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A Stylish Solution to Winter Blues

One look out the window during meal time, and you’re reminded that Punxsutawney Phil won’t see his shadow for some time to come. So, put those seasonally unsuitable plates and bowls away and embrace the subtle beauty of peaceful pastels. The Serene Sol dinnerware will help you see the more […]

Grilled Vegetable Gyros Recipe with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

A gyro is a Greek dish of lamb roasted on a vertical spit. Since Greek-style spice blends really pack a flavor punch, you won’t miss the meat with this all-vegetable spin on the traditional dish. This medley of brightly colored vegetables offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals and looks […]

Reduced Hay Fever Symptoms: One More Reason to Love Probiotics

Can taking probiotics reduce hay fever symptoms? Probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in dealing with regularity, colicky babies, weight loss, and staving off infection. It seems amping up your immune system with the aid of probiotics can do a lot for our overall health. And now, a new […]

A Shopper’s Dilemma: Buy Local or Organic?

Standing in the produce section, you hold up two seemingly identical peaches. One has an organic label, and one was grown at a farm only ten miles away. Which piece of fruit is better- for you and for the environment? Modern conscientious eaters have a lengthy list of “food rules” […]

BYOB at Austin’s Pending No Packaging Grocery Store

ColumnAre you willing to shop package free? If you’re reading this you probably bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Maybe you even wash out your plastic produce bags until they’re in tatters. But how far are you willing to go down the no-packaging road? If the Brothers […]

The Green Plate: Street Eats

Column10 global street foods to try. When a real vacation isn’t possible, a virtual food vacation can be just the (plane) ticket. Join us as we survey 10 mouthwatering street foods with links to recipes that you can make at home. One thing is certain, every culture around the world […]

Reduced Hay Fever Symptoms: One More Reason to Love Probiotics

Can taking probiotics reduce hay fever symptoms? Probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in dealing with regularity, colicky babies, weight loss, and staving off infection. It seems amping up your immune system with the aid of probiotics can do a lot for our overall health. And now, a new […]

Sustainable and Fair Trade Coffee: What to Look for In Every Sip

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Learn what to look for  when seeking out an environmentally friendly & ethical cup of joe.

Coffee is a beverage that many of us enjoy on a daily basis (considering the US is the world’s top consumer of coffee) without considering its impact on the Earth or the route it takes from the farm to our morning mug. The detrimental effects of many large scale coffee growing operations is evident from the destruction of tropical ecosystems, and the fact that most of the developed world’s coffee is grown by poor farmers in the developing world presents a moral dilemma. To add to the alarming complications, coffee is part of the commodity market, basically meaning that Wall Street controls the featured blend of the month more than any farmers ability to produce it. So what do you do to find a sustainable cup of coffee? Know what to look for, and keep asking questions until you find it!

Recipe: Swedish Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb is meant for more than just pie. Currently I’m in Sweden taking care of an old house in the countryside. It’s as beautiful and lovely as its sounds. In the garden there is rhubarb, stinging nettles and leeks. The strawberries are flowering which shows that there will be delicious […]

Sweet Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha

Pull out your juicer to make this fresh combination of a beet juice recipe with kombucha, or simply buy the juices to make this sweet and tangy blend with a subtle ginger flavor. Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha Serves 2  Ingredients 11/2-inch knob peeled fresh ginger 11/2 cups plain kombucha (plain […]

Want to Improve Your Eating Habits? Then Focus on the Positive

New research reveals you’re more likely to develop healthier eating habits through reading positive health messages. We see health messages and warnings everywhere: Magazine ads, commercials, not to mention articles (you know, like this one). They range from downright terrifying, like cigarette warnings that could easily inspire a horror movie, […]

Herbs for Stress: Are Adaptogens the New Antidepressants?

One thing is for sure. Antidepressants abound these days. Seems doctors are prescribing them for everything from hormonal imbalance to headaches. But many people today are looking to herbal solutions as mood boosters and stress reducers. Adaptogens are herbal compounds taken to modulate stress. Not well known in the U.S. […]

Eat This Levitating Cake, You Will? [Video]

Since I began working at a bakery, I’ve become a bit obsessed with all things floury. So, you can imagine the joy I felt when I saw what a baker made for “Cake International — The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show.” Christine Jensen made a levitating cake in honor […]

Is Your Farmers’ Market Faking It?

You peruse the stands, ogle over fresh berries, contemplate which goat cheese to buy, and smile contentedly as you walk away from the flurry of farmers and produce, full basket in hand. But is that local, organic, shopping induced feeling of happiness all a sham? The Wall Street Journal reported […]

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We Need Something Sweet to Eat, Stat [Video]

Ever felt like cutting into your food to mutilate it before you consume it? Me too. I used to carve my bread and vegetables before I ate. My friends would call me a “food cutter.” Well, it appears that there is at least one other person who likes to cut […]

Blood Orange, Olive, and Basil Salad Recipe

Jason Wyrick, executive chef of The Vegan Taste and author of “Vegan Tacos” contributed this recipe to Gene Baur’s “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life” book.  Says Jason: “This salad, typically made with whatever fresh oranges are on hand and made with blood oranges here, is a popular winter dish throughout […]

Vegan Tacos with Salted Grilled Plantains, Salsa Verde, and Pepitas

Jason Wyrick, executive chef of The Vegan Taste and author of “Vegan Tacos” contributed this tacos recipe to Gene Baur’s book, “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life.” Says Jason: “If the tortilla is the soul of a taco, then the filling is the body, and fresh lime and spicy salsa are […]

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The Alternative to the Alternative: 3 Nut-Free Vegan Cheese Recipes

The following 3 vegan cheese recipes are light alternatives to regular dairy cheese as well as heavy nut-based cheese. It’s easy to buy into the vegan cheese craze, which takes the beloved cheese-noshing experience and reimagines it so that you not only get to have your cheese but save a few […]

Vegan Tacos with Salted Grilled Plantains, Salsa Verde, and Pepitas

Jason Wyrick, executive chef of The Vegan Taste and author of “Vegan Tacos” contributed this tacos recipe to Gene Baur’s book, “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life.” Says Jason: “If the tortilla is the soul of a taco, then the filling is the body, and fresh lime and spicy salsa are […]

Eating Like a Peasant: a Healthy Lifestyle You Can Afford

The “poor man’s diet” may just be your ticket to a healthy lifestyle that sticks. One of the unfortunate perceptions when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle is that it is very expensive. And the assumption is more or less founded – organic produce is more pricey than conventional […]

Eat This Levitating Cake, You Will? [Video]

Since I began working at a bakery, I’ve become a bit obsessed with all things floury. So, you can imagine the joy I felt when I saw what a baker made for “Cake International — The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show.” Christine Jensen made a levitating cake in honor […]