Homemade Taco Seasoning

taco-seasoning

Last Christmas, I wanted to gift something that was homemade, useful and affordable and thought of making a spice blend – but which to choose? I started to think about what spices my family loves to buy and came up with the perfect idea: taco seasoning! So here is a mix that I tried and [...]

Homemade Turkey Burgers

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I’ve never made turkey burgers before, I usually just buy frozen. So when my dad invited us over for a barbecue, I decided to give it a try. My sister was visiting from out of town and she tries to eat only organic meat, so when we were wandering around whole foods we decided to [...]

Getting Fresh, Organic Produce Delivered to Your Door

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A few months ago, we received a great gift from my father: a delivery of fresh, local organic produce to our home. We scheduled it to arrive a few weeks after our new son was born and it was awesome to wake up to healthy, fresh and organic produce on our doorstep, literally (they deliver in [...]

Summer Salad Dressings

arugula-salad

There is nothing like the salads you can whip up over the summer. The colors, flavors, freshness, and crispness are too much to handle when everything is in season. It’s impossible not to go hog-wild at the local farmer’s market or even in your own garden. The summer months also make it so easy to [...]

New Baby Food Recommendations

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New Recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology With the rising prevalence of atopic disease (or diseases that pertain to allergies), primary prevention may play a role in reducing its incidence, especially in high risk infants. The Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) [...]

Metabolism for Dummies

Weight-Loss-h

I keep hearing about methods to increase your metabolism and this often invokes visions of a stubborn little toddler inside my body. If I feed him correctly, he rewards me by working harder and helping me squeeze into my skinny jeans. But, if I feed him poorly, he punishes me by stubbornly storing fat and [...]

Zen and the Art of Eating

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As a high school English teacher, the list of books I find profound and poignant is about a mile long. Most of these books, however, are fiction. When I first got into whole foods and living more of a “green” and natural lifestyle, I read a fabulous book called Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering [...]

Making Crackers at Home

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Once you get into the process of making cheese, making your own crackers at home seems to be the next logical step! Whenever I bust out my dehydrator, I like to make sure I get all those trays going with something , so I always whip up a quick batch of crackers when I have [...]

Tiny Plots for Tiny Tots

toddler gardening

One of the best parts of living New England is watching the slow process of spring unfolding before our eyes. The very last bit of snow melted from the yard this weekend and the crocuses are starting to free themselves from the frozen ground. As most gardeners can attest, this is the most exciting time [...]

The Food Pyramid: Is it Wrong?

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The food pyramid was released to the public by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1992. Is it any coincidence, then, that this was the decade in which Americans gained the most weight? The original idea was that all fat = bad. So just eat low fat and you should be good, right? Wrong. What [...]