Category Archives: food

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

ShareTweet Last week, I headed to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn about cattle ranching. I went to witness where our food comes from, to learn about how agriculture is changing, and to banish the fear in my purchasing decisions. Fear and guilt should have no place at the table atContinue Reading

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

ShareTweet On March 8, the second season of the Heartland Table began airing on Food Network. The show is filmed in Chef Amy Thielen’s Minnesota cabin, thousands of miles away from the New York City kitchens were she was worked for culinary superstars like Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley. Thielens’ Midwestern rootsContinue Reading

Food and Tech: Five Food Apps for Better Eating

Food and Tech: Five Food Apps for Better Eating

ShareTweet To conclude my tech focus for the week, I want to talk about my favorite food apps. Whether you use your phone, home computer, or tablet to cook in the kitchen, these are apps that will improve the way you eat, both at home and out. They function on the Apple IOs, Windows IOs,Continue Reading

The New Face of Pig Farming: Food Produced from the Heart

The New Face of Pig Farming: Food Produced from the Heart

ShareTweet Do you worry about the meat you find at the supermarket? Debate the benefits of grass fed versus corn fed? Have concerns about hormones and antibiotics? I certainly do. Every time I shop, whether its at the Jewel Osco around the corner or Whole Foods a block away, I struggle with every item IContinue Reading

#CookChilean Foods from Chile Summer Challenge

#CookChilean Foods from Chile Summer Challenge

ShareTweet This week I have a really fun cooking challenge to get both you and me inspired. All you need to do is come up with a wild recipe idea and you could win a crate full of foods from Chile! Take two seconds to look at this ingredient list, leave a recipe idea inContinue Reading

Food Blog Forum Recap: Could Pinterest Be the New SEO?

Food Blog Forum Recap: Could Pinterest Be the New SEO?

ShareTweet Food Blog Forum 2013 in Orlando was amazing, as amazing you would think a food blogger conference at Disney would be. Stalk Julie from the Little Kitchen immediately if you haven’t already been following her gorgeous site, to not miss any details for 2014 FBF registration, in Asheville, NC. Tickets sold out in lessContinue Reading

Food as Medicine: Your Favorite Comfort Food Recipes Needed Stat

Food as Medicine: Your Favorite Comfort Food Recipes Needed Stat

ShareTweet When people are sick, my first instinct is to feed them: big bowls of chicken tortellini soup, hot challah from the oven, creamy spaghetti bolognese. Watching my father being fed the same vanilla flavored nutrition liquid through a nasal tube for the last five months has been one of the many painful aspects ofContinue Reading

Quotes and Optimism From Michael Pollan on Cooked Book Tour

Quotes and Optimism From Michael Pollan on Cooked Book Tour

ShareTweet On Sunday night, I headed to Elmhurst College with Emily Paster to hear Michael Pollan discuss his latest book, Cooked. Although I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan, I was a tad apprehensive. I was tired, mind churning with the planning to get through the busy week that would begin in the morning. IContinue Reading

Sumo Oranges: Stalk Them and Hunt Them Down Before It’s Too Late

Sumo Oranges: Stalk Them and Hunt Them Down Before It’s Too Late

ShareTweet Last February, I was trawling the fruit bins of my Whole Foods when a Whole Foods employee tempted me with the ugliest orange I’d ever seen. It was bulbous, misshapen and fat. The little sticker labeling it a sumo orange struggled to cling to its deeply dimpled skin. In spite of the sumo’s look,Continue Reading

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

Cinnamon Infused Olive Oil and Dreams of Chile

ShareTweet The weather in Chicago has been brutally cold for the last week. The cold is slowly taking over the house. We’ve been adding layers and wearing slippers, but the best way to beat back the chill is to cook and fill the house with great smells that suggest warm weather climate. Spices make meContinue Reading

A Mom’s Dairy Adventure: Milk From Farm to Fridge

A Mom’s Dairy Adventure: Milk From Farm to Fridge

ShareTweet What type of milk do you buy for your family? Whole? 2%? Skim? Do you buy organic or conventional? Or do you reach for soy, almond, or even hemp milk in your dairy case? Having so many choices and so many conflicting news reports to sort through has made purchasing milk an overwhelmingly complicatedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Do You Know Where Your Milk Comes From?

Do You Know Where Your Milk Comes From?

ShareTweet As a mother and foodie, I want to know as much as I can about where my food comes from. I’ll travel to farms near and far to see first hand how our food is produced. Our relationship with food is increasingly tinged with fear and guilt. I met a woman recently who wasContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Peeking Into the World of Hog Farming

Peeking Into the World of Hog Farming

ShareTweet Have you ever wondered what the inside of a modern hog farm looks like? I was more than a little nervous last week when I set off to visit the Wuebker Family Farm, but was pleasantly surprised by what I saw, smelled, and learned during the trip. While I probably wouldn’t pick a weekendContinue Reading

Sensory Overload on the Pork Sustainability Tour

Sensory Overload on the Pork Sustainability Tour

ShareTweet What was your most memorable pork foodie moment? That question kicked off the Pork Checkoff Sustainable Pork Farm Tour that I attended for the last two days, a trip that brought together six bloggers to get up close and personal with hundreds of sows and their adorable pink piglets in the heart of OhioContinue Reading

Ask Pork Questions to Feed the Hungry

Ask Pork Questions to Feed the Hungry

ShareTweet Do you have any questions about how pork is raised? Share them here and you’ll be helping to feed hungry families. I’ll be headed to Ohio in a few weeks along with a few other bloggers as a guest of the National Pork Board. We’ll be traveling to the Wuebker Farm to learn aboutContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Crowdsourcing 4th of July Inspiration from Pinterest

Crowdsourcing 4th of July Inspiration from Pinterest

ShareTweet Pinterest is the new mindless flipping through a magazine, a delicious way to lose time. Seconds turn into minutes magically while the beautiful images tile by in front of your eyes. And while it can seem like a complete waste of time, Pinterest is a great place to get entertaining ideas for special eventsContinue Reading

Proud to Be a Ziplist Featured Partner

ShareTweet What apps have made your life easier? When I first got my iPhone, I loaded it with apps. But the truth is, other than email and texting there are only a handful of apps that have actually made my life easier. Don’t get me wrong, I get my nightly Scramble with friends fix, butContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Getting Real with Meat

Getting Real with Meat

ShareTweet Eating healthy by increasing the amount of whole foods in our diets is a goal many of us have. We make little changes, join CSAs, go to the farmer’s market, but it’s a long journey, filled with scary doomsday predictions, and higher food bills. It’s a journey that our family has been on forContinue Reading