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Climate Change on Your Plate

I read that red salmon practically vanished from Alaska this year. They were once abundant, and clockwork-dependable and now, nada. It's not just the fish. Other species are suffering, whales and manatees and so much declining, becoming extinct from under us.What's happening feels so big. Recycling and cutting out plastic straws is a step but not a big one.If we really want to do something, it's time to look at the facts about the environment and what we eat.A haunting article in ...

Peach Upside-Down Cake for an Upturned World

You don't need to read a food blog to know things are a little out of kilter these days. Political hurricanes, blazing fires, intense heat and drenching storms are all on top of terrorism threats and the largest refugee crises humanity has known. Face it, we need cake!We agree, peaches are delicious eaten fresh, juicy and sweet all on their own. We've been downing them daily this way for weeks.  Plus we've been freezing, making spicy chutney and enjoying peaches in fruit salad.  Still, ...

Happy Morning Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes (Vegan)

Staring at our fifteen pounds of fresh-picked organic blueberries is a summer treat that allows us to stuff our faces with handfuls at a time.  The freezer is loaded and still there are more.This fluffy pancake recipe, topped with pure maple syrup, uses these most delicious berries to create the classic morning comfort food.   Why not eat, enjoy, then crawl back into bed and lounge? Decadent, yes but oh so lovely...INGREDIENTS:1 Cup All Purpose Flour (or preferred variety)1 ...

White Acre Peas and Butter Beans: A Southern Summer Treat

Peas and beans please. Not your ordinary English peas, green beans or even the popular snap peas with their edible pods.  These are Southern peas and butter beans, with creamy texture and smooth taste. They are both cooked the same way here.Southern peas are also called field peas or cowpeas, and if you're lucky, you can find them fresh off the vines and shelled. Serving up a delicious mouthful perfect with hot cornbread, White Acre Peas are a treat from well below the Mason-Dixon line, ...

Creamy Potato Red Pepper Spinach Tart

This vegan, soy-free tart is quiche-like and very rich and perfect for a Spring luncheon or Summer evening meal. It can be varied with different vegetables to make it your own in every season. How about butternut squash and leeks for Autumn or tomatoes and peas for a change?  While the ingredient list looks long, the recipe isn't complicated. It's just a matter of layering everything together.It's kid-friendly but also pairs well with a crisp white wine and of course, a big crunchy salad. ...

We Tried 3 Vegan Matzo Ball Recipes and Here’s the Results

Rarely are the absence of eggs a hurdle in our world. Cakes and baked goods are fine without them as are pancakes and other treats. Even macaroons are well served with aquafaba. But oh those matzo balls. Try using a mix with your standard egg replacers and you'll quickly discover they will disintegrate in the boiling water or soup.Still we were determined. A few internet searches and we came up with three recipes worth trying. (As an aside, we were not even going to try any of them made ...

Is Nano-Tech a Ticking Time Bomb?

How Safe is Nano-Tech?   Nanotechnology is here. Nano operates in the Quantum Realm, where physics gets strange, the world isn’t always as it seems and particles can exist in two places at once. What you might not know is that it’s everywhere in products from food to makeup to clothing. Is nanotechnology a ticking time bomb?Nano is not like anything found in nature. Nano-particles cannot be seen, even under an ordinary microscope. Different chemical, physical and even biologic ...

Fava Spinach Soup: A Cold Weather Pantry Foray

It’s ridiculously freezing outside, with temps in the teens and lower.  When I ran outside for a second to get something, I remembered the steamy warmth that soup brings.  A quick visit to the pantry and I spied some fava beans and some summer canned tomatoes and this soup was born.  With the addition of spinach, potatoes, onion and garlic, it’s a hearty soup that pairs well with some crusty bread or a salad.NOTE ON DRIED FAVA BEANS:  Fava beans are high in dietary fiber, protein, ...

Crispy Make-Ahead Vegan Latkes: It’s Time!

It's Christmas, it's Hanukkah, it's New Year's. That means it's time to indulge in tasty delights with family and friends. In other words, time for latkes, the crispy potato and onion patties fried to perfection. More than other foods, latkes are part of the core Jewish tradition, at least in the USA.  Most commonly, they are made with an egg or two to bind the  grated potatoes and onions together though there are variations. These tasty bites use flour and an optional egg-replacer to ...

Crunchy Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Vegan)

It's cold. In these parts, it's also snowing. What to do in addition to getting the boots on and shovel out? Eat cookies, of course. Cookies are one of those sweet treats that can provide the perfect combo of decadence, crunch and flavor.  Being small, it's also easy to engage in portion control. Just one, one more and again. If you want to feel even better about eating them, call them "biscuits" as they do in many parts of the world - it practically sounds like a healthy main course...