Here’s a quick method for making strawberry — or any berry — shortcake.  It uses very little sugar, too.  What’s neat about this recipe is that the biscuits are practically foolproof — no need to worry about over-beaten, tough cakes, because these ones are made with heavy cream instead of butter.  They’ll be light and tender every time.  How can you go wrong with strawberries and cream?  [click to continue…]

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Our town’s elementary school is about to be renovated.  With wireless technology taking off like a flash flood, I thought it was time to collect some resources in support of keeping the building wired for internet connections.  I’m concerned about the possible health effects of wireless technology for our children.  While we don’t hear too much about the drawbacks of Wi-Fi in the United States, other countries are taking the risk seriously.  That’s just it:  We don’t know how “risky” this convenient technology is. Until we know more, perhaps we should favor caution over convenience for the sake of our children and keep wireless networks out of our schools. [click to continue…]

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lettuce growing

Quiz:

1)  Do you have access to tender spring lettuce leaves?

2)  Do you love butter?

If you answered “yes” to both of the previous questions, then this easy salad is for you!  Even if you don’t have your own crop, butter lettuce or a spring mix would work well, too.  I’m telling you, it’s E-Z. And divine. [click to continue…]

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the job of parenting.  As a mom, I’m always trying to find the right balance between holding on and letting go; worrying and relaxing; and encouraging vs. teaching (sometimes admonishing).  When it comes to nutrition, I’m a mess.

First off, here’s a disclaimer:  I’m going to come off as a huge food snob.  Now that you’ve been warned, let me say in my defense that I’ve conducted a boatload of research in the last few years.  The sometimes astonishing facts I’ve learned have changed the way I view food and health.  Most importantly, there’s no going back.  I feel a responsibility to myself and to my family not to ignore what I’ve learned. [click to continue…]

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April, 22, Earth Day, has been set aside as a day to celebrate Earth’s natural environment. As a child I asked my mother when “Children’s Day” was only to learn that, in her opinion,  every day is Children’s Day.  I guess I feel the same way about Earth Day — at least that we should take care of our planet every day of the year and not just on April 22nd.  That being said, I think that any day dedicated to raising awareness of Earth’s natural environment is an excellent idea.

So, in honor of Earth Day, 2011, I’m linking to some really cool ideas that may help us tread a little more lightly on this wonderful planet. [click to continue…]

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We love ghee in our house.  Also called “clarified butter” or “butter oil,” ghee is a delicious fat with a long shelf life.  Ghee is butter with the water and solids removed.  Highly prized in South Asian cooking, ghee also has a long tradition of Ayurvedic and modern Hindu religious use.  Ghee made from the cream of cows that eat grass is an excellent source of vitamins A, E, D and K2.  Pastured ghee is also high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may be protective against cancer and heart disease.  [click to continue…]

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We’ve all heard the adage that we are only as old as we feel.  I believe that chronological age tells us very little other than what popular culture we have shared with peers of our youth.  One person’s forty years can look an awful lot like another’s seventy, depending on the genetic luck of the draw and how well we choose to take care of ourselves.  While a good diet and and active lifestyle are usually linked to better health and longevity, the mind-body connection also plays an important part in overall well-being. Optimism, relaxation, humor, persistence and high self-esteem doubtlessly predict a better quality of life.  Can a positive outlook and a belief we are capable of performing “younger” tasks actually make it so? [click to continue…]

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Want an immediate energy boost?  Try clearing a little space in your home.  I’ll be the first to admit that my family has a clutter problem, but we’re working on it.  Last week I bribed my son to get rid a large box of his possessions in exchange for a new yo-yo. I saw a gain of space in a too-cramped bedroom; he saw a coveted tool to perform better tricks. Those little plastic toys, ancient Valentines and preschool art projects held special meaning for him and he was brave to let them go.  While he still has plenty of mementos decorating his room, it feels better now.

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I’m sharing some of my favorite sources of health and safety information.  These are go-to lists for looking up everything from where to find great local produce to how to avoid GMOs.  Whether you’re trying to find a good source of local blueberries or the safest teething toy, I hope you’ll find these resources useful. [click to continue…]

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Chili con Cocoa

by Ellen

Cocoa Chili

Chili is a wonderfully warming winter food.  We eat it all summer, too!  This version includes a hint of cocoa to give it a rich, complex flavor.  If you’re a chocoholic, you’ll love it.  The chili powder and cocoa complement each other beautifully.  Choose your meat, or leave it out all together.  For an easy dinner, this chili can be thrown together quickly and it doesn’t even need to simmer for very long. [click to continue…]

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