All posts by realfoodroad

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 ...

The Husband Cooked Blue Apron: Review

Well, that was an interesting month. Back to work. Recently I received an offer from Blue Apron in the mail, a discount on my first order, to entice me to try the meal delivery service. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for the blog for a while, so I placed my first order, assigning ...

Slow Food International Menu For Change Photo Roundup

The last time you heard from me, I mentioned I was participating in a Slow Food International challenge. The challenge was to cook two meals a week, for three weeks, using ingredients from within a 200-mile radius of my home. I’ve been sharing photos of these meals on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but in case ...