Poor, Poor Poultry

I recently joined Farm Aid and told the Department of Justice and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to protect family farmers by putting a stop to the abusive practices of big poultry companies. On May 21, the Department of Justice and the USDA held a workshop to investigate the abusive state of contract poultry [...]

More Food Safety Measures from the USDA

On Monday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new performance standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens (broilers) and turkeys, which aims to fulfill a key recommendation of the President’s Food Safety Working Group. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) also released a compliance guide to help the poultry industry [...]

Finding The Perfect Punch

Last Saturday, I attended the baby shower of a good friend, and seeing as how she can’t consume any alcohol (what with being pregnant and all), I offered to make some punch for the event. I was a bit short on time so I searched for “punch recipes” on the Internet and yes, I found [...]

Our Second Share … and A Farmer’s Market Haul

Last week, I picked up our second Fair Shares CCSA share of the season, and here’s what we got: Troutdale Farm Trout Filets (Gravois Mills, MO) Claverach Vineyard and Farm Pea Shoots (Eureka, MO) Dry Dock Farm Lettuce (Silex, MO) Thies Farm Spinach (St. Louis, MO) Biver Farm Lettuce (Edwardsville, IL) Lehr Vegetable Farm Green [...]

What I Didn’t Have for Cinco de Mayo …

… but wish I did! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on [...]