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Ecosalon Recipes: Oatmeal Harvest Cookies

I recently read somewhere that chocolate chip cookies are the top cookies in America. Now, I used to be in the “It’s not a cookie unless it’s a chocolate chip cookie” camp, but I’ve come around. Oatmeal cookies are so much healthier and they have such a nice combination of […]

The Green Plate: When the Sludge Hits the Fan

ColumnWhat, exactly, is in your city’s free “organic” compost? Have you ever wondered what happens to the food scraps and yard waste that your city picks up as compost? Where does it go? What becomes of all those avocado peels and geranium stalks? As more cities go green, they’re making […]

Growing Power

Some people say knowledge is power. I say access to affordable, healthy food to grow your body and your brain is power. There’s been a lot of talk about the sustainable food movement being elitist when so many people don’t have enough to eat. Whether or not you believe that […]

Baking for a Non-Baker: Apple Galette

I’m not much of a baker really, so I prefer uncomplicated fruit desserts. Especially when I’m already making dinner. Here’s an easy one for a dinner party. Just make the crust ahead of time and then cut up the apples and roll out the dough while you’re chatting up your […]

Calling All Carnivores: 7 Painless Ways to Be an Almost-Vegetarian

Call it flexitarianism, conscious meat consumption, or low meat eating, lots of people are saving the flesh for special occasions and adopting a veg-centric diet. If you’ve been thinking about going vegetarian or vegan for the planet, but you really like meat and think you’ll miss it, or you’re worried […]

Dear San Francisco: 5 Ways You Can Go Green

Mayor, mayor, on the wall: Who is the greenest of them all? My neighboring hometown across the Bay, San Francisco, makes all the greenest cities lists, with its mayor, Gavin Newsom, regularly billed as “America’s Greenest Mayor.” But behind the glossy Priuses, how green is SF? Google “country’s greenest mayor” […]

Frugal Cooking: Spaghetti Frittata

Whenever I’m cooking pasta, I always put the proper amount of dry pasta for the number of servings I want into the boiling water and then I do something crazy every time – I add at least a handful more! It just never looks like enough, even though I know […]

Growing Power

Some people say knowledge is power. I say access to affordable, healthy food to grow your body and your brain is power. There’s been a lot of talk about the sustainable food movement being elitist when so many people don’t have enough to eat. Whether or not you believe that […]

Mercury in Seafood: How Do You Know How Much Fish You Can Safely Eat?

Wondering how much fish is safe to eat? I recommend following the government recommendations; not the bogus calculations from The Center for Consumer Freedom. I was first clued into the Center for Consumer Freedom’s fish and mercury calculator by Food & Water Watch’s Blog. The Center for Consumer Freedom bills […]

Q&A with Los Angeles Beekeeper, Staci Valentine

Are the bees all right? Maybe, Maybe not. But possibly the trend of urban beekeeping can save them. As colony collapse continues, sparking speculation that cell phone radiation may be one of the culprits, and a certain native bumblebee was recently formally petitioned to be protected under The Endangered Species […]

Is Boxed Wine Up to Snuff for Wine Snobs?

It’s leaner (in packaging), greener, and lighter. Shipping it uses fewer resources, so it has a lower carbon footprint. Innovative packaging means the wine lasts longer so there’s less waste. It’s unarguably cheaper than bottled wine (averaging out to less than $10 a bottle). It’s sensibly portable and completely unbreakable […]

How Investment Bankers Cause Starvation

You can forget the familiar argument about whether or not sustainable, organic agriculture can feed a growing population, or whether we need genetically modified foods to increase production. It’s nothing more than a Red Herring. It’s not that we don’t have enough food to feed the world. The problem is […]

Movie Review: Food Inc.

As someone who lives and breathes food politics, agricultural sustainability and food justice on a daily basis, even I was surprised by some of the things I saw in this film. Food Inc. explosively details exactly how the food system serves the profit motives of just a few mega corporations, […]

The Green Plate: Seasonal Superfoods

ColumnWhat to eat and when to eat it for better health and greater enjoyment. Most people know enough about nutrition to realize they are better off eating Daikon than donuts, and many have heard of “superfoods,” but beyond that very basic knowledge, how much do we know about which foods […]

Catch of the Day: Food News from Around the Web

We’ve been trolling around for news and netted some doozies. From fish oil, to updated Seafood Watch recommendations, here’s a sampler platter of recent food news morsels. Restaurant Greenwashers: We are watching you Developed by intrepid journalist Charles Clover, who brought us the film End of the Line, Fish to […]

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The Holiday Food Box: Because Everyone Loves Food Edition!

Just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving: The Box is back! Our exclusive EcoSalon shopping must-have, the curated eco product assortment known as The Box, is back, with the Holiday Food Box. We’re offering $500 worth of holiday eco-goodies for just $99 and these won’t last. That’s a […]

Last Minute Ideas for a Seamless Thanksgiving Day

To-do list: shop, prep, make easy appetizers, think now about what to do with leftovers. Your guest list is done, the menu is planned – now the fun part begins. Whether it’s vegan tofurky, a traditional elaborate menu, or the potluck path, here are some tips and ideas for making […]

Wake Up to the (Secret) Farm Bill

The Super Committee and the Secret Farm Bill. If the words “Farm Bill” make your eyes glaze over and your head start bobbing, you’re not alone, but slap yourself awake because the Farm Bill is not just for farmers; it’s for all eaters. And it matters.

Easy Tips for Using the Last of Summer’s Produce

Fun ways to ensure a waste-free harvest season. It’s a sad fact that nearly 50% of the food we grow goes to waste. Some of that is wasted in the fields, after harvest, and some in distribution. Out of the food that actually makes it to the store, we, as […]

12 Umami Boosting Secrets to Making Vegan and Vegetarian Fare Tasty

 Umami, known as the fifth taste, is what makes certain foods savory and deeply flavorful. When you taste something with complex layers of flavor that fill the mouth and satisfy the soul, it’s likely you’re tasting umami. Umami is famously present in many animal products including cheeses, aged meats like […]

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