Category Archives: food

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

ShareTweet When Jack was a toddler, he ate nothing. His bizarre diet was limited to cream of tomato soup and apple sauce. The only way he would even entertain consuming anything else, including meat of any kind, even dinosaur shaped, was if the protein was smothered in maple syrup. We went through gallons of mapleContinue Reading

Longhouse Food Revival: the Woodstock of Food

Longhouse Food Revival: the Woodstock of Food

ShareTweet Woodstock was before my time and Lollapalooza is something my babysitters attend.¬†I’m not brave enough to even contemplate Burning Man. But the Longhouse Food Revival is right up my alley: it has been billed as the Woodstock of food. Imagine a pretty red barn, a few fluffy sheep dogs, and over a hundred foodContinue Reading

Door to Door Organics Back to School Giveaway #SnackAttactics

ShareTweet This year, I’m almost as much in denial about the rapid approach of back to school as my children. June crawled along, July blinked by, and now August seems to be on fast forward, the kind with the four arrows. We’re ducking all school supply purchases, and instead¬†focusing on groceries and starting the yearContinue Reading

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

Hormones in Beef Production: a Candid Video from the Beef Belt

ShareTweet A few months ago, I traveled to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn more about beef production in America. During the trip, we had a very candid conversation about hormone implants and antibiotic use with Dr. Paul Defoor, COO of Cactus Industries, a company that manages large cattle feed yardsContinue Reading

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