Asparagus

Asparagus A-Z: Everything you ever wanted to know about asparagus and more, in 26 bites

Spring has sprung and asparagus spears are sprouting. Because it’s one of my very favorite vegetables, and because it epitomizes seasonality, asparagus stars as my Veggie of the Month for April. Check out my alphabetical list of how and why to enjoy asparagus. A: Antioxidants: Loaded with vitamins A, C, and E as well as […]

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Roots + Garlic

Stay Grounded: 8 Down-to-Earth Root Veggies to Love

“March is a month of considerable frustration…,” begins a quote by plant lover Thalassa Cruso. I couldn’t agree with Ms. Cruso more. No longer winter, not yet spring, March has the potential to frustrate food lovers and gardeners alike. So what’s a localavore, or anyone wanting to eat fresh and seasonally to do? Be patient […]

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I’m not Vegan – I’m a lacto-ovo-potato-chip-eating-pescatarian

Jamie Oliver is one of my food heroes. From his early days as The Naked Chef (the food was naked – not Jamie!) to the role he currently plays as food educator and food activist, Jamie challenges us to consider the way we feed our children and ourselves. Several years ago, Mr. Oliver took a […]

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10 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers’ Market

During the summer and early fall, I rarely shop at the grocery store. Of course I have to buy necessities such as toilet paper and laundry detergent, and pantry staples like olive oil, grains, salt and pepper. (As far as I know they’re not harvesting sea salt anywhere near Kansas City.) But I prefer to […]

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2015 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen – Is organic produce worth the expense?

Not sure if it’s worth shelling out the extra dough to buy organic produce? According to the USDA’s Environmental Working Group, in some cases it might be. Every year the EWG reports which fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticide contamination and which have the least. Armed with this information you can decide […]

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Trust in the Process – How Yoga Helps us Process Life

My shoulders have always been tight, but recently, they’ve gotten worse. Now they are really tight and seem to be crying out for my attention: “We’re carrying the weight of your world and we can’t take it any longer!” I’m going through a divorce, and truthfully, it sucks. While the optimist in me has uncovered […]

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Learning to let go

How meditation can help us accept loss…from the inevitable end of a bountiful garden to the unexpected end of a marriage.  Fall is a double-edged sword. Here in the Midwest we are blessed with crisp days, crystal blue skies and glorious fall leaves. But hand-in-hand with the beauty inevitably comes cold weather, shorter, darker days, […]

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Organic Food – Is it Worth It?

It can be difficult to decide if it’s worth spending the extra cash to buy organic food. Thankfully, each year the Environmental Working Group releases their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, that lists which fruits and vegetables are contaminated with the most pesticides and those with the least. I recommend buying organic whenever possible, but when it’s not, […]

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