I have been known to walk around harrumphing the words: “In other countries…”  I’m usually lamenting some sort of public health protection that is afforded residents of other places, that our Powers that Be choose to ignore.  Since no one likes listening to a rant, I try to confine them to my home.  (Sorry, Family.)   Sometimes I take a little break from the news, because it’s hard to be the perpetual bearer of the bad kind.  I prefer to focus on positive interventions, or at least alternatives that are healthier for our bodies and our planet. [click to continue…]

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Tomato pie has been a family favorite for years.  If you simmer the tomatoes for a long time, they develop an almost-burned, complex flavor. The onions are caramelized to add a sweetness that complements the salty Parmesan cheese. You can make your favorite pie crust, too. This time I opted for a corn crust made with organic masa harina and butter, but I usually just make a wheat flour crust. Expect people to ask for seconds. [click to continue…]

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Geoengineering, or “Climate Intervention,” is a hot topic these days.  Purposefully manipulating the environment to offset global warming could have both intended and unintended outcomes.  In an effort to keep rising sea levels, droughts and floods from spinning out of control, proposed projects range from reflecting sunlight to capturing and storing greenhouse gases.  Maybe you’ve heard of man-made clouds of sulfate particles (think simulated volcanic eruptions) or schemes to fertilize the oceans with iron to feed carbon dioxide-trapping phytoplankton.  Would climate intervention help avert or slow vast species extinctions or food and clean water shortages?

Something as seemingly benign as capturing and storing greenhouse gases may sound beneficial, but we can’t fully predict how our tinkering with the climate on a large scale might affect plants, animals, and weather patterns around the globe.  Scientists warn that while we may be able to stop or reverse net global warming, the resulting world temperature distribution could look quite different.  Some detractors of geoengineering also caution that relying upon technology makes us less inclined to take care of our environment proactively, as individuals and countries. [click to continue…]

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I’ve often started a meal in an Indian restaurant with savory Mulligatawny soup.  Last night I had a hankering for this hearty, spicy Anglo-Indian soup and decided to see if I could make it taste the way I think it should.  I’m pleased to say that, with a healthy dose of lime juice and chili powder, it was exactly what I was hoping for.  Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients; this soup cooks up fairly quickly.

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I’ve been trying my hand at making felted beads.  They’re so pretty and relatively easy to make.  I’m planning to turn my beads into jewelry for gifts.  Children love to help out, especially since there’s water involved!  I’m hoping to get a good collection of colors and sizes to string into a necklace for my grandmother.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Emotional

The United Nations Climate Change Summit in Cancun, Mexico will be wrapping up this week.  I’m not proud to say that this important conference has barely made the news here in the United States.  For how long can we choose as a nation to approach climate change as this man has?

Head stuck in the sand

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Dear FDA,

I know my wish list is long, but in my perfect world, the Food and Drug Administration would concentrate on helping us make informed decisions about the food we choose to eat.  Do you think you could make a few changes? [click to continue…]

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Brussels sprouts:  Some people love them and some people, well… not so much.  Give these Brussels sprouts a try. If you’re already a Brussels sprouts lover, you’ll be in heaven; if not, you might just convert.  While these dolled-up Brussels sprouts make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, they are also a great dinner vegetable all season long. [click to continue…]

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Does cheese eat grass?

I just know that one of these days someone is going to ask me how butter can eat grass.  I can’t contain my excitement about grass-fed milk, cream, butter and cheese.  And, I’m always gushing about the pleasures of pastured eggs and humanely-raised bacon.  But, even I laughed out loud when I saw a sign advertising “grass-fed meatloaf.”  Now that’s one dedicated cow! [click to continue…]

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I’m perplexed. I’ve been trying to track down the source of some mercury and need help finding it. Is mercury still contaminating some sources of high fructose corn syrup?  The game is afoot! [click to continue…]

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