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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 ...

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 ...

Ten More Products We Saw at Expo West that We Bet You Haven’t Tried

Expo West last month in Anaheim was a bonanza of products including many that are new and unusual. Here's ten more that you probably haven't heard of... in addition to the ones we mentioned in our earlier post here.Arette Tea Seed Oil -- Yet another oil touted for its benefits as well as its flavor, Arette brings several varieties to the market. They claim it one of the most nutritious and healthiest edible oils, with a high percentage of unsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, has a ...

Fall Plums Love (Vegan) Tarts

As we say hello to Autumn, we must make our peace with the last of the summer flavors. Gone are the peaches and berries, the sweet corn and melons. Fortunately, Fall is prime time for fruits like apples, pears and those fleeting late Italian prune plums.So begins the annual Fall Plum Tart, modeled on the famous New York Times recipe. They  call it torte; I call it tart. Take your pick. It's super easy and will impress every time.For years, a variation of this sweet and tangy plum ...

Spring Fiddles – So Fitting

It's a rite of Spring. Bring back the green and sing a song. In our neck of the woods, it also means a hunt for some fresh fiddlehead ferns, unfurling their spiral goodness.A cross between spinach, asparagus and just plain freshness, the fiddleheads combine perfectly with garlic. We tried them here with some sliced shiitakes, amping up the protein and flavor. Simple and fresh, you could also combine with pasta for a complete and easy meal.So, celebrate Spring, break out the fiddles and ...

More Fish-Friendly Vegan ‘Tuna’ Salad… This Time with Tofu

Oddly, though I ate my share of tuna fish salad before going vegan, usually on toast, it was not close to my top sandwich choice.  These days, I find myself enjoying the vegan versions far more than I ever did actual fish-based recipes.Real tuna are being rapidly depleted by overfishing, with some Bluefin varieties pushing extinction.  Plus, tuna often contains mercury and other metals that come from our contaminated seas.  And many state tuna feel pain as they are slaughtered. Just a ...

Spicy Radish Kimchi aka Kkakdugi

Wikipedia explains that Kkakdugi  is a Korean kimchi side dish reportedly developed by a princess wife in the 18th Century.   Of course.Having recently been gifted two giant daikon radishes (which are not the traditional Korean radish but close enough for us), we remembered the delicious radish kimchi sample we had from Mother-in-Laws and figured, “How hard could this be?”Crunchy, tangy and spicy, this is one of those recipes that is ridiculously easy and is a great condiment that ...

It’s Time! Easy Roasted Tomatoes

We've reached the height of summer , the time when the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them fresh, the garlic has been mostly harvested and the basil is abundant.  That means it's the beginning of Tomato Roasting Season.A cross between fresh and sun-dried, roasted tomatoes have an intense flavor and residual juiciness, making them perfect on their own, in salads or as ingredients in other dishes (say zucchini stuffed with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts).  Another bonus - even ...

Love Giving Thanks: Turkey Thoughts

You gotta love Thanksgiving.  Delicious food, gratitude, and generosity joyous enough, but to top it off, there's pie.  Yum!Yet, for the last few years, come this time of year, we start to think about a New York Times piece a few years back about the "humane" slaughtering that certain “privileged” turkeys experience. We’re talking the 1%ers here.  It may or may not be news to you but some fancy NY Hudson Valley (and similar local farm) birds get a one-two blessing of a higher ...

Classic Tuna Salad – Minus the Fish (Vegan)

What could be more retro and comforting than a tuna salad sandwich?  Chunky tuna, tangy mayo, chopped celery on toasted bread with a pickle and chips on the side?  Yum.Yet, not only is tuna one of those mercury-heavy fish (not so good for anyone, especially kids), the unrelenting quest for sandwiches has meant countless dolphins, turtles, sharks, seabirds and more snared in the tuna trawls along with massive amount of bycatch (that’s the industry word for marine life caught as a ...