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My Origin Stories: Finland

I stare at the photos, mind racing and mouth watering, as I try to understand how each dish could connect me to a distant place I've never seen, a past I'm working to uncover, people who are the reason I am here at all.

Scarcity and Gratitude and Hope

This was a tough year for our CSA farm. The rain and heat were relentless, making it impossible to successfully bring many crops to harvest. The usual piles of squashes, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, and leafy greens, that have filled vegetable drawers and freezer containers in past summers, did not appear. The pickling cucumbers gave up ...

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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 ...