Monday, September 22, 2014

Melissa Clark's caramelized lemon pasta!

I love Melissa Clark's recipes and her short videos are outstanding.  Here's one for a basic caramelized lemon pasta that easy, sustainable (use Meyer lemons!) and she explains why she cooks it the way she does.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

pomegranate rice!

Here's a discovery to share: pomegranate rice!

While cooking 'jazz' before a last-minute dinner party last week I scrambled around the kitchen and fridge looking for things that needed to be eaten.

I had three well ripened pomegranates lying around.  Took the seeds out and threw them in with a few cups of rice that was cooked with a rice cooker.  Amazing.

Tried it again last night but my pomegranates were not as sweet so I added a drizzle of pomegranate syrup and BOOM...a very nice accompaniment to the grilled wild salmon we had last night with friends.

The perils of non-scientific thinking...

I've written before about the value and importance of evidence-based thinking. A friend just sent me a link to a rather shocking article by Gary Baum writing in the Hollywood Reporter about rapidly declining vaccination rates in the elite schools of the Westside in Los Angeles (where I live).  In popular talks I note that non-scientific thinking is not a 'red' or 'blue' issue--it's rampant and I use the example of low vaccination rates in the Westside. Baum's article is a wake-up call for science-based policy and decision making.  Read and discuss it at your next party!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiny...the movie

Just saw the film Tiny last night: excellent and conversation provoking film about what size live we want to have.  The film's about the tiny house movement (imagine living in 100 square feet!) but really it's about what our goals and aspirations are.  Check it out!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

American dietary guidelines and greenhouse gasses

If Americans altered their menus to conform to federal dietary recommendations, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases tied to agricultural production could increase significantly, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers.

Read more in the Science Daily.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eat organic because production is good for the environment

The organic 'debate' continues!  Here's the latest I've read in Vox.

Take home for me--fewer pesticides are good but more importantly the production of organic food is better for us all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eating unwashed fruit is better than eating junk food...

According to a report in the Huffington Post...check it out!

Of course, this raises the larger issue of pesticides in agriculture...which is really what the piece is about!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Help save a grass-fed bison farm in California

It's always hard to buck the trends and I've just learned about the Linder's organic, grass-fed bison farm  near Mt. Lassen in northern California.  They've been selling their natural bison at LA Farmer's Market but unless they get some outside financial help, they'll be forced to cull their herd.  The trouble is that their well broke and shipping in hay to feed their bison is prohibitively expensive. They are risking the loss of their herd and farm.  The story's and their request for help is here: