Archive for the ‘Food’ Category


Reading this article I was reminded of when I was a kid and we use to play in the woods. There was this field that unfortunately is now houses but, back then it was full of berries.

These days if I’m looking for berries we do so when we’re up at our cabin. We can usually find them along the dirt road that leads to our cabin.

Anyway, the article that took back to my childhood is entitled “Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry” by Hope Jahrenaug over at the New York Times. Back to a place where time didn’t always matter.



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Food for thought

So tonight I was asked what I’m going to have for dinner? Honestly, I had no idea but I ended up grilling a turkey and cheese sandwich on flatbread. Pretty much the same kind of sandwich I had for lunch, along with some grapes.

That said however, I realized that after reading the article entitled “Japan’s amazing school lunch program is ab out more than just eating” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger that maybe I need to expand my horizons on lunch & dinner and not just for me but also my kids.



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Starring at the kitchen table

I am actually sitting next to my kitchen table right now and looking at it reminds me how tight my food budget is most of the time. Sitting on the table are hamburger and hotdog buns from this weekend and that it turns reminds me that I need to use up the food I have left over from this weekend before it goes bad.

This afternoon I had the last piece of quiche I made on Friday along with the last hamburger from July 4th. My plans for tomorrow are to have the corn that’s also from Saturday and to use up the rest of the ground turkey to make a couple more hamburgers for lunch. The hot dog buns will be thrown in the freezer. I’m also going going to make some egg salad to use up more of the hamburger buns (again, with the rest going in the freezer). Now where was I?

Oh year, the article that I read today is entitled “Change your shopping habits to reduce food waste” Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. Thankfully, I try and do this though with three kids, it’s hard sometimes.



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Spring is just around the corner

It is, I feel it. In fact, I’ve started thinking about what to plant this year in our long awaited garden. Just the other day I found our High Mowing Organic Seed catalog and tonight I found our Missouri Wildflowers Nursery catalog.

Now while I’m going to sit down with the kids this weekend to decide what we’re going to order, I really wish I could just go to the library instead and check out some seeds. This is a great article that I found last year entitled “Libraries Offer Weird Things to Draw New Borrowers” by Greg Toppo at USA Today.



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One if by land, two if by sea

Unlike the original meaning of that phrase regarding the british, it seems like today the same can be said about how the next disaster that is approaching across the United States. Maybe one if by water or two if by fire. You could also add three for the wind?

Depending on where you live, it could be one or more. For those out west there is this article, “Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Thousands in Northern Los Angeles County” by Jennifer Preston over at The Lede, a New York Times blog.

While here in the midwest we have the overflowing Mighty Mississippi River.  For the latest on what it’s doing, check out “Rising Rivers Flooding Parts of St. Louis Area” over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Just tonight in fact, a levy broke over in Alton, Illinois.

Finally, in the south and again in the midwest, we have the heartbreaking story entitled “Chasing the Storm but Hoping not to Catch it” by Michael Schwirtz also in the New York Times. What’s even more disconcerting is that hurricane season is also just beginning.

Take care and be safe!


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Second Season

When I saw this article, I knew I still had a chance and so this weekend, I’m going to give it one more chance. Here’s my inspiration, it’s entitled “Second Season Planting Offer a Second Chance at a Vegetable Garden this Year” By Ramon Gonzalez at Treehugger.

Another article that is giving me a nice swift kick is “16 Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Garden” by Maria Rodale at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.

Finally, when I heard this week’s Earthworms show (with  guest gardener Janisse Gardener) by Jean Ponzi over at 88.1 KDHX, I said that’s it. Now what should I plant?

Happy Gardening!


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For most, summer is here

As the wildfire continues to spread across New Mexico and other parts of the southwest, we realize that summer is here.

Just like last year, it appears that Texas is headed towards another dry year as we see in this story, “Drought in California and Texas Threatens US Food Security” by Timon Singh at Inhabitat.

Meanwhile, here in the midwest some are calling it adrought” in this article “Missouri farmers battling ‘flash drought’” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Finally, lets not forget that the fire continues to rage on in New Mexico and as Philip Conners talked about in his book Fire Season: Fieldnotes from a Wilderness Lookout, we still have a lot to learn. This article over at Yahoo! today entitled “Record NM Blaze Studied for Forest Management” by Susan Montoya Bryan via the Associated Press only confirms that.
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Local food

I just found out through my brother this weekend, when the kids and I were over there for Easter, that Local Harvest is coming to Kirkwood. There’s also an article on it entitled “Local Harvest to Expand to Kirkwood” at the Webster Kirkwood Times.

Good stuff!


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Picking out seeds

While my life remains in somewhat disarray, my daughter decided to pick out seeds to plant at home on our last visit to the local hardware store and as I again worked to organize my backpack, I came across another relevant article. This one entitled “The Good Seed: Why Care about a Little Ol’ Seed” by Eric Steinman over at Care2. Good reading.

Happy Planting!


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Feels like spring

So okay, it’s not spring but with winter solstice behind us and the sun out the last couple of days, it reminds me of spring which in turn has gotten me to think about gardening. So with that in mind, here are a couple of nice articles on the subject of gardens.

First up, there is a nice story on community gardens over at the Grist entitled “Jenga Mwendo Grows Community in New Orleans” by Paula Crossfield at the Grist. The other story is a littler closer to home for me and actually more about the end results of a garden entitled “North Side Grocery Aims High” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sunny Days!

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