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SNAP: Truth or Lie?

Over at CityLab, there is a great, easy-to-digest, visually appealing explanation of what SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, actually does for the citizens of the United States who live in poverty. If you are among those who believe SNAP should be discontinued because it’s being abused or it costs too much, I urge you ...

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The Trump Administration is Lying About Poverty. Here’s How You Can Help.

There are millions of children going hungry right now, in your own state, because they are out of school for the summer, and school meals are all they have to eat during the year. Here are some links for you to check out, if you want to feed hungry children, since the Trump Administration says they're done doing that.

Closer To Homemade: Chicken Noodle Soup

There are a lot of reasons why people don’t cook, but the reasons I hear most often are related to three big factors: Time. Cost. Ability. Currently, there is also a cultural obsession with perfection, and being The Best at All The Things, including cooking. Being the best at cooking supposedly requires making everything from ...

Read This Book: The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty’s The Cooking Gene is subtitled “A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South”, but it is so much more than that. It is part culinary history, part memoir, part genealogy, part detective story, and part spiritual pilgrimage, written from a poignant, deeply personal point of view. Twitty generously brings ...

Big Green Learning Gardens

Schoolyard vegetable gardens have been shown to have a strong positive impact on children’s food choices. Planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables of their own increases children’s willingness and desire to eat those vegetables, and try new ones. From The Edible Schoolyard program started by chef Alice Waters in Berkeley, CA in 1995, to the many local ...

New Year, New Focus

You’ll notice some changes around here. It is no longer possible for me to write about food in the same way I have been. There are so many reasons for that, too many to share here, and really, that’s not the point. What I can say with certainty, is that what people eat is not ...

How To Pick Out Fruit (new chart from Shari’s Berries)

While I am in the midst of a blog redesign, please take a look at this new chart Shari’s Berries has shared with me via email. It offers useful advice on how to pick out fresh fruit at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Julissa, Community Outreach for Shari’s Berries, writes: “Whether you’re shopping for ...