year : 2011 26 results

RIP Lynn Margulis – Microbial Pioneer

The amazing Ms. Margulis (March 5, 1938 – November 22, 2011) was a renowned, albeit sometimes controversial, scientist who stuck to her views in the face of ridicule.  Now, her views are widely accepted.  Right on.The New York Times called her an "evolution theorist," and she referred to herself as “a spokesperson for the microcosm,” though she has also been described simply as a biologist or microbiologist.  Margulis posited that that cells with nuclei, which are known as eukary...

Chicken of the Woods & Mushroom Karma

Mushroom karma time.This year, we became obsessed with the chickeny deliciousness of theLaetiporus sulphureus – Chicken of the Woods – after we purchased some at a nearby farm stand (for $27/pound!).  They taste so much like chicken that they make vegetarians feel a little odd - like somehow they are cheats for enjoying them. So, this being a good (great) mushroom year, we set out for a quick walk in the local woods right near where we live.After a beautiful walk, but few ...

Fall has Fallen – Turning Over New Leaves

It's been exceptionally wet this year in some parts of the United States.  Here in the Northeast, terms like "biblical floods" and "once in a lifetime" have been used so often that it's clear lifetimes go fast. We're reminded of Garcia Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude, where entire dwellings are taken over by the jungle moisture.The crazy summer of earthquakes and floods has finally given way to Autumn, where weather changes and the leaves seem to be telling us that we should not become ...

Glowing Meat Anyone? Japan’s Radiation Fallout

As if there wasn't enough to worry about post-Fukushima, now the hamburgers are radioactive.  According to a New York Times story today, beef contaminated by radiation is hitting the Japanese markets.  Despite government assurances that radioactive cesium doesn't create immediate adverse health consequences, as one Japanese meat man put it, “Nobody will ever want to eat beef from Fukushima again.”  Good. Hopefully, at this point, we're all a little less ...

Teatulia – Single garden direct organic tea.

Pure do-goody tea that enjoys a serenade before it reaches your cup.Back in the day, tea meant one thing - nondescript black tea, usually in a little bag plunked into your cup. Chinese restaurants were exotic fare so if we were lucky, they served some jasmine tea in a little pot and small white cups (and washed the table with it too). Then it started.First came herbal teas, then flavored teas and then special types and artisanl tea, like the now-commonplace green and white. Apparently, ...

2011: Fancy Food Show in DC – Hot Hot Hot

Don't worry that chips, chocolates and cheese are going away anytime soon. There's something super-steamy about DC in a heat wave, especially when tempers are already rising with the budget posturing. The heat index is over 100 and it makes folks cranky. Fortunately, just a few hot blocks away was the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's Summer Show (aka the Fancy Food Show). In Washington for two years due to renovations at it's former NYC ho...

One Calorie Blubber

The Real Thing - Diet Sodas Make Us Fatties.  Ever wonder why the fattest among us often walk around with a large diet soft drink? Now an answer is suggested by science We've known it in our guts for a long time and chances are you have too.  You know all those folks scarfing down the super-sized meals along with diet drinks? They're getting fat, not only from the fries and such, but from the diet soft drinks themselves. Though it seemed so obvious, we now have ...

The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment , by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD

Over 100 seasonal, delicious recipes to make the most of your veggies. Over 100 recipes with beautiful illustrations,152 pages. Forward by Ellen Ecker Ogden.Who doesn't love vegetables? Ok, some people, but chances are even they have some vegetable they at least like, even if it's a piece of corn or a potato. And we all know, having been told ad nauseum, that we really should be eating more vegetables, especially the ones that are not poisoned, treated or altered to the point of being dull, ...

Puckery and Refreshing: Rhubarb Maple Cocktail

We may be at the waning days of rhubarb where we live, but fortunately, we're ready for a rhubarb maple cocktail that's definitely worth a toast to the Summer to come. This fabulous and refreshing beverage, recently served to guests at a Washington DC charity event, comes from Tess Rose, the founder and creative force behind PalateTrip, wine, spirits and food event specialty consultations and projects.  Tess, a regular contributor to Brooklyn Cocktails Examiner, really showed us her ...

World Hunger & What We Know Now

Almost a billion people go hungry today... and that's the good news apparently. According to a recent Oxfam report, the worst is coming with food prices soaring while the mega food companies enjoy enormous profits. Something's wrong.In the wake of numerous reports about food cost increases, including the from the UN's food and agriculture organization, Oxfam has added its voice with a lengthy report explaining how things are just going to get worse.  Apparently, while mega companies ...