Learning To Love The Salad

Today I’m starting this blog post with a confession … I’ve never really been a “salad person.” Sure, I’ve always enjoyed the “soggy salad” one often gets at local Italian restaurants, but I grew up on them (and really, what’s not to love?). And now that I think about it, I do tend to eat [...]

Our First CSA Share of the Season

Yesterday, I picked up our first Fair Shares CCSA share of the season; call me silly, but it was an exciting moment for me! Fair Shares is a combined CSA. What is a CSA, you ask? CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. In a traditional CSA, subscribers buy “shares” to one local farm in advance to [...]

Celebrating Spring with Local Food and Brew

Last Sunday, The Chef and I piled into a minivan with two of my fellow Slow Food St. Louis co-leaders and their spouses and headed to Columbia, MO, for Slow Food Katy Trail and Broadway Brewery’s “Early-Spring Dinner and Beer Tasting,” a celebration of local spring foods to benefit Slow Food Katy Trail’s Slow Food-in-Schools [...]

Going Greek: Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach

Located in Southern Europe, nestled between Albania and Turkey and bordering the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, sits Greece, a beautiful peninsular country with an archipelago of about 2,000 islands. Greece is home to an array of inspiring cultural experiences, and while I haven’t yet traveled there myself, I’m fairly certain my favorite cultural experience [...]

Obesity Benefits? Not So Fast

When I’m not blogging (or cooking or volunteering for Slow Food St. Louis or hanging out with friends and family … well, you get the picture), I’m working at my “real job” as a product manager at Elsevier. One of the things I love about my job is the fact that I’m continually surrounded by [...]

Sirloin Steak with Grainy Mustard Sauce and Parmesan Steak “Fries”

Chuck and I have recently discovered two new cookbooks that are bringing healthy, delicious meals to our dining room table and both are by Food Network chef Ellie Krieger: The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week Tonight’s recipes were adapted from [...]

Prosciutto Frizzled Halibut with Spicy Broccoli and Cauliflower

As promised in my last post, here is the recipe from tonight’s dinner. It was quick, easy, healthy, and above all, super tasty! Please to enjoy … Prosciutto Frizzled Halibut with Spicy Broccoli and Cauliflower [Adapted from Cuisine at home] Ingredients: For the Bread Crumbs: 2 ounces prosciutto, diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil [...]

Our Week of Meals: April 12th – April 18th

Last week was pretty crazy for both Chuck and I, and we didn’t take the time to plan out our dinners for the week. We did stick to all our other healthy living “commandments” and we still saw good results on the scale, but we were definitely more frazzled when it came to deciding what [...]

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Bacon

“Fat is what I love most about bacon. The fat is the meat, and the meat is the vegetable. It’s like a secret tryst.” — Josh Ozersky Bacon. In the immortal words of Tim McGraw, “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.” As Josh Ozersky said in his recent Nightline [...]

Mmmm … Grassfed Beef Short Ribs

Speaking of shopping locally (ahem, see my last post), I recently bought some grassfed beef short ribs from Missouri Grass Fed Beef at Local Harvest Grocery, and Chuck and I decided to make them for dinner tonight. Missouri Grass Fed Beef, located in DeSoto, MO, has been raising beef since 1945. Their cattle consist primarily [...]

It’s Market Time. Farmers’ Market Time.

Those who know me know I love shopping at farmers’ markets, and once the markets in St. Louis are in full-swing, I rarely shop at “traditional” grocery stores. These days, St. Louisans have plenty of shopping options as more and more farmers’ markets are popping up all over the region, mostly due to the growing [...]

Sharing Fairly, Once Again

Some of you may recall that I began my prior blog, Adventures in Eating Locally, to chronicle my participation as a member of Fair Shares, a combined community supported agriculture (CCSA) program dedicated to getting fresh, local, seasonal food into the hands of more St. Louisans regardless of their income. Chuck and I originally participated [...]

Stopping Subsidies for Dirty Fuels

From the good folks at Care2 and The Petition Site: Congress has been subsidizing biofuels like corn ethanol for 30 years, even though they’ve been proven to be a dirty and unsustainable fuel source. Now Representative Earl Pomeroy (D; ND) wants to extend corn ethanol tax credits for another five years. The production of corn ethanol is not [...]

Starting Spring with Cambodian Summer Rolls

Another day, another recipe from Cooking Light’s Way to Cook: The Complete Visual Guide to Everyday Cooking. What did we make this time? Cambodian summer rolls! I’ve always been a fan of summer rolls because they’re light, fresh, healthy, and most of all, tasty. I am happy to report that the ones Chuck and I [...]