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Silencing ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills

I want to shed some light on an  appalling trend in legislation, that has emerged in the last 12 months: Ag-Gag bills.  I’m hoping that with a catchy name, people will listen and lobbyists won’t have a fighting chance of getting more of these nonsense bills passed. Basically, Ag-Gag is a term for any proposed […]

Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth

Many coconut chicken recipes require frying and smothering chicken with dense, heavy (calorie laden) sauces.  My recipe, however, is lighter but with a strong coconut flavor at a reasonable caloric value. Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth Serves 8 ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 cups panko bread crumbs ¾ […]

5 ways the government could improve our food system (and health)

As you probably know, the US is at a fiscal critical moment.  One of the major discussions in this year’s election debates is what programs should or should not be cut from the federal budget.  The Farm Bill costs the federal government about $300 billion dollars – 15% of which (aka $45 billion) is spent […]

Myth: to get enough iron, you need to eat red meat

TRUTH: It’s true that some Americans don’t get enough iron (i.e. menstruating women) and some get way too much (creating cancer-causing free radicals).  Though, it’s not because we’re lacking sufficient red meat intake. First, let’s be clear about red meat consumption in the U.S.  It’s very high; too high in fact.  Most Americans consume about […]

Ethically Eating Meat

As many of you probably know by now, the New York Times launched an essay contest this week, asking writers to make a case for why it’s ethical to eat meat.  I think this is a phenomenal idea.  Am I entering the contest? No.  But, I think a lot of people will and will make […]

Recipe: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Feast

Though I strongly feel that as far as holidays go, Valentine’s Day is as Hallmark as it gets, it’s impossible to ignore.  Many of you probably have romantic dining-out plans and others are probably attending some other anti-Valentine’s Day soiree.  For those of you who haven’t planned an elaborate celebration of love, here’s a delicious […]

Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Brussels Sprouts and Turkey

Chipotle chili is a delicious (and underused) ingredient that is simply made by smoking jalapenos.  Generally, chipotles come in two forms: a dried powder, or canned an adobo sauce.  Adobo is nothing more than a spice an herb combo of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar.  Usually though, it has a lot of salt.  I’m […]

A Tale of Two Turkeys

In September of 1620, the passengers of the Mayflower set sail from England to Massachusetts.  The first year was difficult; they spent most of the winter on the ship and emerged around March when the weather improved.  Luckily for the Pilgrims, a Native American Indian, named Squanto, taught them to cultivate corn, fish, tap maple […]

Recipe: Fresh Cranberry Relish with Orange Zest

There aren’t too many fall and winter fruits in the northeast and cranberries are my favorite winter berry (and the only).  My problem with most cranberry sauces (especially those at Thanksgiving feasts) is that they’re clumpy, jelly-like blobs with chunks of fruit that vaguely resemble cranberries.  I’m just generally not a fan of unrecognizable foods […]

Recipe: Baked Eggplant and Spiced Turkey

This ­recipe is a light take on a classic Greek dish.  Traditionally made with fried eggplant, potatoes, and spiced meat in a cream sauce, my version doesn’t sacrifice flavor but has significantly fewer calories.  I created it haphazardly, with the ingredients I happen to have in my kitchen at the time.  Personally, I think it […]