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In the Kitchen with EcoSalon: Bacon Cups

Eggs from a coworker and bacon from a local ranch makes the simplest brunch recipe. It’s Saturday morning. On Friday a coworker handed off a carton of eggs from her own chickens, and later that day you broke down and bought a package of local bacon from Niman Ranch. What do […]

From Cocktails and Turkey to Dessert: Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

The autumn leaves are falling (or depending on where you are, have fallen), and it’s time for the ultimate comfort food meal – Thanksgiving dinner. Some prefer to make the same recipes every year, with a sense of tradition and a confidence gained through years of practice. On the other […]

Celebrate Strawberry Season with a Dutch Baby Pancake

Strawberries are out in full force, and we bought a flat from the farmer’s market over the weekend. We were mashing the strawberries to make jam when we realized that a Dutch Baby pancake was clearly in order for Sunday brunch. The “Dutch Baby” originated in Germany, and is made […]

13 Tips to Avoid Exposure to Toxins in Common Foods

Various shelves throughout every aisle of your grocery store are stocked with wolves in sheep’s clothing. Colorful packaging, appetizing pictures and nutrition claims hide the truth: unhealthy chemicals are lurking in many these seemingly harmless foods. Here are some tips to help you steer clear of hidden toxins that masquerade […]

Foodie Underground: 5 Reasons to Love Cardamom

ColumnWhy cardamom is your new best friend. High end ramen, breakfast for dinner, sparkling water: We spend a lot of time discovering and discussing food trends on Foodie Underground. It’s a dichotomous pursuit. There are the evenings spent complaining to friends about how fed up with the foodie world I […]

Foodie Underground: What Exactly Is a Foodie?

I live in a foodie-centric town. Portland is known for its coffee snobbery, its food cart fetish and its farmers’ market obsession; most of us pride ourselves on eating well. That doesn’t mean that every meal is a well-planned feast of locally grown, freshly picked ingredients, but everyone seems to […]

Overcooked: Olive Oil on Desserts

Olive oil ice cream and gelato are the darlings of the moment on restaurant dessert menus. It’s gotten to where you practically expect to see it before you even look at the menu. Depending on how jaded you are, you’re either excited by this, or bored and ready for the […]

17 Surprising Sources of BPA and How to Avoid Them

After years of claiming it’s not a risk, the EPA has announced that it will formally list Bisphenol A (BPA) as a “chemical of concern”. Considering all the studies showing how this hormone disruptor can affect our bodies, this is great news – but don’t expect big changes anytime soon. […]

The Green Plate: Flare-Ups In Frankenfood

The GMO industry is like an out-of-control forest fire. Just when you think one section is tamped down, another spark is fanned into flames. Just like a forest fire, there are many fronts in this fight, making it difficult to keep track of current developments. Then there are the weapons […]

Foodie Underground: DIY Hooch

Country Living (the British version) arrived at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve. It’s a personal favorite of my mother’s and mine. We sat on the couch drinking coffee and flipping through the pages that immediately take you to another world filled with delightful accents, elevenses and quaint, snow-covered gardens. […]

Eating Local and Organic By the Seasons

Okay, so you know how to shop the farmers’ market and you know that when you shop the farmers’ market, it’s easy to buy what’s local and in season because that’s what the farmers are selling. But most people still do the majority of their shopping in grocery stores. When […]

Lustables: Fōnuts

In L.A., Fōnuts are replacing donuts. Fōnuts have nothing to do with phones. Or nuts. Instead, these mostly vegan, gluten-free donut alternatives are shaking up Los Angelenos with their similarity to those lovely fried rings of dough we all know and love. But unlike regular donuts, Fōnuts are baked, transforming it from […]

Lustables: Jacobsen Salt

Pure salt crystals hand-harvested in Oregon. Call me a pretentious foodie, but I am going to go ahead and say it: sea salt is a game changer for cooking. It’s flaky, tastes real, and simply does things to your food that traditional salt just can’t. Think I am kidding? Then […]

Real Food Shouldn’t Be Fashionable: Foodie Underground

Real food isn’t a lifestyle accessory; it’s a necessity. I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, you know, as you do. I follow a lot of people that are into food. Big surprise there. A lot of them are health focused in some way, shape or form, their focus […]

Lustables: VivaTerra’s Tiered Pedestal Stand

In an age of coffee pit stops and grab-n-go meals, the idea of a slow and proper tea served from VivaTerra’s elegant pedestal stand sounds like a real treat. The slow movement – slow food, slow fashion – is all about celebrating that the slower something is, the more valuable […]

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How to Start a Podcast About Food: Foodie Underground

Love food? Love learning about it? Love talking about it? Then maybe you’ve been thinking about how to launch a podcast about food. We learn how from Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne. While we live in an age where content is churned out faster than you can blend together a kale […]

100 Things to Do This Summer if You Love Food: Foodie Underground

For the last few years I have been doing a summer roundup of food-related activities. Things to challenge you in your food repertoire, as well as things to simply enjoy eating well. Ready? Print this list out, hang it up on your refrigerator and start checking things off. This is […]

What If We Committed to Grow Food, Not Lawns? Foodie Underground

If you commit to “grow food not lawns,” you’re not just committing to better food security, you’re committing to a better community. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I’ve been thinking […]

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What If We Committed to Grow Food, Not Lawns? Foodie Underground

If you commit to “grow food not lawns,” you’re not just committing to better food security, you’re committing to a better community. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I’ve been thinking […]

When Food Waste is Food Treasure: Foodie Underground

We have to stop thinking about food waste as waste. It actually has a lot of value.  In the Western world, we have a serious food waste problem. Overall, about one third of global food production is wasted annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. […]