage. Is there a maximum amount we can store? One of my main […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, part 2 (Persimmons)

September 26, 2011


Persimmons as a survival fruit

A few months ago, I suggested that you begin thinking about what foods you can forage (for free!) around your own property.  I focused on an ever-present “weed”- the dandelion. Well, now that fall is coming on, I want to encourage you too look for wooded areas and see if you can find a native […]

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