Recipe: Squash blossom and sweet corn fritters

I’ve always loved squash blossoms as nostalgia by proxy.  My mom remembers her Italian grandmother cooking the blossoms for Sunday night dinner in her south Philadelphia kitchen.  I’ve also cooked them before, stuffing the blossoms with goat cheese and frying them in olive oil, for a kind of crispy outside with a soft, tender inside. Continue reading “Recipe: Squash blossom and sweet corn fritters”

Recipe: (Extra) Green Goddess Dip

Hi there, world!  I haven’t posted anything in quite a bit because I’ve been in graduate school, a completely rewarding and eye-opening experience that also unfortunately ate all of my free time.  I spent an intense year studying public health and more specifically, nutrition and food access. My interests in sustainability, food production, and overconsumptionContinue reading “Recipe: (Extra) Green Goddess Dip”

Organic? Natural? Confused!

What is organic food versus non-GMO? What does the word ‘natural’ mean on a food product?  I would wager that every person who has been to a grocery store has been confused by the labels on the sea of products on the shelves. It’s important to always read the ingredients label and to really consider what is printedContinue reading “Organic? Natural? Confused!”

Friday Favorite: Tolerant Lentil Pasta

I love me some pasta.  Picture the Cookie Monster going to town on some chocolate chip cookies, and that’s pretty much me every time I’m around macaroni and cheese or spaghetti pomodoro.  It’s delicious, filling, and works with all kinds of sauces as well as in soups and in casseroles.  So what’s a girl toContinue reading “Friday Favorite: Tolerant Lentil Pasta”

Recipe: Cashew Broccoli Stirfry

I like meat, but sometimes I just don’t feel like I need or crave it in my meal.  And it seems from recent research that skipping meat a few times a week is fine, even healthier (psssst…Americans eat too much protein). Asian cuisine is one of my favorites, and I’m always tempted by the cashew chicken or theContinue reading “Recipe: Cashew Broccoli Stirfry”

Bag It Up

How many plastic bags do you use in an average week?  It may be more than you realize.  Think about buying green beans or apples at the grocery store — what do you put that loose produce in?  How do you bag your groceries when you leave the store?  And if you bring grapes orContinue reading “Bag It Up”

Recipe: Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Vegetables

This noodle dish is like an Asian version of pasta primavera.  Just whole wheat noodles, fresh veggies, and a slightly tangy and savory dressing.  It’s great for leftovers because it’s meant to be eaten cold, and the flavors continue to meld together after day one.  You can substitute your favorite vegetables or whatever is inContinue reading “Recipe: Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Vegetables”

Recipe: Cous Cous with Collard Greens & Squash

One of my favorite stalls to visit at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market every Sunday is New Morning Farm.  The organic farm in south-central Pennsylvania produces fruit, vegetables, and herbs that are always colorful and flavorful.  The other week, I received a Twitter message from the farm challenging me and some other local bloggers toContinue reading “Recipe: Cous Cous with Collard Greens & Squash”

Water Bottle Woes

Humans are supposed to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated.  And in the past decade, more people actually are reaching for water as their daily thirst-quenching drink rather than soda — a great step towards better health!  But because so many of us are on-the-go, we are much more likelyContinue reading “Water Bottle Woes”

Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

In the past few years it seems to be hail to the kale in grocery stores and on restaurant menus.  Kale salads are available everywhere from the trendy DC restaurant Lincoln to the WaWa before the Bay Bridge. And now kale chips are much more widely available than just at health food stores.  Maybe somedayContinue reading “Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing”