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365 Days of Summer

Is summer fresh produce from Chile growing on you? Are you grateful to be able to buy grapes, plums, peaches and other August fruit in the dead of winter because of that 2004 free trade agreement? That mindset is what the earthquake-ravaged country is cultivating in a new Cornucopia television […]

4 Years of a Column About Good Food: Foodie Underground

Four years of Foodie Underground means a lot of column writing. Here’s a look back. Something last week made me go and search for the first Foodie Underground ever written. I remembered that it was around springtime, but couldn’t remembered the month. As it turned out, my first column devoted […]

Asian Soup for Two

Have I got a healthy, healing soup for you! Soba noodle soup it is and the cooking time is very brief. Most of the active time is spent preparing and sauteing the vegetables while bringing water to boil for the noodles and heating the stock. Overall time is about 30 […]

11 Awesome (Female) Chefs Who Are Changing the World of Food

Noteworthy chefs that we should all be talking about. And yes, they’re all women. There has been a lot of talk in the last couple of years about the question of females in the restaurant industry. Namely: where the hell are they? With plenty of “hot chef” roundups online and […]

7 Healthy Seeds You Need to Add to Your Diet Today

These healthy seeds can serve as great snacks and beyond. As we enter a new year, many of you are looking for ways to eat healthier, and if there’s one area of your diet to start with it’s snacks. Many of us snack almost unconsciously, just grabbing a handful of whatever’s […]

Foodie Underground: Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week

I’m guilty as charged when it comes to a standard farmers’ market routine; my Saturday morning market run always includes a visit to my egg guy, then my favorite stand for whatever greens are in season, and then a swing by the Irish man who runs a smoked salmon stand. After that […]

Sunday Recipe: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Lime

Better than popcorn. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of popcorn, but what about other worthy snacks that are quick to make and pack some taste? Start with these roasted chickpeas. The recipe is simple and straightforward and the end result is easily transportable, perfect for […]

Are We Superficial About the Food We Eat? Foodie Underground

Is food marketing making us superficial when it comes to buying and eating food? “You really realize how superficial people are.” That quote was from a Senegalese chef who is trying to get more people eating fonio, a grain from West Africa. He’s profiled in a piece in the Guardian looking […]

Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Cranberry Beans

I love risotto, pasta, bread. You name it. I’m a carb fanatic. But whenever I eat a big plate of pasta or a huge bowl of white rice, I don’t necessarily feel like I’ve done my body good. Enter whole grain risottos made with complete, protein-rich less processed grains like […]

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System: Part 2 of 2

Last week we began a discussion on the biggest issues in the food system. We noted that the issues are all connected and go back to one big problem: The stranglehold that agribusiness has on our public discourse and our political system. Somehow our legislators and much of society have […]

The Green Plate: Food Is Big in 2011

ColumnIt’s only April, but 2011 promises to be a big year for food issues in the news. We’re not talking about big food (so long, Supersize). But food is big this year. From longtime recipe columnist Mark Bittman of the New York Times switching to a food issues beat, to […]

10 Foods to Fight Breast Cancer

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But just because leaves are largely fallen and pumpkins are patching up doesn’t mean that breast cancer awareness should wait another year. The Center for Disease Control shares that breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in all women and the […]

The Green Plate: Genetically Modified Outrageous

The last time we wrote about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), three big stories were in play: GM Alfalfa, GM Sugar Beets, and GM Salmon. Now, there’s more. On January 27th, the USDA announced its approval of the planting of GM alfalfa without restrictions. This was a reversal from what organic […]

Foodie Underground: Cupcake Revolution

In a down economy, we’ve seen lots of underground food trends take off. Limited budgets have forced people to get creative, both with what they buy and what they make at home. Just look at the rise in DIY markets; people are clamoring for goods that support their neighbor instead […]

3 Recipes to Try This Memorial Day Weekend

I’ve been eating eggs on almost everything and anything lately. I’ll cook up a pot of beans just to have around and find myself heating them up and eating them with a fried egg on top and whatever leftover greens I have for a quick, filling meal. Brown rice and lentils […]

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Do We Need Farm-to-Table? Foodie Underground

As the farm-to-table movement grows, so does farmwashing. What can we do about it? I have always been pulled to restaurants that promote a farm-to-table ethos. What’s better than making a connection between the food that you are eating and the people who produced it? So when Vanity Fair recently […]

How Much Has American Food Changed Since the 1970s? Foodie Underground

The book “Provence, 1970′” documents a moment with America’s culinary greats; but how much has American food really changed since then? In the late 1960s and early 1970s, America saw a culinary change. This was the time of people like Julia Child, advocating for mastering dishes at home, eating real […]

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The Nordic Diet: Eating Like a Viking is Good for All of Us

Is the Nordic Diet just the new “it” thing or is it actually a sustainable approach to food? If it’s not one diet, it’s another, because let’s face it: we want the magic trick that will keep is fit and slim. The truth is, there is no magic trick, the best […]

7 Healthy Seeds You Need to Add to Your Diet Today

These healthy seeds can serve as great snacks and beyond. As we enter a new year, many of you are looking for ways to eat healthier, and if there’s one area of your diet to start with it’s snacks. Many of us snack almost unconsciously, just grabbing a handful of whatever’s […]

10 DIY Tea Recipes for Cozy Winter Evenings

Tea recipes so you can make your own unique blends. If winter is good for one thing, it’s for curling up with a good book and a mug of tea. This is the season to embrace coziness. In Denmark, they have a word to describe this exact feeling: hygge. Creating […]