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As parents, Brian and I know firsthand how difficult it can be to feed children healthy meals and snacks. One of the paradoxes of living in a society when you can buy almost any kind of food at any time is that the abundance of food can make it harder to eat nutritious meals. I have no doubt that my great-great-great grandparents sat down uncomplainingly to a bowl of lima beans because if lima beans were on the table, then lima beans were what there was to eat. But when you know there’s a box of mac and cheese in the cabinet and a hot pizza is just a phone call away, it can be hard to count yourself as lucky to be tucking into a plate of vegetables. The result is that while many families would like to be healthier, when it comes to meal planning, they feel paralyzed. read more »
Last night stayed warm enough to have the windows open all night. This time of year, the nights are quiet. The birds and insects aren’t out yet and apart from faintest hum of traffic drifting over the hills, there’s nothing. It feels impossible, but Brian and I have been back in Virginia for nearly a year. When we arrived here, the spring was well underway, but even so, buds and quiet and rain storms all remind me of those first days in this airy little house.
They also remind me of what I miss about New York. read more »
This week has seen a lot more upheaval than I’m ever comfortable with, but even when things are chaotic, I guess it’s best to continue moving forward. At least the weather has relented; we’re looking forward to a weekend spent trying to cultivate even a hint of sunburn. And Sunday, food bloggers everywhere will be doing cartwheels over the time change –– more light on the way! read more »
Food waste is a serious problem. According to the NRDC, American consumers waste a full 25 percent of the food they buy. This is alarming for several reasons. To start, wasted food also represents a waste of water, land, energy, and financial resources. After being discarded, that wasted food largely ends up in landfills, representing 16 percent of methane output in the US. read more »
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We’re in the midst of a quiet weekend, and on this lazy Saturday, a simple, lemony apple tart felt right. This one has a rustic cornmeal-flecked crust and apples tossed with brown butter and lemon zest. read more »
After returning from my morning rounds today, I cranked the oven to full blast, threw a big pot of water on the stove, and set about making this roasted carrot and beet salad. While I washed and peeled and chopped, I watched the birds (now out in force and doing their bird thing with no mind for the human world) and went over my to-do list, the top of which is getting signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Last year, we moved here right at the tail end of sign-ups, and just let it slip. But as the growing season progressed, Brian and I realized we’d made a huge mistake. Not only do CSAs do much to support local farmers as they begin their seasons by providing financial security no matter what the summer brings, CSAs benefit members too. read more »